(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept, Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.com)

The Buckeyes head west to West Lafayette, IN for the Boilermaker Invitational this weekend. This is a two day, three round event scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15. Two rounds, 36 holes are scheduled for Saturday and the final 18 holes on Sunday.

The Course

The Kampen Course was set up at 7,465 yards long and played to a par of 72. (That’s about 1,000 yards longer than I usually play, so…)

The Format

This is the usual  “play 5, count 4” format. Teams can also enter a player to play as an Individual.

The Field

The 17 team field, along with their Golfstat rankings, is listed below:

Cincinnati (98), Indiana (104), Kent State (31), Miami, Ohio (69), Michigan (93), Northern Illinois (155), Northwestern (37), Ohio State (67), Purdue (39), Southern Illinois (121), Toledo (119), UCF (56), UT Arlington (120), Western Kentucky (130), Wichita State (190), Wisconsin (85), Xavier (237)

The Buckeyes

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

The tournament will feature a shotgun start with everyone teeing off at 9:00 am ET.

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

Note: Due to unplayable course conditions, the final round was cancelled and the tournament called after 36 holes of play.

These two round days can be brutal – from a physical as well as an emotional/psychological perspective. Especially when the weather stars out rainy, then turns cold and windy. But, every player, every team goes through it.

Ohio State finished the Saturday marathon with a team score of 598, which placed them in 14th place. Their morning round of 303 (+15) placed them in 15th place. They rode Will Voestsch’s team low 70 (-2) in the afternoon for a solid 295.

Will Voetsch 76-70-146 and Jeg Coughlin III* 74-73-147 led the Buckeyes in opening day play.  Josh Wick 75-75-150 and Daniel Wetterich 78-76-154 closed out team scoring and Will Grimmer 81-74-155 wrapped up Buckeyes team play. Note, there was an inadvertent snafu with Jeg’s card and he was DQ’d in the afternoon round. It happens…

Will V finished in T-20th place. Jeg* finished in T-30th, Josh 51st, Daniel T-72nd and Will G was T-75th. With the snafu*, Jeg was removed from 30th position.

In individual play, Caleb Ramirez shot 72-76-148 to finish T-4oth.

Buckeye Scores

Boilermaker Invit Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 303 295 0 598 22
Daniel Wetterich 78 76 0 154 10
Will Grimmer 81 74 0 155 11
Jeg Coughlin III 74 0 0 74
Josh Wick 75 75 0 150 6
Will Voetsch 76 70 0 146 2
Caleb Ramirez (I) 72 76 0 148 4
15 7 0 22 22

Daniel
Daniel opened play with an interesting front nine: he managed to finish with two consecutive pars, but made the turn in 40 (+4). His back nine featured seven pars and a score of 38 9+2) for a round of 78 (+6).

In the afternoon round, Daniel began play on hole #4 with a par and ran together four more pars. He parred four of the next seven holes to sit at +3 through 12 holes. Daniel parred the next five holes before a closing bogey gave him a round of 76 (+4).

Will G
Will opened about the same as Daniel; four consecutive pars got him to the turn at 40 (+4). He struggled on his back nine, being 6 through 6 holes (I’m familiar with stretches like that) then played his final three holes in -1 for a back nine of 41 (+5) and a round of 81 (+9). Ouch.

In the afternoon round, Will cleaned up his scorecard quite a bit. Beginning his round on hole #4 with a bogey, he played the next seven holes in -1 to par to get back to Even for the round.  Three bogeys and a birdie over the final ten holes got Will into the clubhouse with a round of 74 (+2).


Jeg

Jeg had a round that I would kill for (just kidding). His opening round had a front nine of all pars for a 36 (E). He strung together six consecutive pars on his back nine (15 consecutive if you’re keeping score at home)  before carding a 38 (+2) and a round of 74 9+2). For a birdie-free round, Jeg put together some damn impressive golf.

In his afternoon round, Jeg began on hole #5 with a par, then parred the next five holes. He speed-bumped over the next three holes (+3) then straightened things out with a birdie on the par-4 14th. Two more birdies over the closing eight holes gave Jeg a round of 73 (+1). We think…

Josh
Josh opened play mimicking Daniel and Will with a front nine of 40 (+4). He got his groove back with 3 birdies on the back nine for a 35 (-1) and a round of 75 (+3).

In the afternoon round, Josh began play on hole #6 with a bogey, then quickly gt it back with a birdie on #8. He played the next 11 holes in +1 (quite a stretch, actually) then closed with 2 pars for a round of 75 (+3).

Will V
Will opened with two bogeys, then made the turn a a solid 38 (+2). Will had a well controlled back nine of seven pars/2 bogeys for another round of 38 (+2) and a round of 76 (+4).

Will began his afternoon round on the 598 yard par-5 6th hole. #6 with a birdie. He birdied two of his next four holes to quickly get to -3 through five holes. Aside from a bogey on the 15th hole, his 10th hole of the round, Will played every other hole in even par. Considering weather conditions and the course (two par-4s were >480 yards), this was quite a feat.

Caleb (I)
Caleb began his tournament with a bogey (hole #18) then birdied #1. (Nice bounce back, Caleb). He played front nine in 37 (+1).  Caleb played his final eight holes in -2 for a back nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 72 (E).

Caleb began his afternoon round on the 484 yard par-4 18th hole (that’s a lot of hole to start off a round) with a par. A double bogey on hole #3  was quickly (sort of) offset by a birdie on the the hole. Through the 13th hole, Caleb’s 14th hole of play, he was at +4 for he round. Four closing pars gave him a round of 76 (+4).

Stats & Stuff

Ohio State finished play with 120 pars, ranking them 2nd. They had 16 birdies, ranking them 17th. They had no eagles. The entire field recorded only 3 eagles, so they were a rara avis, indeed.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.35, +14 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.22, +22 to par. They played the par-5s to 4.90, -4 to par.

Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…

Round Eagle Birdie Par Bogey 2X 3X
1 0 7 55 25 3 0
2 0 9 65 15 1 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 16 120 40 4 0

The afternoon round (team score of 295) was a well played round of golf, particularly in the weather. The Buckeyes did, what I thought, was a great job of managing their games in trying playing conditions; wet windy, cool.


Comments

This wasn’t a bad trip to West Lafayette at all. Playing conditions Saturday were testing for everyone. Early in the day it was wet, then it got windy and cold in the afternoon, just what you don’t need after getting wet. The average score for the field, for both rounds was 75. It was a tough day for the +90 golfers.

Granted, the morning round was a little ratty around the edges, but I was encouraged to see that every Buckeye improved his score in the afternoon round as conditions deteriorated. That is some pretty serious focus. I wish the final round would have been played, because Ohio State has, of late, played very well in the final round at the Kampen course.

Up Next

The Buckeyes tee it up this coming weekend at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. The 54-hole event is scheduled for Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd. If you’re in the neighborhood that weekend and want to see some good golf, you ought to swing by.

Go Buckeyes!