(Photo courtesy Ohio State Athletics Dept. Tournament courtesy of Pinehurst and BCGA)
There are two more golf tournaments that involve Buckeyes (Will Grimmer, Daniel Wetterich and Jaclyn Lee) that I want to update you with what’s going on with them. First up; Will and Daniel participated in the 117th North & South Amateur.
North & South Men’s Amateur
The North & South is a long standing (obviously, 117 years…) prestigious amateur event played at the famed Pinehurst #2 course. Past champions include Corey Pavin. Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton, Jack Nicklaus and Buffalonian Ward Wettlaufer.
Ninety players ply two rounds of stroke play competition, played on June 26-27. The low thirty-two players qualify for the match play portion, That’s when things get interesting.
Pinehurst #2 is set up to play at 7,215 yards and a slope of 138 and a course rating of 76.5. In contrast/context, the municipal course I play is at 6,410 yards, has a slope of 111 and a rating of 69.2. Not even remotely close…
The event got off to a blistering start for Will since he opened with a 65 (-5) to take a 2 stroke lead after the opening round. Playing well at Pinehurst apparently is no big deal for Will. In the 2013 Junior North & South played on Pinehurst #1, Will shot a 59 (-11). I kid you not. Some days the cosmic tumblers just click into place. However, the tumblers were jammed for the 2nd round as Will crept in with an 80 (+10). His two day aggregate of 145 (+5) seeded Will 11th in the Round of 32 match play. So far, so good.
In the first round of match play, Will faced #22 seed Patrick Fishburn (Ogden, UT). Will had a steady front nine of 36 (+1) to take a 1-up lead at the turn. Through 13 holes the match was all square before Will played the next three holes birdie-par-par to take the match 3 & 2.
In the Round of 16 matches played later in the afternoon on the 28th, Will faced #6 seed Alex Smalley (Wake Forest, NC), a 4 & 3 winner in his morning match. Through 14 holes, Will was 1-down, primarily because birdies were pretty scarce. Smalley birdied hole #1, the 16th hole of the match, to take a 2-up lead with 2 to play (dormie 2), and that was it.
As an observation, Will’s match play somewhat mirrored his earlier stroke play results. His 1st round of stroke and match play were well played; the 2nd round of stroke and match, less so.
In somewhat related news, Will’s fellow Cincinnatian Matthew Wetterich, brother of Will’s team mate Daniel Wetterich, also advanced through the Round of 32, but lost in the Round of 16. Still, a good performance.
Speaking of Daniel Wetterich; Daniel shot a pair of 77’s in the qualifying stroke play and missed the cut by 5 strokes to the Round of 32,
British Columbia Women’s Amateur
Meanwhile, north of the border, Jaclyn Lee had quite a tournament at the Vernon Golf and Country Club in Vernon, British Columbia. Her final round of 68 (-5) propelled Jaclyn into a four round total of 287 (-5) and a 2nd place finish.
In her first round, she opened with 5 pars then went bogey-bogey-birdie-birdie to make the turn at even par. She scored 8 pars on the back nine with a birdie on the par-5 16th hole for an opening 72 (-1).
On her second round, Jaclyn again opened with 5 pars, then bogeyed 3 consecutive holes before parring #9 to make the turn at 39 (+3). Meh. Her back nine was – interesting. She opened with 3 consecutive birdies, the scored 2 bogeys, 2 birdies and a bogey. Through 8 holes, about 2 hours or so of play, Jaclyn hadn’t seen a par. However, she did par the 18th hole for a back nine of 35 (-2) and a second round 74 (+1). Not too bad, considering all the excitement.
In Jaclyn’s third round, she 2 birdies and 2 bogeys on her front nine to make the turn at even par. She opened her back nine with 5 pars, then closed with 2 birdies and 2 bogeys for an even par back nine and round. Par is good; it’s tough to lose ground shooting par.
Her final round was a piece of artistry. Her 68 (-5) was the best score of the final round. In fact, it was the 2nd best round of the tournament. Through six holes, Jaclyn was -1 to par, a good start. Then things got crazy; she scored 4 consecutive birdies (holes #7- #10) then added two more birdies on holes #12 and #16. At that point, Jaclyn was -7 on the round… good god, that is some fine golf. The round deflated a bit with 2 closing bogeys, but it’s tough to be disappointed in a round of -5.
Congratulations on a fine tournament, Jaclyn.