(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
Ohio State headed to the Great Northwest for the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational October 1st – 3rd. The host club is the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, OR. This is a 15 team field with 54 holes played over two days.
The Buckeyes were +14 after two rounds. Let’s move on to 3rd round play.
As a refresher, the Buckeye lineup, below.
The Buckeyes teed it up with:
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
Third Round Recap
Ohio State shot a final round 295 (+11) to finish the tournament at 877 (+25).
The Buckeyes were led by Daniel Wetterich and Will Voetsch with rounds of 72 (+1). Caden Orewiler shot a 74 (+3), Will Grimmer a 77 (+6) and Caleb Ramirez 80 (+9).
We Have Stats
In round 3, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.20 strokes, +5 to par. For the tournament they averaged 3.25, +19 to par. They played the par-4’s to 4.35, +16 to par in the 3rd round. For the tournament they were at 4.23. +31. The final round par 5’s were played to an average of 4.95, -1 to par. For the tournament they were at 5.02, +1 to par.
The Buckeyes had 45 pars in their final round, giving them 139 for the tournament. Their 15 birdies gave them a total of 49 and Caleb Ramirez had the only Buckeye eagle of the day and tournament.
In the first two rounds, Ohio State hurt their cause with several “big numbers”; double bogey, triple bogey, etc. They were much better in the final round with only 2 double bogeys, but they did have a septuple (I had to look it up) bogey; an 11 on a par 4. Yikes.
The Buckeyes began their round on the back nine. Let’s see how they did:
Daniel opened with five consecutive pars, made two bogeys, then birdied his 9th hole (#18) to make the turn at 36 (+1). He opened his back nine with two bogeys, then birdied 3 of his next six holes to shoot an even par 36. Daniel finished with a very solid round of 72 (+1).
Daniel finished with a score of 213 (E) placed him in T-30th place
On his opening nine, he double bogeyed #11 (second round in a row) then added 2 birdies and a bogey before cruising to the clubhouse with four consecutive pars making the turn at 36 (+1).
Caden started his back nine with bogeys on two of his first three holes then played the next 5 holes in -1 before bogeying the 9th hole and finishing with a round of 74 (+3).
Caden’s score of 216 (+3) has him in T-46th place.
Will V had 2 birdies / 2 bogeys in his opening nine to make the turn with a great 35 (E). On his back nine, Will was even par until a bogey on his last hole got him into the clubhouse with a very nice round of 72 (+1). This was a great rebound from his second round troubles.
Will’s score of 225 (+12) has him in T-62nd place.
Will G plodded along with 4 bogeys in his opening nine, shooting a 40 (+4) at the turn. On his closing nine of 38 (+2), he replicated the four bogeys on his opening nine, but somewhat offset them with 2 birdies to finish with a 77 (+6).
Will’s score of 226 (+13) has him in T-68th place.
Caleb had, to put it kindly, a “Tale of Two Cities” round between his opening and closing nines. Coming off a not-well-played 2nd round, Caleb opened play on his front nine with six consecutive pars before making the turn at 36 (+2). So far, so good.
Things looked up on his back nine as he opened birdie-par. Then things got crazy. He played the next three holes, pars 4, 5, 3 in scores of 11, 3, 5. That’s a septuple bogey, an eagle a double bogey. That is… astonishing. He finished his last three holes with two bogeys and a birdie for an 80 (+9). Caleb had a pretty exciting stretch of golf in his last couple of hours.
Caleb’s score of 236 (+23) has him in 75th place.
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A Few Takeaways
Not too sure what to make of this. Daniel and Caden clearly had solid, steady performances. Unfortunately, Will Grimmer (somewhat surprisingly) and Will Voetsch had sporadic (good rounds and not-good rounds) play. Caleb had a very nice opening round then his game went flat and sometimes out of control. It was a tough week for Caleb.
I’m sure this wasn’t the type of play the team and coaches envisioned when they teed things up Tuesday morning. Some days are just like that – not a whole lot you can do. If I recall, the Sun still rose in the East Wednesday morning, so the guys just need to clean up their clubs and get back to work.
The Buckeyes head to the NCR Country Club in Dayton, OH for the Dayton Intercollegiate. The event is scheduled for October 16th – 17th.