(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes head to the Tar Heel State to participate in the Irish Creek Intercollegiate in Kannapolis, NC. This is a 54 holes event with a sixteen team field. Rounds 1 & 2 (36 holes) played on Saturday, April 8, and the final round on Sunday, April 9th. The host course is The Club at Irish Creek.
The course is set up at 7,099 yards long and plays to a par of 71. At 7,100 yards, it’s not too long, by OSU standards, but at par 71, it’s no pushover. Some water comes into play and a lot of trees may come into play.
This is the typical “play 5, count 4” format. This gives teams a little wiggle room in the scoring, but not much. Additionally, teams may enter a player to participate as an Individual.
The 16 team field, alphabetically and if ranked, their Golfstat ranking, below.
Akron, Appalachian State, Charlotte, Dartmouth, Davidson, Dayton, #31 Florida State, James Madison, #44 Kennesaw State, #24 North Carolina, #42 North Florida, Ohio State, #24 South Carolina, UNCG, VCU, #8 Wake Forest
1-Daniel Wetterich | So. | 72.72 avg. (18 rounds)
2-Will Grimmer | So. | 71.78 avg. (18 rounds)
3-Clark Engle | Sr. | 74.07 avg. (15 rounds)
4-Caden Orewiler | Fr. | 73.22 avg. (9 rounds)
5-Josh Wick | r-Jr. | 75.67 avg. (6 rounds)
IND-Jeg Coughlin III | Fr. | 72.25 avg. (8 rounds)
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
Ohio State opened with a team score of 289 (+5) to sit in T-8th position. The team had a very strong strong start; after two holes they were -3 and in 2nd place. The next two hours of the round were rough as they gave away quite a few strokes to par. However, they finished strong over the final hour and half of play and picked up 2 strokes. A good finish to the round. Well done, Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer’s sizzling 68 – [sorry, couldn’t resist the alliteration] (-3). He ended the round T-3 in the 93 player field. Daniel Wetterich backed him up with well played 72 (E). Josh Wick shot a respectable 76 (+4) to contribute to team play. Caden Orewiler 76 (+5) and Clark Engle 76 (+5) rounded out the team play.
Competing as an Individual, Jeg Coughlin III shot a 73 (+1).
Daniel began his round on hole #4 with a par, birdied his next hole, then ran of 5 consecutive pars. Things got interesting for him with an eagle 3 on hole #13, quickly followed by 2 bogeys. Daniel played his closing 6 holes in even par to post his round of – even par..
Will had total control of his game this round. Beginning his round on hole #4, Will opened with a par, then had 3 birdies over the next 9 holes to “set” his score, then cruised home with pars over his closing 8 holes.
Clark started his round on hole #5 with a birdie (!), then couldn’t do much right over the next two hours; he played the next nine holes in +7, punctuated by a triple bogey 7 on the tough 417 yd par-4 7th hole. Ouch. However, he did rebound nicely to play his closing eight holes in -1 to par. A much needed, well played closing stretch.
Caden’s round began on the 6th hole with a birdie then strangely, mirrored Clark’s round. He went on a three hole jag (holes #14-#16) in two bogeys and a double bogey. Like Clark, he finished his closing 7 holes in -1 to par. A very nice finish,
Josh’s round began on hole #5 steadily with 5 consecutive pars. He stumbled with a double bogey on the 418 yd, par-4 11th, but recovered to play his next 12 holes in +1 to par. His 14 pars indicated a pretty steady round, except for a 10-12 minute stretch.
Jeg Coughlin III
JC3 began his round on #17 and was +2 through 4 holes. He settled in and played the final fourteen holes with 2 birdies/2 bogeys. He settled into his round nicely after the first 45 minutes or so.
|Par 71||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Jeg Coughlin III (I)||73||0||0||73|
We Have Stats
The statistics are for team play only, no Individual scores are counted. Ohio State had 48 pars, ranking them 13th. They also scored 1 eagle (Daniel Wetterich), 11 birdies and 59 pars. Their 16 bogeys weren’t all that awful, but the 2 double bogeys and a triple bogey were.
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.05, +1 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.12, +7 to par. They played the par-5s to 5.00, even to par.
As mentioned in the first paragraph of “We Have Stats”, Ohio State played fairly decently, they just needed to clean things up a bit. Of the 19 “over par” holes, 12 of them were incurred by two players. In this type of team format, all five individuals need to be sharp.
They started their round very strong, then lost a bit of their steam as the round progressed, then finished strongly. They can play stretches of this course very well; they need to extend those “stretches” in the 2nd round.
The 2nd round of the Irish Creek. Recap will be later tonight (Saturday) or Sunday morning. Please stop by…