(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)

Ohio State resumed play this season with the Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, OH. Twelve teams competed in grueling 36 hole stroke play on Monday and 18 on Tuesday. Due to weather, rain and lightning, the final round was cancelled. The 36 hole results are final.

The Course

The Inverness Country Club will be set up to a length of 7,255 yards and play to par 72. From these tees, the course is rated at 75.9 with a slope of 144. For comparison, the course I normally play is 6,412 yards long with a rating/slope of 69.3/119.  I can’t imagine…

Team Format

The team format is a “play 5, count 4”.

The Field

The twelve team field is:

Bowling Green, Fresno State, Mercer, Miami (Ohio) Michigan, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Ohio State, St. Mary’s (CA), UCLA and Washington.

This is a nice mix, featuring teams from the Big Ten, the PAC-12 and the Mid-American conferences.

The Buckeyes

The Buckeyes teed it up with:

1. Will Grimmer
2. Daniel Wetterich
3. Caleb Ramirez
4. Jeg Coughlin III
5. Caden Orewiler
Ind. Justin Wick

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap

Daniel Wetterich shot two sub-70 rounds (68-69) to finish at 137 (-5) to finish 4th of 87 golfers. Ohio State shot a two round total of 571 (+3) to place 6th.

For the 36 holes, the Buckeyes were led by Daniel Wetterich 137 (-5).  Caden Orewiler 143 (+1), Will Grimmer 144 (+2),  Caleb Ramirez 148 (+6) and Jeg Coughlin III 154 (+12) rounded out the Buckeye scoring.

We Have Stats

Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.17 strokes, +5 to par, which ranked them 11th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.14, +18 to par, ranking them T-7th. The par 5’s were played to an average of 4.85, -7 to par, ranking them 2nd.

Ohio State had 119 pars, ranking them 2nd in this metric. Their 29 birdies ranked them T-6th. Their lone eagle (Daniel Wetterich) placed them T-1st.

Let’s see how the players did:

Will

Will had a pretty even keeled, well played opening round of 70 (-1). Three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars is a well controlled round.

The afternoon round of 74 (+3) was a bit messier. Will did have an impressive 5 birdies, but 6 bogeys and a double bogey were also recorded.

Daniel

Daniel had a very good day. His opening round 68 (-3) was quite well played. Two birdies and a bogey moved Daniel to 1 at the turn. He ‘washed holes #10 – #11 with bogey-birdie, then eagled the 517 yard par 5, 13th hole. Daniel’s eagle was the only one by the Buckeyes and one of only six for the tournament. Well done, Daniel.

His afternoon round of 69 (-3) featured 6 birdies and four bogeys. He played each side in 3 birdies, 2 bogeys and 4 pars. That is consistently… good.

 

Caleb

Caleb had 17 pretty well played holes; 3 bogeys and 2 birdies. The glitch was on hole #4, his 16th of the day, when he suffered (and I don’t use ‘suffer’ lightly) a quadruple bogey 8. His morning round of 76 (+5) was just something to get through. No worries; if a player is +1 for 17 holes of golf, a good round is in progress.

Caleb had a decent enough afternoon round going for him, +3 after 14 holes. However, he went birdie-birdie to get to +1 and finished with two pars to shoot a 72 (+1) in the afternoon round. So, really, Caleb had 35 good holes of 36 played. Nice.

Jeg

Jeg began his morning round on hole #8 and went bogey-bogey; not a good start. He did par the next nine holes before he finished the morning with a 75 (+4).

Unfortunately, Jeg’s afternoon round was a comparative mess. He had 6 bogeys and a double bogey enroute to a 79 (+8).

Caden

Caden began his round on hole #9, was -2 through five holes and completed his opening round at even par 71. This was a good for hours by Caden – even par is your friend.

His afternoon round of 72 (+1) was almost as friendly. It was a 4 bogey, 3 par effort. Not much scorecard drama and a fair amount of well managed golf.

Justin

Justin competed as an Individual, so his scores did not factor into this team standing, but his performance will factor into his team scores at some point in the future. His morning round of 74 (+3) was marred by a double bogey, but Justin did get a birdie to help offset it.

His afternoon round was pretty much deja vu all over again; a 74 (+3) with a double bogey and 2 birdies.

Other than a couple ‘problem’ shots, this was a pretty steady round.

Buckeye scores:

Inverness Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 284 287 0 571 3
Daniel Wetterich 68 69 0 137 -5
Will Grimmer 70 74 0 144 2
Jeg Coughlin III 75 79 0 154 12
Caden Orewiler 71 72 0 143 1
Caleb Ramirez 76 72 0 148 6
Justin Wick (Ind) 74 74 0 148 6

A Few Takeaways

This was a good early season performance. Every player had a sketchy hole or two, they all had several well played holes and a lot of par were made. They had a nice team opening round of even par and the 6th place finish was really on the cusp of a much better finish.

Their 6th place score of +3 was only 6 strokes behind the 3rd place total. I tell you; five players, 36 holes of golf – it wouldn’t have taken much to move the Buckeyes up the leaderboard.

Up Next

Ohio State stays in-state for the Bearcat Invitational. The tournament is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, September 25th and 26th. Please stop by.

Go Buckeyes!