(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) is in Reynolds, GA this weekend for the Linger Longer Invitational. The event is played at the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee. It is a three round event, scheduled March 18th – 20th.
The Course: The Great Waters Course is set up at 7,073 yards and playing to a par 72.
Schedule: Teams will tee off sequentially on the front nine and on the back nine.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: This is a 16 team field, with 3 teams currently ranked in Golfstat’s Top 50. Below are the teams and their Golfstat ranking.
Akron (185), Alabama (8), Augusta (123), Charlotte (88), Cincinnati (99), Georgia (61), Kennesaw State (53), Mercer (150), Michigan (75), Middle Tennessee State (56), Penn State (45), Ohio State (78), Troy (160), UNCG (113), UT Chattanooga (103), Virginia (44)
Ohio State lineup
The Buckeyes got off to a good start and maintained it through the round. Their team score of 281 (-7) has them in 4th place at the end of the 1st round.
The Buckeyes were led by Jeg Coughlin III’s 68 (-4), Will Voetsch’s 71 (-1) and Daniel Wetterich’s 70 (-2). Will Grimmer shot a 72 (E) and Josh Wick a 74 (+2).
In Individual play, Caleb Ramirez shot a 74 (+2).
|Linger Longer||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Jeg Couglin III||68||0||0||68|
|Caleb Ramirez (I)||74||0||0||74|
Daniel opened his round with two consecutive birdies, then mix & matched a bogey, a birdie and 5 pars to make the turn at 34 (-2). He opened his back nine bogey-birdie (his 4th birdie of the round) and cruised to the clubhouse with 7 consecutive pars for a back nine of 36 (E) and a round of 70 (-2).
Will opened with 3 consecutive pars then bogeyed the 186 yard par-3 4th hole. A lot of golfers struggled on tha hole – it was ranked the 2nd toughest hole on the course. Will followed with 5 more pars to make the turn at 37 (+1). He had two birdies on his back nine, including the 18th hole (nice finish) for a closing nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 72 (E).
Josh opened with a par then birdied hole #2. Five pars and two bogeys later, he made the turn in a slid 37 (+1). Coming off a birdie at #15, Josh was even par for the round. A double bogey on the par-4 16th bumped him to +2 for the day. The 16th hole was the toughest hole on the course. Two closing pas got Josh into the clubhouse with a round of 74 (+2).
Jeg got right down to business with an opening birdie, and handful of pars, anther birdie, then three more pars to make the turn at 34 (-2). Has to be a good feeling. Jeg opened is back nine with birdies on #10 and #11, then parred out his closing seven holes for another 34 (-2) and a round of 68 (-4). Jeg was one of the very few players in the 90 player field to have no score higher than par. That’s damn impressive.
Will opened with a birdie on his first hole and was +1 after four holes. Five holes, and 2 birdies later, will made the turn at 35 (-1). Will scattered two bogeys and two birdies amongst five pars on his back nine for a 36 (E) and a round of 71 (-1). Sub-par rounds are always good, and Will delivered what the team needed.
Caleb began play on the back nine with three consecutive pars and through eight holes was +1 for the round. A double bogey on the par-5 18th got Caleb to the turn at 39 (+3). He eagled the par-5 2nd hole to get his round back to +1, then played the next seven holes in +1 for a nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 74 (+2). Other than the ‘blip’ on #18, Caleb put together quite a good round.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.05 strokes, +1 to par, ranking them T-2. They played the par-4’s to 4.02, +1 to par, ranking T-4th. The par-5’s were played to 4.65, -7 to par, ranking them T-7th.
Ohio State totaled 60 pars to lead the field. Their 18 birdies put them in T-9th. Caleb had an eagle in Individual play..
The table below, summarizes the round by round team scoring for each category; birdies, pars, etc.
A lot of pars and birdies. Anything par or below is good – this is good. Only one ‘oops’ hole for Ohio State. They did a nice job of keeping their scorecards clean. Well done.
This was a really good opening round for the Buckeyes. They are in 4th place, 2 strokes in front of Chattanooga. Penn State is in 3rd place (-10) and Alabama in 2nd place (-11). These teams can get caught from behind. Georgia (-16) had an unearthly round. I wouldn’t worry about them too much.
This was a good round of “team” golf. No one went really “low”, although Jeg’s 68 is really good. No one handed strokes back with 2x/3x holes. Every player seemed to cover for one another.
Round two of Linger Longer is Monday. I’ll have recap either Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. Please stop back.