(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes have the final round in front of them for the NCAA Regional Qualifier at Stanford Golf Course Wednesday. The first two rounds are in the books and, unfortunately, the Buckeyes are Playing for Pride and for next season. Here’s the event overview, the participants, what’s at stake at least as far as the Buckeyes are concerned. Here is 2nd round recap.
As a reminder, 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.
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)
Now that we’re up to speed, how’d the final round play out?
Actually, it went pretty well, Their final round of 284 (+4) was their best round of the tournament. Their three round score of 866 (+26) placed them in 9th position. After their 2nd round debacle, the Buckeyes re-focused to shoot the 6th best round of the day.
Will Grimmer turned in a sterling final round of 68 (-2) which moved him up 22 spots to T-27th. Daniel Wetterich’s 69 (-1) enabled him to move up 15 places to finish T-12th, the highest Buckeye finisher in the event.
In yesterday’s article, I asserted that even par will get a team into the NCAA’s. The last qualifier finished at +3, so I was off by a couple strokes.
The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer 68 (-2) and Daniel Wetterich 69 (-1). Clark Engle shot a 72 (E) while Jeg Coughlin III and Caleb Ramirez each shot 75 (+5).
Grimmer willed his way around the course with 2 birdies on the back nine to make the turn at -2. He had 7 pars, 1 birdie and 1 bogey for an even par closing nine. Will finished the tournament at +4 to par to finish T-27th of 75 golfers.
Caleb had sprinkled in a handful of bogeys and unfortunately a double bogey on the par-3 4th, but… the highlight of the day was an eagle 3 on the par-5 16th hole. Caleb finished the tournament at +14 to par to finish T-63rd.
Daniel played his opening nine in even par (7 pars, 1 birdie, 1 bogey) to make the turn at even par. A bogey on his 11th hole (hole #2) moved Daniel to +1 before Daniel closed out his final seven holes in -2 for a back nine round of -1. That had to have been fun two hours to watch. Daniel finished at Even par for the tournament and in T-12th place.
Clark rebounded from yesterday’s round with the round I had expected him to play – a round in the low 70’s. He made the turn (2 birdies/2 bogeys) made the turn at even par, was +2 through 14 holes then closed out his final four holes in even par. Clark finished at +14 and T-63rd place.
Jeg Coughlin III
Jeg, had a pretty good day. For 17 holes, JGIII had 13 pars, 3 bogeys and 1 birdie. Unfortunately a triple bogey 7 on the par-4 18th gummed up his round. Aside from that, he had 4 1/2 hours of good golf. Jeg finished at +12 to finish in T-59th spot.
|NCAA Regionals||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Jeg Coughlin III||73||74||75||222||12|
We Have Stats
Ohio State had 62 pars today, 167 through three rounds, which ranks them T-4th. Ohio State had 10 birdies today, 34 for the tournament, ranking them 12th. Their eagle (Caleb Ramirez) gave them two for the tournament, ranking them T-2nd.
Through three rounds, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.39, +29 to par, ranking them 11th. They played the par-4s to 4.21, +32 to par, ranking them 9th. They played the par-5s to 4.62, -17 to par, ranking them 7th.
The Buckeyes weren’t going to improve their tournament position, but the needed a good round to get their confidence back after Tuesday’s round. I think they got what they needed.
Yesterday, I felt that:
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
Clark came up big. He ended his tenure in style.
For the younger players, they need to step up to show coaches Moseley and Smith they can be counted on for next season.
Sophomores Daniel Wetterich and Will Grimmer stepped up with stellar play on Wednesday. Will shot the 6th best score of the final round; Daniel shot the 9th best score that day. That is a solid finish.
There is nothing else to play for on Wednesday.
They played for pride.
For the men’s team, a long flight back home to Columbus. The team mood has to be upbeat after their final round performance.
For the women’s team, the NCAA Championships will be contested soon, May 19 – May 24. You know we’ll be covering their exploits, please stop in.