(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes were in 4th place after a long (36 holes) first day at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate this weekend on the OSU Scarlet Course. They are within striking distance (6 strokes) of 3rd place Iowa. This is going to be fun. Was it?
Not as much fun as it could have been, but on balance, not too bad of a day. Ohio State shot a final round 304 (+20) to give them a three round total of 903 (+51). They maintained their T-4th place with Penn State.
For the the Buckeyes, Will Grimmer (73 final round) had a three round total of 222. Daniel Wetterich had a (78) 224, Caleb Ramirez (79) 228, Jeg Coughlin III (76) 231 and Caden Orewiler (77) 241.
Competing as Individuals, Clark Engle shot a (76) 224, Jack Mancinotti (76) 228 , Josh Wick (73) 228, Max Rosenthal (81) 234 and Addison Coll (84) 238.
Will was cruising along at even par through 12 holes before he threw a shoe. Three consecutive bogeys on holes #13-#15 slowed his impetus a bit. But not for long; Will finished birdie-par-par to lock up his 73. As we’ll see, below, a score close to par is a good score. Will finished the Kepler in T-9 at +9 to par.
Daniel reverted back to opening round form (2 double bogeys) without the offsetting birdies. He did birdie #15, though. It was tough scoring on Sunday; Dan’s 78 had to count towards the team score. Daniel finished T-14th at +11 to par.
Caleb was off to a good round; he was at +2 after 11 holes. His closing 7 holes were quite the adventure. He did not record a par, played them in +6 and had bookend birdies on #12 and #18. How’s that for scorecard? Unfortunately, his resultant 79 did not count towards the team score. Caleb finished at T-28 position at +15.
Jeg Coughlin III
The good news is that JC3 had quite a few holes at par or better; 2 birdies and 11 pars. The bad news is that a double bogey on #8 bumped him above par (+1) and a double on his final hole. On a day when the average score was over 77, Jeg’s 76 wasn’t that bad, but boy… Jeg finished T-36 at +18.
Caden gained some measure of control during his final round. Like his 2nd round, he had 2 birdies and 8 bogeys. His improvement was he had no double bogeys. Boom! A 6 stroke improvement for him. Caden finished in T-71 at +28.
Clark only had 1 birdie on Sunday, but he had no score higher than bogey. For a day where low rounds were hard to come by, this was a well managed effort. Clark finished T-14 at +11.
Jack didn’t have an eagle on Sunday, like during his opening round, but, he had no score higher than a bogey (7). Jack finished T-28 at +15.
Like all the Individuals, Josh teed of on #10. He dropped in a birdie on #12, then made to the turn at a respectable +2. He brought it home with 2 birdies / 2 bogeys on his closing nine for a great even par back 9. Josh finished T-28 at +15.
Max’s lone birdie came on #6, which always helps a score. Unfortunately, there was a stretch from #11 – #14 where he just couldn’t get untracked. Max finished T-48 at +21.
I’ve had rounds like Addison’s, so you probably know where this is going… Beginning on #10, he was actually -1 through four holes. a four-bogey stretch put him at +3 for his front nine; still not too bad. Then, his closing 8 holes alternated between double bogey and par. That’s a long two hours for Addison. At that point, you’re just trying to get off the course without anyone getting hurt. I am empathetic. Addison finished T-60 at +25.
|Robert Kepler||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 2||Total||To Par|
|Jeg Coughlin III||75||80||76||231||18|
|Addison Coll (I)||76||78||84||238||25|
|Clark Engle (I)||75||73||76||224||11|
|Jack Mancinotti (I)||73||78||76||227||14|
|Max Rosenthal (I)||75||78||81||234||21|
|Josh Wick (I)||80||75||73||228||15|
We Have Stats
The statistics are for team play only, no Individual scores are counted. For the three rounds, Ohio State had 148 pars, ranking them 6th. Their 30 birdies ranked them 3rd. Unfortunately, Ohio State had 12 double bogeys in team play.
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.43, +26 to par, ranking them 6th. They played the par-4s to 4.35, +57 to par, ranking them 6th. They played the par-5s to 4.96, -2 to par, ranking them 6th.
At the start of the round, I thought that OSU may have been in a position to make a run at Iowa for 3rd position. I was wrong; the course (field stroke average 77.41) was playing too tough for anyone to make a run at the leaderboard. Ohio State’s round of +20 was the 5th best score of the day. That’s a tough course. Every team was double digits over par for the day, except for winner, Illinois, who shot an incredible even par round on Sunday.
They improved their play on the par-4s and par-5s from Saturday. They weren’t quite as sharp on the par-3s, but that is understandable. The par-3s on the Scarlet course are brutally long. Their lengths are 201, 221, 221, and 231. There is no letup with theses holes. In fact, everyone had problems scoring well on them. The four par-3s ranked among the 8 toughest holes to par for the weekend.
This should be an interesting week at practice. In a tournament where Ohio State scorecards were littered with double bogeys, there were two players that had no double bogeys. They were Clark and Jack. As I mention, below, the men’s B1G Championships start later this week. It will be a fun weekend.
Ohio State is almost immediately back in action for the Big Ten Championships. The tournament runs April 27-29 at Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, MD. Tournament golf and crab cakes. It’s good to be a Buckeye…