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

Ohio State wraps up the Autumn portion of the 2017-2018 schedule with the Dayton Intercollegiate in Kettering, OH. This is an 11 team field with 54 holes played over two days.

The Course

The NCR Country Club South Course will be set to a length of 7,055 yards and play to par 72. From these tees, the course is rated at 74.3 with a slope of 143. For comparison, the course I normally play is 6,412 yards long with a rating/slope of 69.3/119.  My round last week was at 6,452 yards with rating/slope of 71.3/128. NCR is way tougher. The par-4s on this course are brutal.

Team Format

The team format is a “play 5, count 4”. Teams can also enter players yo play as “Individuals”.

The Field

The eleven team field is:

Cleveland State, Dayton (host), DePaul, Eastern Michigan, Fort Wayne, Illinois State, Miami (Ohio) Northern Kentucky, Ohio, Ohio State, Wright State

The Buckeyes

1. Daniel Wetterich
2. Will Grimmer
3. Caden Orewiler
4. Kevin Stone
5. Jeg Coughlin III

(I) Caleb Ramirez,

(I) Will Voetsch

(I) Justin Wick

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

First Day Recap

After the 1st round, the Buckeyes had a team score of 290 (+6) which had them in 3rd place. The afternoon round came in much better, with a team score of 286 (+2). Their first day score of 576 (+8) has them in 2nd place, seven strokes behind leader Miami (Ohio) and three strokes in front of Eastern Michigan..

The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer (71-68-139, -3). He was followed by Daniel Wetterich (77-68-145, +3), Caden Orewiler (71-75-146, +4), Kevin Stone (72-75-147, +5) and Jeg Coughlin III (76-75-151, +9).

In Individual play Caleb Ramirez was at (73-75-148, +6), Justin Wick at (76-73-149, +7) and Will Voetsch at (73-81-154, +12).

In the field of 66 golfers, Will G is T-1st, Daniel T-8th, Caden T-13th, Kevin T-20th, Caleb T-26th, Justin 32nd, Jeg T-42nd and Will V T-53.

We Have Stats

These stats are for the five players contributing to the team score. Performance of Individuals is not included in these stats.

In the opening day, 36 holes, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.08 strokes, +3 to par, ranking them 3rd in the field. They played the par-4’s to 4.16, +16 to par, ranking them 3rd. The par 5’s were played to an average of 4.90, -3 to par, T-1st.

Ohio State had 113 pars, ranking them 3rd, and 27 birdies, ranking them 1st in the field.

Daniel

Daniel struggled on his front nine with a 41 (+5) but shot a respectable 36 (+1) on the back nine for his opening 77.

He figured out the course in the afternoon round by making the turn at even par 36, then carding 3 birdies in a five hole stretch for a back nine 32 and a fine round of 68.

Will G

Will had a 2 birdie/1 bogey front nine to make the turn at 35 (-1). He flipped the back nine with 1 birdie/2 bogeys for a 36 (+1) and a morning round of 71.

Will was in complete control of his afternoon round. Through 17 holes he was -4, but a closing bogey finished his round with a well played 68.

Jeg

Jeg began his morning round on the 4th hole and played streaky all round. Through three holes, Jeg was -1. This was followed by four bogeys, followed by four pars, two bogeys and closing with 5 pars for his opening round of 76.

In Jeg’s afternoon round, he had no birdies, but helped the cause with 14 pars. he sprinkled 4 bogeys throughout the scorecard for an afternoon round or 75.

Caden

Caden began his round on the 2nd hole and proceeded to go bogey-double bogey. Ouch. A bogey on the 9th hole out him at +4 and things weren’t looking too promising. At that point, Caden had enough of this nonsense and birdied four of five holes before closing with 5 consecutive pars for an opening round of 71. One hell of a comeback, Caden.

In the afternoon round, Caden had another 4  birdie performance. The problem was he also carded 8 bogeys for an afternoon round of 75.

Kevin

Kevin made his first start of the year in this tournament and acquitted himself well. Beginning his morning round on the 3rd hole, he was +2 through four holes. Kevin settled in with a string of 3 pars, a birdie, then closing with 10 consecutive pars. Quite the auspicious beginning to a collegiate career.

His afternoon round was a good bit choppier. He carded 4 birdies and 9 pars, but also staggered through 3 double bogeys for a 75. Of note, Kevin doubled bogeyed his next to last hole, but birdied the very next hole to finish in style.

Justin

Justin began play in the morning round on the 18th hole with a par. He played the front nine (holes #1 = #9) in a sold 38 (+2) before closing out his back nine in 38 (+2) for a 76.

In the afternoon round, Justin had much better control of his game. He still had 5 bogeys, but they were nearly offset by 3 birdies enroute to a round of 73.

 

Caleb

Caleb also began his morning round on the 18th hole with a par. He played the front nine in 36 (E) before closing with two bogeys to shoot a round of 73.

Caleb began his afternoon round with 6 consecutive pars followed by a birdie. Great start. However, he triple bogeyed then next hole, then settled into another string of 6 pars. His afternoon round was an adventuresome 75.

Will V

Will began his morning round on the 17th hole with a birdie – always a good way to begin a round. He played the front nine in 37 (+1) and finished his back nine in +1 to shoot a 73.

Adventuresome doesn’t quite describe Will’s afternoon round. He did have 2 birdies and 7 pars, but not much else went right for him. He shot a second round of 81. Ugh. To Will’s credit, he did birdie his last hole.

 

Buckeye scores:

Dayton Invitational Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 2 Total
Team 290 286 0 576
Daniel Wetterich 77 68 0 145
Will Grimmer 71 68 0 139
Jeg Coughlin III 76 75 0 151
Caden Orewiler 71 75 0 146
Kevin Stone 72 75 0 147
Justin Wick (I) 76 73 0 149
Will Voetsch (I) 73 81 0 154
Caleb Ramirez (I) 73 75 0 148
To Par 6 2 8


A Few Takeaways

This turned out to be a pretty good day for the Buckeyes. They played fairly well in the morning round and played really well in the afternoon. Freshman Kevin Stone had a well played opening day to hid collegiate career. Other than an uncharacteristic flub by Will V in his afternoon round, all eight Buckeyes performed superbly – well.  A nice situation for coaches Moseley and Smith.

I want to mention that the Individuals (Justin, Will V, Caleb) recorded 13 birdies and 64 pars. Proportionally, not too different from the players shooting for team score.

Up Next

Tuesday is he final round with a shotgun start at 8:45 am ET. The Buckeyes are paired with Miami (Ohio) and Eastern Michigan. I’ll the recap later Tuesday or Wednesday morning. Please stop by.

Go Buckeyes!