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

Note: I’m going with the “red shirt” team photo for today’s final round. Tiger usually wore a red shirt during final rounds, and that usually worked out well for him.

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. Here are the 2nd round results; after a strong front nine, they faded a bit and ended in 5th place; still a good position.

How’d the 3rd round go?

Recap:

Very well, actually. They sprinted home in their last two (or so) hours of play on the back nine, shot a team score of 280 (Even Par) and climbed into 3rd place, an improvement of two spots.

The Buckeyes played well on their front nine, had a sluggish mid-round stretch, then closed strong in their final five holes to make a late climb up the leaderboard. Their front nine team score of -4 got them off to a great start; at one point, they’d advanced into 3rd place. A mid-round slump (holes #10-#13) caused them to lose 8 strokes to par and they’d slid down to 7th. The outlook was pretty dreary. But (there’s always a but), OSU took control of their games and their fate by playing the final five holes in -4 to par.

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 birdied his opening hole (never a bad thing) then closed his from nine with birdies on #8 – #9 to make the turn a -3. Wow. He bogeyed the first two holes of the back nine, however.  Will played the next five hole stretch in -1, then finish his back nine as he did his front; birdie-birdie. He had a team high 6 birdies on Sunday. Will finished in 2nd place (70 golfers) with a three round score of 206, -4. Well played, Will, well played.

Here (courtesy of OSU Athletics) is Will’s birdie putt on #18.

 

 

 

Caleb Ramirez

Caleb straightened out yesterday’s scoring issues. He carded 4 birdies, 4 bogeys and 10 pars for his even par round. He kept his score no more than +/- 1 to par throughout the round; there was never a question that Caleb wouldn’t contribute to team score. Caleb finished in T-14th position.

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 finished in T-20th place.

 

Clark Engle

Clark had an interesting round. He raked in 3 birdies on his front nine enroute to a -1. On his back nine, he was +3 through six holes. With three holes to play, Clark was +2, not bad, but on Saturday he bogeyed the last three holes. Today, Clark came through with 3 consecutive pars. This was a seal the deal finish. Clark finished in 41st place.

Jeg Coughlin III

Jeg had a decent enough round, didn’t play too badly, but just couldn’t get his score low enough to add to the team numbers. Interestingly, Jeg had six bogeys on each of his three rounds. He had no score higher than that; he was just off a bit, not much. Still, a good event for him. Jeg is T-48th spot.

Buckeye Scores:

Big Ten Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 283 292 280 855 15
Caleb Ramirez 69 74 70 213 3
Clark Engle 73 76 72 221 11
Jeg Coughlin III 74 76 74 224 14
Daniel Wetterich 72 71 72 215 5
Will Grimmer 69 71 66 206 -4

We Have Stats

Through the three rounds, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.25, +15 to par, ranking them 6th. They played the par-4s to 4.08, +15 to par, finishing in 2nd place position.  They played the par-5s to 4.97, -1 to par,placing them to 10th place position.

For the tournament, Ohio State had 163 pars, ranking them in 6th place position. Their 41 birdies ranked them 4th overall.

Thoughts:

Sunday’s back nine started out resembling Saturday’s: not a whole lot of positive stuff going on for the Buckeyes. However, the play on the last 5 holes were of a different nature.

  • Will birdied 3 of the last five holes, including #17 and #18 the 496-yard par 4, 18th. That is a long par 4.
  • Daniel birdied 2 of his last five holes, #17 – #18.
  • Jeg, although his score didn’t count toward team score, played this stretch in even par.
  • Clark, although he played this stretch in +2, parred the final three holes to keep OSU from slipping in standings.
  • Caleb played this stretch in -1, closing with 2 pars to keep him at even par.

This was clutch play coming down the stretch when they needed it. This was meaningful; it flipped the team’s mindset from potentially finishing in the middle of the herd to a top 3 finish. That’s a big difference.

Other than Saturday’s back nine getting away from them, this was a well played tournament for Ohio State. They responded with birdies when they truly needed them. They also managed their games well. For the three rounds, OSU’s worst holes were only three double bogeys, and no triple bogeys. Of the top 5 finishing teams, this was far and away the lowest number of “high numbers”.

The NCAA Regionals are upcoming; 6 regions with 13 team invited per region. Ohio State entered this event ranked #60 by Golfstat. The 3rd place finish should help the Buckeyes in the minds of the selection committee. Will it be enough? We’ll find out in a week.

 

Up Next

May 15th – 17th are the NCAA Regionals. TBD. Stay tuned, we’ll have update on selection committee decisions.

Go Buckeyes!