(Photo courtesy Pebble Beach, event information courtesy Ohio State Athletic Department, Golfstat)
The Ohio State men’s golf team got their season underway by playing in The Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, CA. Before we get into the tournament, here’s what you need to know:
The Pebble Beach Golf Links (Blue Course) was set up to 6,828 yards with a course rating of 74.7 and a slope of 143. Although not particularly long for these players, the high course rating and slope point to this being a challenging course.
In contrast, and for comparison, the blue tees at a course I play are set at 6,638 yards with a rating of 72.0 and a slope of 123. This is about max for a course that I’d play and it doesn’t come close to yardage and difficulty of Pebble Beach. It’s not nearly as scenic, either…
The format is “play 6, count 5”. Six golfers from each team participate, but the low five scores are counted towards the team scoring.
Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt.
Ohio State lineup
- Will Grimmer
- Daniel Wetterich
- Jeg Coughlin III
- Caden Orwiler
- Caleb Ramirez
- Will Voetsch
The Buckeye finished 8th of the eight teams. For a season opener, although you’d like to do better, that isn’t too bad of a start. The Buckeyes shot a three round team total of 1,081, +1 to par.
Ohio State had four players shoot par or better at Pebble Beach, led by Will Grimmer and Caleb Ramirez with scores of 213 (-3). Daniel Wetterich had a 215 (-1) to finish under par and in his inaugural event as a Buckeye, Will Voetsch had an even par 216.
Buckeye scoring was rounded out by Caden Orewiler with a 226 (+10) and Jeg Coughlin III with a 230 (+14).
|Carmel Cup||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Jeg Coughlin III||80||73||77||230||14|
In par-3 scoring, Ohio State averaged 3.11, +8 to par, placing them seventh. In par-4 scoring, they averaged 4.16, +28 to par, ranking seventh. In the par-5 scoring the Buckeyes averaged 4.74, -19 to par, again ranking seventh.
The Buckeyes carded 193 pars, the 3rd most of any team. In contrast, they scored 58 birdies, ranking them eighth. Fortunately, their 5 eagles, led all teams in that category.
This year’s score is exactly what they shot last year, 1,081 (+1). Last year the Buckeyes opened with a team score of 366, this year it was 365. Last year’s second round score was 354, this year it was 355. The final round scores for this year and last were both 361. I just thought that was an interesting factoid.
Finally, I want to congratulate Oklahoma State University for their impressive win. Their team score of 1,028 (-52) is… outstanding. I only mention this because former Ohio State coach, Donnie Darr, has returned home to the Cowboys and is enjoying a great deal of success. Good for him.
Going to the PGA Tour briefly, Buckeye alum Ryan Armour had a very good tournament in Columbus over Labor Day weekend. He finished in 2nd place in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship played at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.
Ryan’s score of 271 (-13) was one shot off the winning number put up by Peter Uihlein. Ryan held the 3rd round lead and shot a final round 70 (-1) which included a bogey on the final hole (Aargh!). Unfortunately, he was tracked down by Uihlein’s 65 (-6). Don’t feel too sorry for Ryan, since he vaulted into first place Saturday with his own 65 (-6) in the 3rd round.
Armour’s finish guaranteed him status on the PGA Tour for 2018. Congratulations, well done.
BuckeyeGolf gets a week off before picking up play in mid-September. The men’s team travels to Toledo, OH for the Inverness Invitational September 18th – 19th. The women’s team will be in Madison, WI September 7th – 19th for the East & West Match Play.