(Photo and article background courtesy of Ohio State Athletic Dept)
The last putt has dropped, the scorecards have been attested and the flags are being brought back to the shed; the 2016-2017 Buckeye Golf season is in the books. There are a few accomplishments, some golf related, most not, that I want to recognize. Let’s take care of the on-course stuff first:
Will Grimmer, Daniel Wetterich
The Golf Coaches of America Association (GCAA) selected Will and Daniel to it’s All-Midwest Region Team. From the OSU site:
Grimmer and Wetterich, both sophomores hailing from Cincinnati, played in all 33 rounds for the Buckeyes and ranked ‘1-2’ on the squad for season scoring average. One of the two paced Ohio State in 10 of 11 tournaments. Grimmer recorded the lowest OSU score in each of the first three tournaments of the season while Wetterich strung together three straight top tallies during the Spring slate.
- With both honorees being sophomores, this is a good core for next season or two. This is Will’s 2nd selection to the Regional team; last year he was joined by senior Tee-k Kelly.
- In six year at Kennesaw State, coach Jay Moseley had six all-region selections. In two year at Ohio State, he has four, doubling the pace. Clearly, he and assistant coach Brad Smith are on to something in Columbus.
Katja Pogacar, Jessica Porvasnik, Jaclyn Lee, Rio Watanabe
Katja, Jessica and Jaclyn were voted All-Big Ten status, placed on the 2nd team. Katja and Jessica have been named all Big Ten in each of their four years; each has been 1st team two years, each has been 2nd team two years. Jaclyn led OSU is scoring at 73.71 strokes per round, Katja was next at 74.06 and Jessica at 74.53. That’s pretty good scoring.
Rio was presented the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, to wit:
All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
This is impressive.
The Ohio State University wrapped up a pretty good few months as far as Spring sports/At large sports and academics go. How good?
Ohio State had a league-high and program-record 220 student-athletes placed on the Academic All-Big Ten team for spring and at-large sports, the Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday. In all, 1,644 spring and at-large sports student-athletes from around the conference were recognized.
So, what do you have to do to be Academic all conference? Thanks to Ohio State’s web site we have an answer:
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letter winners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
Okay, two stringent criteria. Here’s how BuckeyeGolf fits into this. Men’s golf has six selections:
Clark Engle Sr. Finance Will Grimmer So. Communications Jack Mancinotti So. Finance Daniel Wetterich So. Finance Josh Wick Sr. Finance Justin Wick So. Marketing
Women’s golf also has six selections:
Zoe‐Beth Brake Sr. Art, Jaclyn Lee So. Finance, Katja Pogacar Sr. Mathematics, Jessica Porvasnik Sr. Finance, Niki Schroeder So. International Studies, Rio Watanabe Gr. Sport Management
This is a pretty big deal. Here are a dozen individuals who have not lost sight of why they attend Ohio State and also happen to be able to play some pretty good golf on the side. I’d like to extend congratulations to these student-athletes who are “doing it right”, both on and off the golf course.