(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)

The Buckeyes host the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate this weekend on the OSU Scarlet Course. This is a 54 holes event with a sixteen team field. Rounds 1 & 2 (36 holes) played on Saturday, April 22nd, and the final round on Sunday, April 23rd.

The Course

The Scarlet Course is set up at 7,455 yards long and plays to a par of 71. That is a lot of golf course, especially to play to par of 71. (Ed: This is about 1,000 yards longer than the courses I typically play, 50 yards or so per hole. I can’t imagine this length…)

The Format

This is the familiar “play 5, count 4” format.  Additionally, teams may enter a player to participate as an Individual. Ohio State is entering five players as Individuals. A lot of Gray on the Scarlet Course this weekend.

The Field

The 15 team field, alphabetically and if ranked, their Golfstat Top-50 ranking, below.

Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, #10 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, #12 Kent State, Miami (OH), Michigan State, Nebraska, Northern Illinois,  Ohio State, #49 Penn State, Rutgers

The Buckeyes

1-Will Grimmer | So. | 72.21 avg. (24 rounds)
2-Daniel Wetterich | So. | 72.42 avg. (24 rounds)
3-Jeg Coughlin III | Fr. | 72.79 avg. (14 rounds)
4-Caleb Ramirez | So. | 74.29 avg. (17 rounds)
5-Caden Orewiler | Fr. | 73.93 avg. (15 rounds)
IND-Addison Coll | Sr. | 75.00 avg. (12 rounds)
IND-Clark Engle | Sr. | 74.33 avg. (19 rounds)
IND-Jack Mancinotti | r-Fr. | 75.00 avg. (5 rounds)
IND-Max Rosenthal | r-Sr. | 76.00 avg. (2 rounds)
IND-Josh Wick | r-Jr. | 75.11 avg. (9 rounds)

The Youth Movement from last week continues, with three sophomores and two freshmen contributing to the team score. Additionally, five more players will participate as Individuals.

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

Ohio State finished a long first day, 36 holes, T-4th with Nebraska, with a team score of 599 (+31).

The Buckeyes were led by Daniel Wetterich 146 (+4), Will Grimmer and Caleb Ramirez, each shooting 149 (+7) and Jeg Coughlin III 155 (+13). Caden Orewiler’s 164 (+22) rounded out team scoring.

Competing as Individuals, Clark Engle led the way with a 148 (+6), followed by; Jack Mancinotti 151 (+9), Max Rosenthal 153 (+11), Addison Coll 154 (+12) and Josh Wick 155 (+13).

Daniel Wetterich

Daniel showed there are different ways to shoot the same score. His opening round 73 was marked by 4 birdies and 2 double bogeys. His 2nd round 73 was a bit more sedate: 2 birdies and 4 bogeys. Daniel sits T-6th place in the 81 golfer field.

Will Grimmer

Will’s day of 74-75 didn’t have much scoring fluctuation in it. His opening round had 2 birdies and a double bogey. His afternoon round had 2 birdies and 2 double bogeys. He had a lot of pars, 24, but the double bogeys took a bit of shine off the round. Still, a good 1st day for Will.

Caleb Ramirez

Caleb 75-74 mirrored Will’s day in a couple of ways. His opening round had 2 birdies and 2 double bogeys. His afternoon round saw another 2 birdies, but he ran into a back nine stretch of bogeys to bump him over par.

 

Jeg Coughlin III

JC3 had a very good front nine on his opening round (even par) then stumbled a bit with a +4 back nine. His afternoon round had a decent enough front nine (+3), then things went to hell with a 5 holes stretch on the back nine here Jeg was +6. Fortunately, he parred the closing three holes to salvage the round.

 

Caden Orwiler

Speaking of rounds going to hell, Caden could not find his game at all on Saturday. When he did have birdies on his afternoon round, they were offset by double bogeys. Some days you get the bear, other days the bear gets you. This was an “other” day for Caden.

Clark Engle

In his opening round of 75, Clark was even par on holes #1-#9, then stalled a bit on the back nine with 4 bogeys. His afternoon round was almost flawless with nines of +1, 73. This was a “rounding back into form” round.

Addison Coll

Addison’s rounds of 76-78 were highlighted by 5 birdies, but marred by 4 double bogeys. Half of Addison’s holes (18) were pars, so he wasn’t that far off the mark.

Jack Mancinotti

Jack probably had some fun during his opening round (73) which was highlighted by an eagle-3 on the par-5 12th hole. Eagles tend to brighten your day. His afternoon round (78) was dulled by two double bogeys, but 2 birdies helped Jacks score a good bit.

Max Rosenthal

Max’s rounds of 75-78 were marked by quite a few bogeys (14). Fortunately, he had only 1 double bogey and carded 5 birdies. This was a pretty clean round by Max. The high number of bogeys indicates he was just ‘off’ by a tiny amount. Not much. His birdies showed he took advantage of several scoring opportunities.

Josh Wick

Josh’s day of 80-75 were quite a contrast. In the morning round, he had a stretch (holes #2-#6) where not much went right. To make matters worse, he didn’t have a birdie. However, Josh turned things around in the afternoon round with 2 birdies and 6 bogeys for his +4 round. He had a clean card, nothing high than a bogey. This was a nice recovery round.

 

Buckeye Scores:

Robert Kepler Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 2 Total
Team 297 302 0 599
Will Grimmer 74 75 0 149
Daniel Wetterich 73 73 0 146
Jeg Coughlin III 75 80 0 155
Caleb Ramirez 75 74 0 149
Caden Orewiler 81 83 0 164
Addison Coll (I) 76 78 0 154
Clark Engle (I) 75 73 0 148
Jack Mancinotti (I) 73 78 0 151
Max Rosenthal (I) 75 78 0 153
Josh Wick (I) 80 75 0 155

We Have Stats

The statistics are for team play only, no Individual scores are counted. Ohio State had 99 pars, ranking them 6th. Their 20 birdies ranked them T-3rd. Unfortunately, Ohio State had 12 double bogeys in team play. For comparison, 3rd place Iowa (+25, 6 strokes ahead of OSU) had 6 doubles and a triple; that’s in the neighborhood of a 9 stroke differential. That’s significant.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.33, +13 to par, ranking them 3rd. That’s pretty good. They played the par-4s to 4.36, +40 to par, ranking them 7th.  They played the par-5s to 5.00, even to par, ranking them 7th.

Thoughts:

My god, the double bogeys on Saturday. Of the teams +/- a couple places of Ohio State after the 2nd round, the Buckeyes were far and away the worst offender with making score higher than bogey. It’s your home course, I don’t get it…

Despite the high score holes, the Buckeyes have played well enough to be in a position to finish in 3rd place this weekend if they can just clean things up a bit.

There will be some interesting choices for Coach Moseley and Coach Smith next week. Several of the players who were penciled in as Individuals this week seem to have rediscovered their games. Decisions, decisions…

Up Next

The final round of the RKI is Sunday.

Go Buckeyes!