(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
Tuesday was the final round of the Bearcat Invitational. Event background/setup and recap of the first two rounds are here.
This was a symmetrical tournament for the Buckeyes. Ohio State ended the first round in 6th place, moved to 3rd place after two rounds and finished the event in 6th place after the third round.
As a refresher, the Buckeyes teed it up with:
Third Round/Event Recap
Ohio State needed a fast start on Tuesday and did that, making the turn at a team score of -4 to par. Unfortunately, the back nine didn’t go so well. A +5 team score got the Buckeyes in the clubhouse at 285 (+1). The three round total of 839 (-13) placed them in 6th place.
In the pursuit of medalist honors, Daniel Wetterich was in good shape through 11 holes on Tuesday at -2. However, back-to-back bogeys brought him back to even par where his finished his round. Daniel finished in 3rd place overall, 2 strokes out of first place.
Speaking of young Mr. Wetterich, based on his performance of late, the B1G has honored his as this week’s Big Ten Golfer of the Week. Congratulations, Daniel; well deserved.
For the tournament, the Buckeyes were led by Daniel Wetterich 203 (-10). Will Grimmer also finished under par at 208 (-5). Justin Wick was barely over par at 214 (+1) and Caden Orewiler was at 219 (+6). Caleb Ramirez and Will Voetsch wrapped up the Buckeye scoring at 220 (+7) each.
Daniel Wetterich finished T-3rd overall and Will Grimmer finished T-11.
We Have Stats
In the third round, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.29 strokes, +7 to par. For the event, they played the par-3’s to 3.18, +13 to par, which ranked them 5th in that category. They played the final round par-4’s to an even 4.15, +10 to par. For the event, they averaged 4.05, +10 to par ranking them 5th. The par 5’s in the final round were played to an average of 4.55, -8 to par. For the event, they averaged 4.69 strokes, -17 to par ranking them 7th.
In the third round, Ohio State had 70 pars, giving them a total of 204 for the event, which placed them T-6. Their final day 15 birdies gave them 57 total ranking them 6th. They had no eagles on the final day. Their 2 eagles for the event placed them T-3rd.
Let’s see how the players did:
I don’t think anyone expected Daniel to back up his 2nd round 63 with another one. He shot -2 on the front (-11 for the event of the front nine!) but came to the clubhouse with a +2 back nine to shoot a final round 71 (E).
Will Grimmer followed his Tuesday afternoon 68 with a final round 69 (-2) to set another under-par finish. Two birdies and a bogey got him to the turn at -1 and an artistic back nine (8 pars, 1 birdie) furnished another -1 for his 69.
Justin had a front nine 38 (+2) based on; 2 birdies, 3 pars and 4 bogeys. His back nine 37 (+2) was less exciting; he did suffer a double bogey, but carded 8 pars on the side to finish 75 (+4). One swing…
Caden got his final round off with a birdie (always a good way to start) before finishing his front side at +1. Unfortunately, Caden couldn’t make up any ground on his back nine with 6 pars and 3 bogeys to finish at 75 (+4).
Caleb had “mirror” nines of 2 bogeys – 1 birdie on Tuesday for his final round 73 (+2). All of Caleb’s “action” was early in each nine. Through the first five holes of each side, Caleb had his bogeys and birdies. He played his final four holes on both sides in even pars. That, is steady golf.
Will Voetsch slipped out of the gates bogeying the first hole, then got back to even par with a birdie on the 4th hole. He birdied #8 and #9 to make the turn at -2 and with some momentum going to the back nine. Didn’t happen. Six pars and three bogeys got Will off the course with a score of 72 (+1).
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A Few Takeaways
Although I’m sure the team would have liked to finished higher than 6th place, in a couple ways I thought this was a good tournament for Ohio State.
- The early season event affirmed that to place well in regional/national events a team has to play at a very high level. They proved they could do that in Monday’s afternoon round. That’s a huge confidence booster.
- Although they finished in 6th, the Buckeyes were only 4 strokes out of third place. A couple more good bounces on Tuesday may have gotten them the strokes they needed.
- Their inability to make birdies on the final round back nine was a killer. In their first two rounds, Ohio State averaged 10 birdies on the back nine. In the final round they scored only 3 birdies.
- Despite having few birdies Tuesday afternoon, the Buckeyes did not beat themselves. In the final round, the 12 team combined for 34 double bogeys and 1 “other” score. Ohio State had only 1 double bogey on the day. This round of well-controlled golf should be encouraging to the team.
The Buckeyes get no rest; they are Left Coast bound for the Nike Collegiate Invitational in Portland, OR. The host venue is Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club and will be played Sunday October 1st – Tuesday October 3rd. Please stop by.