(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
Ohio State picked up play after the rain shortened Inverness Intercollegiate last week. The travel to Cincinnati to play in the Bearcat Invitational held at Coldstream Country Club. This is a 12 team field with 54 holes played over two days. Monday (September 25th is a grueling day because; a) two rounds (36 holes) are scheduled and b) the temperature is in mid-high 80’s.
The Coldstream Country Club will be set up to a length of 7,111 yards and play to par 71. (That’s a fair amount of yardage to cover at par 71). From these tees, the course is rated at 74.0 with a slope of 139. For comparison, the course I normally play is 6,412 yards long with a rating/slope of 69.3/119. My round this week will be at 6,452 yards with rating/slope of 71.3 128. Not even close…
The team format is a “play 6, count 4”.
The twelve team field is:
Akron, Arkansas, Cincinnati, College of Charleston, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Xavier.
The Buckeyes teed it up with:
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
First Day Recap
Clearly the afternoon heat and fatigue had no affect Ohio State team in general and Daniel Wetterich, in particular. The Buckeyes opened play with a team score of 283 (-1) which placed them in 6th place after the morning round. In the afternoon round, powered by Wetterich, the Buckeyes shot a 271 (-13) to move up to 3rd place, three strokes behind Arkansas and seven strokes behind leader, Kentucky.
Through two rounds, Daniel is the clubhouse leader at -10. For the day he had 2 eagles, 11 birdies and ‘only’ 18 pars. When you have that many sub-par holes, there isn’t too much room for anything else.
For the 36 holes, the Buckeyes were led by Daniel Wetterich 132 (-10). After two rounds, Daniel is the low scorer of 72 players. Will Grimmer and Justin Wick 139 (-3) also came in under par. Caden Orewiler 144 (+2), Caleb Ramirez 147 (+5) and Will Voetsch 148 (+6) rounded out the Buckeye scoring.
Three of the Buckeyes are in the top 14: Wetterich #1, Grimmer #14, Wick #14.
We Have Stats
Through two rounds, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.13 strokes, +6 to par, which ranked them 3rd in that category. They played the par-4’s to an even 4.00, ranking them 2nd. The par 5’s were played to an average of 4.75, -9 to par, ranking them 10th.
Ohio State had 134 pars, ranking them 6th in this metric. Their 42 birdies ranked them 4th. Their 2 eagles (Daniel Wetterich) placed them T-1st.
Let’s see how the players did:
Will Grimmer had a pretty even keeled, well played morning round of 71 (E). Four birdies and four bogeys were the excitement for the morning.
The opening nine (back nine) was pretty much the same – 9 consecutive pars. Will did have an exciting closing nine of 33 (-1) with an impressive 5 birdies, but also a double bogey. He birdied 3 of his final 4 holes for a 68 (-3). Wow.
Daniel began his morning round on the back nine, where he “muddled” around with a 36 (+1). A bogey on #3 (his 12th hole) pushed him to +2. Beginning on hole #5, Daniel gave an omen of things to come with 4 consecutive birdies to end round 1 at 69 (-2).
His afternoon front nine of 33 (-2) kept momentum going. Once he made the turn to his back nine, the fireworks began. Powered by 2 eagles and 3 birdies, Daniel shot an astonishing 30 (-6).
Daniel played the front nine (holes #1 – #9) in -9 to par! Evidently the front nine suits him.
Caleb had 17 pretty well played holes in his morning round; 3 birdies and 2 bogeys. The glitch was on hole #5, his 12th of the day, when he incurred a double bogey 5 on the par-3 hole. He finished with a 72 (+1).
Caleb again had a decent enough afternoon round going for him, +1 after 14 holes. However, he took a triple bogey 8 on the par-5 8th hole. He finished with three pars to shoot a 75 (+4) in the afternoon round. For second consecutive event, Caleb is playing very solid golf for 34-35 of the 36 holes.
Will Voetsch got the start this week. He began his morning round on the back nine and played a very solid 35 (E) with 2 birdies and 2 bogeys. The front nine was a bit problematic with 3 bogeys leading to a 39 (+3) and a 74 (+3) to get thing started.
Will’s afternoon round was similar to the morning trip. He had 4 bogeys and 1 birdie enroute to another 74 (+3).
Will didn’t make many birdies on the day, but he kept his scorecard clean with nothing higher than bogey.
Caden began his round on hole #10 and was +1 at the turn – not a bad start to his morning round. He stumbled with a double bogey on his 11th hole, but birdies 3 of the next 5 holes to finish his round at 72 (+1).
His afternoon round of 72 (+1) was without the double bogey drama. He had 3 bogeys, 2 birdies and 13 pars. Not much scorecard drama and a lot of well managed golf.
Justin began his morning round on the back nine and sailed through to the turn at 33 (-2). He did have a five hole stretch with on;y one par, but three of these holes were birdies, so that’s pretty good. He flipped the scoring on his back nine with 3 bogeys and 1 birdie to go into the clubhouse at even par 71.
His afternoon round had some late excitement. Through 15 holes,Justin was -1; two holes later he was -3 after birdies on a long (568 yd) par 5 and a really long (234 yd) par 3. His afternoon round of 68 (-3) was really a work of art.
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A Few Takeaways
This was a good morning round followed by a great afternoon round by the Buckeyes. Aside from the number of birdies and eagles (We Have Stats), Ohio State really helped their cause by minimizing the self inflicted wounds of big scores. The Buckeyes had only 3 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey. Three of the players; Wetterich, Voetsch and Wick had nothing higher than bogey. A lot of times good golf is like a good zone defense – you just need to keep the ball in front of you.
In Monday’s two rounds, Ohio State showed significant improvement in play on the front nine. In the morning round, the six Buckeyes (those who counted toward team score and those who didn’t) were +3. In the afternoon round they were -5 over the same stretch.
For comparison, the six Buckeyes were even par on the back nine in the morning round and -1 in the afternoon. They need to play off the afternoon round success and get off to a very good start on Tuesday morning.
The final round is Tuesday September 26th. The Buckeyes are in the 2nd wave out at 9:35 am. Ohio State is paired with Arkansas and Kentucky. I’ll have tournament recap that evening or sometime Wednesday. Please stop by.