(Featured image courtesy grittv.com. Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of BirdieFire)

(Ed note: due to holiday travel commitments, I’ve rolled up recap into this article.)

The Buckeyes headed West Lafayette, IN for the Boilermaker Invitational. This was a 54 holes event with a fifteen team field. Rounds 1 & 2 (36 holes) played on Saturday, April 15 and the final round on Sunday, April 16th. The course is one of several that will later host NCAA Regional play, so a few good rounds may pay a lot of dividends for the Buckeyes.

The Course

The course is set up at 7,465 yards and to par of 72.  That is a long, long golf course. (For sense of scale, this set-up is about 1,000 yards [55 yds/hole] longer than I typically play.) The guys will be playing from the tips this weekend. Welcome to Big Boy golf…

The Format

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. Interestingly, Ohio State has decided not to enter any Individuals.

The Field

The 15 team field, alphabetically and if ranked, their Golfstat Top-25 ranking, below.

Cincinnati, Indiana, #12 Kent State, Miami (OH), Michigan, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Southern Illinois, Toledo, UCF, #16 UNLV, Wisconsin

This is a solid field. In addition to two highly ranked teams, there are also other teams (Ohio State, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan State) who traditionally have fielded strong squads. Unless the weather gets dicey with a lot of rain/wind, I expect to see some pretty good golf.

The Buckeyes

Here is the Ohio State lineup:

1-Daniel Wetterich | So. | 72.38 avg. (21 rounds)
2-Will Grimmer | So. | 71.90 avg. (21 rounds)
3-Caden Orewiler | Fr. | 73.25 avg. (12 rounds)
4-Jeg Coughlin III | Fr. | 72.64 avg. (11 rounds)
5-Caleb Ramirez | So. | 74.14 avg. (14 rounds)

Notice anything? They are all young; sophomores and freshmen. The Young Guns are teeing it up.

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

Ohio State shot a final round 283 (-5) to move up two spots to finish in 5th place. Their final round score was the 2nd best score for the final round. After two opening rounds of 301 (+13) had them in 7th place.

Interestingly, at last year’s Boilermaker Invitational, with a different lineup, different playing conditions and different competitors, the Buckeyes shot almost the identical score (884) and finished in 7th place.

The Buckeyes were led by Daniel Wetterich’s 218 (+3) and Jeg Coughlin III’s 220 (+4). Will Grimmer shot a 223 (+7), Caleb Ramirez a 225 (+9) and Caden Orewiler a 230 (+14).

The Young Guns took a day (36 holes) to get their bearings, but their final round was superb. Here’s how good it was; in the final round, Caleb had a 74 (+2). This is a good score by any measure. In fact, of the previous day’s 10 rounds by OSU, his 74 would have been 2nd low score. On Sunday, Caleb’s 74 didn’t count towards the team score. He did contribute to the team score for the first two rounds, so hopefully there is some solace for him.  A score that anyone would have loved to have shot on Saturday fell short on Sunday.

 

Daniel Wetterich

Daniel was one of three Buckeyes to open with a 75 in Saturday’s morning round. He rebounded nicely with rounds of 71-72 over the final two rounds. Although he did manage to average 4 birdies per round, he scoring improvement was accomplished by reducing the number of bogeys. In the final two rounds, he had as many bogeys combined as he did in his opening round. Once he got settled in after the opening round, his play sharpened up quite a bit. Daniel finished T-9th place in the 84 player field.

Will Grimmer

Will finished strong with a final round of even par. Will’s mid-70’s scores in the first two rounds can be attributed to double bogeys. He cleaned that up for the final round. He averaged about 3 birdies per round. Will finished T-30 in the field.

Caden Orwiler

Caden’s opening two rounds on Saturday were pretty rough, going +13 on Saturday. But, the great thing about being young, is that stuff doesn’t bother you too much. In his final round, Caden avoided double bogeys, had 2 birdies and 13 pars and made a nice contribution to the team score.  A very nice finish. Caden finished T-61 in the field.

Jeg Coughlin III

JC3 was “okay” with a first round 75, then “not so okay” with a second round 79. Things were pretty ‘bleh’ on Saturday; he had 8 bogeys, one double bogey and no birdies. His final round was a “let me play through” 66 (-6) which really powered Ohio State in its strong finish. His final round had 7 birdies, including four consecutive, on holes #4 – #7.

Caleb Ramirez

Caleb improved his score each round; 75-74-73. which is always a good performance. Although, as mentioned above, his good final round didn’t contribute to the team score, he did in the first two rounds. Ohio State was only 3 strokes clear of the 6th place finisher, so every stroke counts in these events and Caleb more than did his part. Caleb finished T-40 in the field.

Buckeye Scores:

Boilermaker Invit Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 301 301 283 885 21
Daniel Wetterich 75 71 72 218 2
Will Grimmer 75 76 72 223 7
Caden Orewiler 78 79 73 230 14
Jeg Coughlin III 75 79 66 220 4
Caleb Ramirez 76 75 74 225 9
13 13 -5 21 21

 

We Have Stats

The statistics are for team play only, no Individual scores are counted. For the tournament:

Ohio State 1 eagle () putting them in a T-2nd. They had  36 birdies, ranking them 7th. Their 168 pars, ranked them 4th.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.12, +7 to par, ranking them 2nd. They played the par-4s to 4.15, +22 to par, ranking them T-6th.  They played the par-5s to 5.12, +7 to par, ranking them T-10th.

In their final round, they dramatically improved in their “things I wish I’d done differently” category. In their opening round they had 3 double bogeys. In round two, they had 5 of them. In the final round, there was only 1. Staying away from high numbers often leads to low numbers.

Thoughts:

  • I think the coaches rolled the dice with the Young Guns lineup of three sophomores and two freshmen. It seemed like the first two rounds the team struggled a bit to find its footing. Then, the Young Guns shot the place up in the final round.
  • This strong finish by a young lineup has to be gratifying to coaches Jay Moseley and Brad Smith and to the players.
  • This week in practice should be interesting; do the underclassmen maintain their playing momentum? Do upperclassmen find their games? I guess we’ll find out this weekend.

Up Next

The Buckeyes host the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate this weekend. It s a two round, event held Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd.  Last year, the Buckeyes had a good showing, placing 4th in the 16 team field.

Go Buckeyes!