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

The Buckeyes are in Baltimore, MD this weekend for the Big Ten Championships. The host course is the Baltimore Country Club. This is a three day (54 holes) event with a fourteen team field. Round 1 is Friday morning, followed by round 2 on Saturday, April 29th and the final round, Sunday, the 30th.

Here’s the tournament rundown and the first round results. After the opening round, the Buckeyes are in 2nd place. How’d the 2nd round go?

Recap:

Not too well, actually. They faded on the back nine, shot a team score of 292 (+12)  and fell to 5th place.

Yesterday’s back nine team score of +1 turned out to be a distant memory. The back nine team score today was +8 .On Friday, although they did have 2 double bogeys on the back nine, they also scored 9 birdies. Today, they avoided the double bogeys, but they (almost) avoided the birdies, as well, getting only 1 birdie.

The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer and Daniel Wetterich, each shooting 71 (+1). Caleb Ramirez shot a 74 (+4). Clark Engle and Jeg Coughlin III each shot a 76 (+6) to round out Ohio State scoring.

Will Grimmer

Will had a steady, well played round. He had 3 bogeys and 2 birdies on Saturday. This is second consecutive round that Will has been low scorer for Ohio State. He helped himself with a round of nothing higher than bogey. He’ll need another similar round on Sunday.  Will sits T-5th position of 70 golfers.

Daniel Wetterich

Daniel was ‘hot’ on his front nine (3 birdies, -2) but then ‘lukewarm’ on back nine with 3 bogeys. Like Caleb and Will, Daniel got through 5 hours of golf without a double bogey. A round of +1 and co-medalist for your team is a fine day of golf. Daniel is in T-17th place.

Caleb Ramirez

Yesterday, Caleb had 5 birdies and 2 bogeys. Today, he had 1 birdie and 5 bogeys. Being just a little less sharp does show up on the scorecard.. Caleb also sits in T-17th position.

 

Clark Engle

Clark had an adventuresome front nine (2 birdies, double bogey) enroute to a +2 at the turn. However, things stalled on the back nine as he closed with three consecutive bogeys. Clark is in T-45th place.

Jeg Coughlin III

Jeg struggled, comparatively speaking, for the second consecutive round. Maybe the course doesn’t suit his eye. Maybe he had too much Old Bay seasoning on his crab-cakes this week. Who knows?  On Friday, Jeg had 3 birdies and 6 bogeys. Saturday, he duplicated the 6 bogeys… without the birdies. Jeg is T-49th spot.

Buckeye Scores:

Big Ten Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 283 292 0 575
Caleb Ramirez 69 74 0 143
Clark Engle 73 76 0 149
Jeg Coughlin III 74 76 0 150
Daniel Wetterich 72 71 0 143
Will Grimmer 69 71 0 140

 

We Have Stats

Through two rounds, the Buckeyes have played the par-3s to an average of 3.33, +13 to par, ranking them 12th. That’s a nine spot drop from yesterday. They played the par-4s to 4.13, +16 to par, maintaining their 3rd place position.  They played the par-5s to 4.80, -4 to par, maintaining their 3rd place position.

Through 36 holes, Ohio State had 112 pars, maintaining their 3rd place position. Their 23 birdies ranked them 6th, a drop of 4 positions .

Thoughts:

The Buckeyes just couldn’t get any putts to drop on Saturday. Other than some sketchy par-3 play, they were again very solid in par-4 and par-5 scoring. This means their ball striking was still at a high level. You can hit good shots into greens and not make putts. You can hit good shots and just miss greens.

Thinking this through a bit, it did seem there were just a wee bit off on Saturday. They had a lot of pars (31) and although quite a few bogeys (13), no score was higher than a bogey; this confirms my earlier statement  about the ball striking being generally solid. It doesn’t take much to add a stroke here and there to your scorecard. If each player if off by just two strokes, that will add 8-10 strokes to the team score. These players walk a fine line…

Yesterday, I thought OSU could set themselves up for a 2nd place finish. I also mentioned that they need to play well enough that they don’t get caught from behind. Well, they got caught from behind and now either catch 4th place Wisconsin (3 strokes ahead) or get caught by 6th place PSU (2 strokes behind).  Illinois, at -12 and with a 20 stroke cushion, will win this easily, unless their team has a brain freeze, signs incorrect scorecards and DQ’s.

Rest up tonight, gentlemen; tomorrow is a big day.

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