(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.
Here’s the who, what, where of this week’s event as well as 1st round recap. Let’s move on to second round coverage…
In the afternoon round, Ohio State had a team score of 291 (+7) to sit in 11th place, a 3 spot drop from the morning round. This round somewhat mirrored the opening round; Ohio State starts extremely well, then after about an hour of play, goes into a funk.
The Buckeyes were led by Daniel Wetterich’s 70 (-1). Josh Wick shot a 72 (+1). Clark Engle and Caden Orewiler again match scores with 74’s (+3) to contribute to the team score. First round Buckeye medalist Will Grimmer bumped it around in 76 (+5).
Competing as an Individual, Jeg Coughlin III shot a 69 (-2).
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 lost his edge in the afternoon round, he had 1 birdie but 6 bogeys. This was an odd day; he was team medalist in the opening round, then in the afternoon round, did not contribute to the team score.
Clark improved two strokes from the morning round. He had 2 birdies, but avoided any score higher than bogey.
Caden had 2 birdies, but did slip with a double bogey. He did record 12 pars for the round.
Josh had a few bogeys (6), but recorded 4 birdies, including back-to-back on holes #5-#6. He also had no score higher than bogey, an improvement from the first round.
Jeg Coughlin III
JC3 tied Daniel Wetterich with most birdies for the round (5) enroute to his sub-par 69 (-2). After 13 holes, Jeg was even par, then birdied 2 of his remaining 5 holes. He’s definitely making a case for inclusion in team play.
|Par 71||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Jeg Coughlin III (I)||73||69||0||142|
We Have Stats
The statistics are for team play only, no Individual scores are counted. Below are two-round aggregate stats.
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.13, +5 to par, ranking them 5th in the field. They played the par-4s to 4.20, +22 to par, ranking them 12th in this category. They played the par-5s to 4.83, -5 to par, ranking them 12th. Their scoring ranking and leaderboard placement seem to be somewhat correlated.
Through two rounds, Ohio State has 1 eagle (Daniel Wetterich!), t-4th in this category. They have 25 birdies, ranking them 12th and 110 pars, ranking them 7th in that category.
Ohio State was inconsistent, to say the least. After the first 40 minutes or so, they were -5 for the round and had moved from 8th to 4th. An hour later, they had given it all back, and then some.
After the first round, I didn’t think they were in too bad of a position. Although in 8th place, they were only three strokes out of 4th place. The afternoon round was a total wash. Although their average score was 73.2, they lost a stroke and a half, per player, to the field. The issues was, although a round of +7 isn’t terrible, there were three teams that were -10 or better for the round. Against those teams, OSU was losing a stroke per hole.
Realistically, I don’t see them improving on their 11th place position; the teams in front of them, Appalachian State and Charlotte, are 7 strokes clear of them. Hopefully, the Buckeyes can get off to a strong start on Sunday and maintain it throughout the round.
The final round of the Irish Creek.