(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.

Here is the tournament set-up and first round recap.

Ohio State lineup

1. Daniel Wetterich
2. Will Grimmer
3. Josh Wick
4. Jeg Coughlin III
5. Will Voetsch
Individual:  Caleb Ramirez

Recap

The Buckeyes shot a team score of 289 (+1) to maintain their position in 4th place through two rounds with an aggregate score of 570 (-6). Almost all the teams shot within a few strokes of par this round, so there wasn’t much movement on the leaderboard.

At one point, just past mid-way of the round, Ohio State was actually tied for 3rd with Penn State, but three late team bogeys on #16, the toughest rated hole on the course, drifted them back into 4th position. The 16th is a 457 yard brute of a par-4. It’s giving everyone a hard time of it. The way the round played out for the field, this was a good performance.

The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer’s 69 (-3) and Daniel Wetterich’s 72 (E). Josh Wick and Will Voetsch each shot a 74 (+2) and Jeg Coughlin III a 77 (+6).

In Individual play, Caleb Ramirez shot a 75 (+3).

Buckeye Scoring

Linger Longer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 281 289 0 570
Daniel Wetterich 70 72 0 142
Will Grimmer 72 69 0 141
Josh Wick 74 74 0 148
Jeg Couglin III 68 77 0 145
Will Voetsch 71 74 0 145
Caleb Ramirez (I) 74 0 0 74
-7 1 0 -6


Daniel

Daniel opened his round with  a bogey, quickly offset it with a birdie, then parred in for a 36 (E) at the turn. He matched 2 birdies/2 bogeys with 5 pars for a back nine 36 (E) and a round of 72 (E). Daniel had 3 birdies in the round.

Will G

Will opened with 2 consecutive birdies, went par-par, then birdie-birdie. Through six holes, he was -4. Wow. Three pars got Will to the turn at 32 (-4). His back nine was a very clean 8 pars, marred only by a bogey at the “widow-maker” 16th hole. Will had 4 birdies.

Josh

Josh opened with a bogey, birdied #3 then parred five of the next six holes to make the turn at 37 (+1). On his back nine, Josh parred the first two holes, bogeyed the 559 yard par-5 12th (the longest hole on the course) then strung together six pars to shoot 37 (+1) and a round of 74 (+2). Josh had only 1 birdie. But he did have 14 pars, which is pretty damn good.

Jeg

Jeg picked up where he left off in the opening round with a birdie on the first hole. However, the wheels soon fell off with Jeg bogeying six of the next seven hole to make the turn at 41 (+6). Jeg settled down a bit with 2 birdies, 2 bogeys and 5 pars for a back nine of 36 (E) and a round of 7 (+5). Jeg had 3 birdies.

Will V

Will opened with four consecutive pars, threw in a birdie , a bogey, a couple more pars and made the turn at 36 (E). Not much to it, I guess. Will speed-bumped a bit on his back nine with 2 double bogeys, but also had 2 birdies. His back nine 38 (+2) earned him a round of 74 (+2). Will had 3 birdies.

Caleb (I)

Caleb began play on the back nine with a bogey then ran together 5 pars. A bogey-pr-par finish got him to his turn at 38 (+2). After parring hole #1, Caleb had an exciting stretch of 2 birdies and a triple bogey. (Just when you think you’ve got the game figured out…). He closed with five birdies for a thrilling back nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 75 (+3). Caleb had 2 birdies.

Stats & Stuff

Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.10 strokes, +2 to par. They played the par-4’s to 4.08, +4 to par. The par-5’s were played to 5.00 even to par. Through two rounds, Ohio State ranks T-3rd in par-3 scoring, 4th in par-4 scoring and T-9th in par-5 scoring.

Ohio State totaled 58 pars. Through two rounds, their 118 pars  lead the field.  Their 14 birdies put them in T-10th. No eagles were spotted.

Through two rounds, Will G, Jeg III and Daniel have not recorded anything higher than a bogey. Through two rounds there have been a total of 139 scores of double bogey, or worse. You didn’t find any on their scorecards.

The table below, summarizes the round by round team scoring for each category; birdies, pars, etc.

Round Eagle Birdie Par Bogey 2X 3X
1 0 18 60 11 1 0
2 0 14 58 16 2 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 32 118 27 3 0

Again, a lot of pars and birdies. There were two double bogeys, but they were made by one player, so the damage was “contained”, so to speak. They did a nice job of keeping their scorecards fairly clean.


Comments

This was a pretty solid round. They had inched up the leaderboard until playing the “widow-maker” 16th hole. They ended up holding their 4th place position, and with a lot of minor (1 and 2 place) movement, this as a good accomplishment.

They are 3 strokes in front of Virginia and 4 strokes in front of UNCG. They are 3 strokes behind 3rd place PSU. It’s not likely that leaders Georgia (-18) and  Alabama (-17) can be caught. All the Buckeyes need to do is be relaxed and play their game.

This was another good round of “team” golf. Jeg drifted a bit, but Will G picked up the slack. Daniel and Will V made late birdies and Josh made tons of pars. There are a lot of ways to play good team golf. Again,  every player seemed to cover for one another.

One little side note; in each of the opening rounds, the Buckeyes played the 16th hole in +3. I’m curious if they can “bring that monster to its knees” on Tuesday.
Up Next

Round three of Linger Longer is Tuesday. The Buckeyes tee off on hole #1 beginning at 9:20. They are paired with Virginia and UNCG, their two closest pursuers. I’ll have recap either Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. Please stop back.

Go Buckeyes!