(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Ohio State Men’s Golf (OSUMG) flew into Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Classic tournament. The event is played at the Rio Mar Beach an Spa Resort (River Course) in Rio Grande, PR. It is a three round event, February 18th – 20th.
Course: The River Course is set up at 6,716 yards and playing to a par 71.
Schedule: Shotgun tee times at 8:00 am each round.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: This is an 15 team field, with 8 teams currently ranked in Golfstat’s Top 50. Three competitors are in the Top 10.
Alabama, Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Marquette, Maryland, Middle Tennessee, NC State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue, UNC Greensboro, Virginia Tech.
Ohio State lineup
Due to personal commitments, I’m aggregating all three rounds into this one recap.
The Buckeyes completed the three rounds with a team score of 882 (+30) to finish in 10th place in the 15 team field. Their opening round was 293 (+9) – 11th place, followed by a 292 (+8) – moving to 10th. They closed out the tournament with a final round 297 (+13).
For the three rounds, the Buckeyes were led by Jeg Coughlin III (217, +4) , Daniel Wetterich (221,+8) and Josh Wick (222, +9 ). The Wills followed: Grimmer (229, +16) and Voetsch (231, +18). Jeg finished the event, a 75 man team field, in T-21 position. Daniel was T-34, Josh T-38, Will G T-61 and Will V T-66.
In the Individual event Caden Orewiler shot (216, +3) and Kevin Stone (236, +20). Caden finished T-3 and Kevin T-20.
|Puerto Rico Classic||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Jeg Coughlin III||69||73||75||217|
|Caden Orewiler (I)||70||75||74||219|
|Kevin Stone (I)||78||82||76||236|
Daniel had a pretty so-so opening round of 78. The ‘so-so’ part is to his standards. I’d love to shoot a 78. Daniel followed his opening round with a sub-par 70 second round and a final round of 73. That’s really good golf. Daniel had two of Ohio State’s three eagles and nine of their 35 birdies. On the down side (there’s typically a ‘down side’ to golf) he had two double bogeys and two triple bogeys. As a side note; Daniel’s triples were both in the opening round 78. If you have two triples and still shoot 78, that’s damn good golf.
Will struggled with an opening round 80. Again, I’ll take an 80 – for players of this caliber, no… Will bounced back with a really good 2nd round of 73 and a not-too-bad final round of 76. Will had five birdies, but four double bogeys and one triple bogey.
Will a solid opening round of 75 then backed it up with a 76 in round two; pretty good golf. He stumbled a bit with a final round 80, but he had already contributed to the team score in his first two rounds. Will had the other Buckeye eagle as well as five birdies. Of his three doubles and a triple, most of the damage came in the final round. So, he played two solid rounds of three. It’s harder to do than you’d think.
Jeg got right down to business with an opening 69 (-2), powered by five birdies! He shot a second round 73 and wrapped up the event with a final round 75. To put together really good golf in three consecutive rounds is quite an accomplishment. Well done, Jeg. He had 9 of OSU’s birdies and 2 doubles. A fairly clean card. Which explains the low scores…
Josh opened with a solid 71 (+2), speed-bumped a bit with a second round 78 then closed with a well played final round of 73. He had seven birdies, but flattened out a bit with two double bogeys and a triple. Most of the ‘damage’ was in the second round. The good thing is that Josh’s final round was pretty clean; 1 birdie and three bogeys. Pretty well under control to end the event.
Unfortunately, Golfstat didn’t provide the hole-by-hole detail for the Individual play results. so…
Caden finished T-3 in the Individual Tournament. His three round scores (70-75-74-219, +3) would actually had placed him as the Buckeye medalist for the event. Caden had a good event. It’s always a good thing when one of your Indidvidual plays well; it confirms that the player has “game” and can contribute in a team setting.
Kevin had a rocky start (78-82-76-236, +20) but stabilized his tournament with a solid final round. Kevin has had a couple good early Spring rounds, so this was a good decision to get him back on the course, even as an Individual, to continue to develop that competitive edge.
Actually, I didn’t think it was a bad tournament for Ohio State. Yes, every player had a couple holes that got away from them, as tends to happen in golf, but they all were able to claw back strokes with several birdies, or in some cases eagles. Other times, the players stabilized their rounds with stretches of par golf.
Over half the field was highly ranked, so my expectations were a middle of pack’ish result in standings for the Buckeyes. It pretty much held true to form. Unlike other sports, in golf you can’t control your opponent’s play (I’ve yet to see a half court trap or zone blitz in golf) you can only play your own ball. The Buckeyes did just fine.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.42 strokes, +25 to par, which ranked them 11th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.24, +39 to par, ranking 10th. The par-5’s were played to 4.80, -9 to par, ranking them 12th.
Ohio State totaled 159 pars, ranking them 5th. Their 35 birdies ranked them 12th and their 3 eagles put them in a 4-way T-1st.
The table below, summarizes the round by round team scoring for each category; birdies, pars, etc.
The leftmost four categories are pretty much what I’d expect. A good number of below par holes and a nice number of pars to keep play stabilized. I’m not too concerned about the bogeys; sometimes shots don’t come off exactly as you plan. The coaches will no doubt work with the players to clean up the 2x and 3x situations.
Ohio State gets some time off, from tournament play, not golfing – just to be clear, for a few weeks. They tee it up next in Greensboro, GA at the Linger Longer Invitational. The event runs from March 18 – March 20.
The OSUWG team has an event underway (Feb 25th) today and tomorrow; the Westbrook Invitational, in Peoria, AZ. Recap to follow, of course.