(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. Here is recap of 1st day play.
(I) Caleb Ramirez,
(I) Will Voetsch
(I) Justin Wick
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
Final Round Recap
The Buckeyes shot a final round 289 (+5) to finish in solid 2nd place in Kettering. Their three days score of 865 (+13) had them just a handful (five to be precise) of strokes behind Miami (Ohio). The final round score was the best of any competitor on Tuesday, this was a very good way to finish a tournament.
On Tuesday, the Buckeyes were led by Jeg Coughlin III 68 (-3). Kevin Stone 73 (+2), Will Grimmer 74 (+3) and Caden Orewiler 74 (+3) contribute to the team score. Daniel Wetterich completed the scoring with a 75 (+4).
In Individual play Justin Wick had a 75 (+4), Will Voetsch a 76 (+5) and Caleb Ramirez a 78 (+7).
For the three rounds, in the field of 66 golfers, Will G finished 3rd, Jeg 3-sticks T-9th, Kevin, Daniel and Caden T-14. Justin finished T-32nd, Caleb T-39th and Will V 51st.
We Have Stats
These stats are for the five players contributing to the team score. Performance of Individuals is not included in these stats.
For the event, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.08 strokes, +5 to par, ranking them 1st in the field. They played the par-4’s to 4.17, +28 to par, ranking them 4th. The par 5’s were played to an average of 4.87, -6 to par, ranking them 2nd.
From my perspective, the front nine par-3s aren’t a problem in terms of length, but the back nine par-3s are impossible. Their par-3 scoring is damn impressive to me. I can’t relate to how well they played the par-4s. Three of the ten par 4s are playable for me – the others pretty much play as par-5s. The par-5s aren’t that long, so that the Buckeyes played them so well makes sense.
Ohio State had 175 pars, ranking them 3rd, and 38 birdies, ranking them T-2nd in the field.
Daniel, despite opening with a double bogey, played the front nine in even par. His back nine started with two pars and ended with two pars. The “in between” was marred by four bogeys and a round of 75.
Will had 17 good holes on his round. A 74 was a nice contribution to the team score. He had 15 pars, a birdie, a bogey and an “other”. Overall, this was a good round for Will.
Jeg didn’t have much going in his opening two rounds, comparatively speaking, but played extremely well in the final round. His five birdies were almost half of the team total and his 68 (-3) was far and away the best score for the day. Clutch play there, Jeg.
Caden was +2 after three holes. He quickly stabilized the patient and finished +3 for the day. Two birdies and a string of pars evened his keel. Which was important, because “a stroke here, a stroke there” makes a big difference in team play.
Kevin was +2 after 6 holes. He righted the round with a birdie, a bogey and 9 consecutive pars to shoot a 73 and a significant contribution to the team score.
Justin had a triple bogey that was offset by 3 birdies (tied for second most of Buckeyes). His closing round 75 as an Individual was a nice finish to the Fall Schedule.
Caleb had a bit of a struggle on Tuesday. Half his holes were over par (something I typically do) although he did record two birdies (something I rarely do) for his round of 78. He was more over par in this round than in his first two rounds combined, so I’d consider this at outlyer round for young Mr. Ramirez. Not to worry.
Will rang up 2 birdies and a handful (or so) of bogeys for a final round of 76. Despite his aberration of a 2nd round on Monday, Will put together two good rounds this week. A nice way to wrap up your inaugural season as a Buckeye.
|Dayton Invitational||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 2||Total||To Par|
|Jeg Coughlin III||76||75||68||219||6|
|Justin Wick (I)||76||73||75||224||11|
|Will Voetsch (I)||73||81||76||230||17|
|Caleb Ramirez (I)||73||75||78||226||13|
A Few Takeaways
This was about s good as it can get for the team and the coaches. All five players (team score) finish in top 14. Two players, Grimmer and Coughlin 3-sticks, finish in top 10. Kevin Stone, making his inaugural appearance, finishes in top 15. Life is pretty good for Coach Moseley and Coach Smith right now.
I want to mention that in the final round the Individuals (Justin, Will V, Caleb) recorded 7 birdies and 26 pars. Again, proportionally not too different from the players shooting for team score.
The Buckeyes are off on their mid-season sabbatical. Hopefully we can have a Q & A with the coaches over the Holidays. The next scheduled event is the Big Ten Match Play scheduled for February 9th – 10th in Palm Coast, FL. This assumes Florida is still above water in four months.