(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes are left coasting it at the Stanford Golf Club this week, participating in the NCAA Regional Qualifier tournament, Stanford Region. This is a three day (54 holes) event with a thirteen team field. Round 1 is Monday morning, followed by round 2 on Tuesday, May 16th and the final round, Wednesday, May 17th.
The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships held the last week in May. Additionally, 10 Individuals (from teams not qualifying for the Regional) will participate this week, with the top Individual advancing to the NCAA Championships.
Here’s the event overview, the participant, what’s at stake and 1st round results, at least as far as the Buckeyes are concerned.
1-Will Grimmer | So. | 72.03 avg. (30 rounds)
2-Daniel Wetterich | So. | 72.57 avg. (30 rounds)
3-Jeg Coughlin III | Fr. | 73.70 avg. (20 rounds)
4-Caleb Ramirez | So. | 74.09 avg. (23 rounds)
5-Clark Engle | Sr. | 74.29 avg. (24 rounds)
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
Pretty bad, actually. On a day where the Buckeyes had to play to their personal best, they didn’t. Ohio State again began its round on the back nine, and their opening 90 minutes or so took them completely out of any hopes to advance to the NCAA’s. Their team score of 294 (+14) dropped them into 10th position and out of any chance to make the top five teams. It was the worst score of any competitor on Tuesday. A rise to the occasion did not happen.
This round was torpedoed midway through the opening nine holes. Through five holes (#14 if you’re keeping score at home) the five Buckeyes were a combined +16 to par. At that point, further golf was a formality. They did manage to rally with some good back nine play, notably Wetterich and JCIII, but that was just “working on your game” stuff.
In yesterday’s article, I asserted that even par will get a team into the NCAA’s. Through two rounds three teams are tied for 5th place at even par. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it. (fingers crossed)
The Buckeyes were led by Daniel Wetterich 70 (E). Jeg Coughlin III and Caleb Ramirez each shot 74 (+4). Will Grimmer finished the team contribution with a 76 (+6) and Clark Engle shot a 78 (+8).
Will had a little bit of everything going on today. He had a few bogeys (4), 2 birdies but 2 double bogeys. Will sits at +6 to par and in T-49th of 75 golfers.
Caleb had a 74, but really had one bad hole, the double bogey on #14. He had 11 pars and was +2 on his other 6 holes. Caleb sits at +9 and in T-63rd.
Daniel opened with bogey, then ran off 8 consecutive pars; so far, so good. His closing nine was a bit more exciting with 4 birdies and 3 bogeys. That had to have been fun to watch. Daniel is in +1 for the tournament and in T-27 place.
Clark relieved himself of team scoring duties during his first hour of play. Through six holes, he was +6 to par. He made the turn at +7. He had a good back nine of +1, but by then it didn’t matter. Clark is at +12 and in T-70th place.
Jeg Coughlin III
Jeg was not very good in his first +1 hour of play; +4 through 4 holes. Through 14 holes, he was +7 (we’re now in my scoring territory at this point), but he ended the round on a high note by birdieing 3 of his last 5 holes. Jeg is at +7 and in T-55th spot.
|NCAA Regionals||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Jeg Coughlin III||73||74||0||147|
We Have Stats
Ohio State had 47 pars today, 105 through two rounds, which ranks them 8th. In a somewhat deceiving stat, OSU had 15 birdies, 6 more than their first round. In fact, on their closing nine holes, they had more birdies (12) than their entire opening round. Their two round total of 24 birdies ranks them 12th.
Through two rounds, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.40, +20 to par, ranking them 11th. They played the par-4s to 4.25, +25 to par, ranking them 10th. They played the par-5s to 4.67, -10 to par, ranking them 8th.
In the 2nd round, they played the par 3’s “much less well” than in the opening round. The par 4’s and par 5’d were played almost identically to the opening round.
The Buckeyes needed to duplicate their strong opening nine hole start from yesterday, but went in reverse. In the first round, they had nine birdies and only two double bogeys. Today, they had 15 birdies but 6 double bogeys and a quadruple bogey.
Today, I finally have to be brusque in describing OSU golf. It was not good golf. I fully understand how challenging this game can be. Would I have scored as well as OSU golfers at Stanford? No, no I wouldn’t. But then, I’m not a 20 year old on scholarship to a prestigious division I school.
Where do they go from here? First, Clark Engle has to redeem today’s round with a round in the low 70’s on Wednesday. This will be his last round as a Buckeye; I doubt he’ll want to end his college career on this note. For the younger players, they need to step up to show coaches Moseley and Smith they can be counted on for next season. There is nothing else to play for on Wednesday.
The final round of the of the NCAA Regional qualifier is tomorrow. Please stop by for the recap.