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

The Buckeyes return home to host the 47th edition of the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. This is a two day, three round event scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22. Two rounds, 36 holes are scheduled for Saturday and the final 18 holes on Sunday.

The Course

The Kampen Course was set up at 7,444 yards long and played to a par of 71. (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 16 team field, along with their Golfstat rankings, is listed below:

Ball State (134), Bowling Green (147), Colgate (270), Francis Marion (168), Illinois (13), Iowa (76), Kent State (25), Miami (OH) (74), Michigan State, (57), Northern Illinois (154), Ohio State (81), Penn State (40), Purdue (42),
Rutgers (139), Wisconsin (89), Xavier (238)

The Buckeyes

1. Daniel Wetterich
2. Will Grimmer
3. Will Voetsch
4. Josh Wick
5. Jeg Coughlin III 
6. Jack Mancinotti (I)
7. Caden Orewiler (I)
8. Caleb Ramirez (I)
9. Kevin Stone (I)
10. Justin Wick (I)

I love what the coaches have done. for a couple of reasons. After selecting the five “team” players, they have almost all the squad teeing up this weekend. First, it gives the players an opportunity to play their home course in front of families and friends.

Second, this is another nice”qualifier”, if you will, to give the coaches another glimpse at how the players play in competition. Next weekend is the B1G Championship in Baltimore, MD followed the next week by the NCAA Regionals at OSU’s Scarlet Course.

The first groups tee off at 9:00 am for the morning round. For Saturday, Ohio State is paired with Illinois and Kent State. Their grouping tees off from 9:50 – 10:30.

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Ed: I’d planned to do this recap in two posts. Due to Saturday morning frost delay, the scheduled 36 holes were not completed on Saturday and were melded into Sunday’s play. I’ll try to condense this so that it’s somewhat shorter than War and Peace, but with ten Buckeyes in three rounds, you may ant to grab an appropriate beverage and settle in.

Recap:

The Buckeyes played consistently good golf with rounds of 289-289-291-869 (+17) to finish in 4th place. They were 1 stroke behind 3rd place Penn State. So close…

In Saturday’s morning round, Will Voetsch led the Buckeyes team scoring with a 71 (E).  In the extended “afternoon” round, Will V and Will Grimmer led with 71’s (E). In the final round, Jeg Coughlin III led with a 69 (-2). The 69 was the third lowest score of the final round.

The Buckeyes (team scoring) were led by Will Grimmer and Jeg Coughlin III with 216 (+3). Daniel Wetterich followed with a 218 (+5), Will Voetsch 219 (+6),  then Josh Wick 231 (+18).

Will G and Jeg finished in T-11th place. Daniel T-17th, Will V T-21st and Josh T-71st.

In individual play, Justin Wick shot a 220 (+7), Jack Mancinotti 221 (+8), Caden Orewiler 225 (+12), Caleb Ramirez 229 (+16) and Kevin Stone 232 (+19).

Justin finished T-23rd, Jack T-28th, Caden T-45th, Caleb T-63rd and Kevin T-74th.

Buckeye Scores

Robert Kepler Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 2 Total To Par
Team 289 289 291 869 301
Daniel Wetterich 72 73 73 218 5
Will Grimmer 73 71 72 216 3
Will Voetsch 71 71 77 219 6
Josh Wick 77 77 77 231 18
Jeg Coughlin III 73 74 69 216 3
Jack Mancinotti (I) 76 74 71 221 8
Caden Orewiler (I) 72 78 75 225 12
Caleb Ramirez (I) 75 77 77 229 16
Kevin Stone (I) 75 75 82 232 19
Justin Wick (I) 75 74 71 220 7
To Par 5 5 7 17
Ohio State 73.90 74.40 74.40
Field 74.83 74.41 75.52

 

Daniel
Daniel opened his morning round with a bogey, birdied the long (for me) 575 yard par-5 4th hole and made the turn at 37 (+1). A good solid start to his day. His back nine consisted of 2 birdies, 2 bogeys and 5 pars. His inward nine of 35 (E) gave him a morning round of 72 (+1). Daniel had 3 birdies in his morning round.

In the afternoon round, Daniel double bogeyed #3, then birdied 3 of his next 4 holes to make the turn at 35 (-1). On his back nine, he was +3 through the 15th hole, then parred in for a nine of 38 (+3) and a round of 73 (+2).  Daniel had 4 birdies in his round.

In the final round, Daniel was even par through four holes without making a par. He made the turn at 37 (+1). His back nine started bogey-birdie, then he cruised in with a nine of 36 (+1) and a round of 73 (+2).Daniel had 3 birdies in his round.

Will G
Will opened his morning round with a birdie on #2, speed-bumped with a double bogey on #5, then reeled off four pars to make the turn at 37 (+1). Eight well played holes for young Mr. Grimmer. On his back nine, Will was +2 through six holes, then played his closing three holes in -1 for a nine of 36 (+1) and a round of 73 (+2). Will had 2 birdies on his morning round.

In the afternoon round, Will started with five consecutive pars and closed with a birdie to turn at 35 (-1). He began his back nine with four consecutive pars, then closed with a bogey for a nine of 36 (+1) and a round of 71 (E). Will had 3 birdies in this round.

In the final round, Will opened with a birdie and closed his front nine with a bogey for a 37 (+1). He settled into is back nine with nine consecutive pars, a score of (you guessed it) 35 (E) and a round of 72 (+1). Will had 1 birdie in his round.

Will V
Will slow rolled his morning round, sitting at +2 through 4 holes. Birdies on #5 – #6 got him to the turn at 37 (+1). (Apparently, a +1 front nine was the thing to do) . Through seven hoes on the back nine, Will was -2 before ending the nine at 34 (-1) and a round of 71 (E). Will had a team leading 4 birdies on his morning round.

Will began his afternoon round with seven consecutive pars, and made the turn at 38 (+2). He flipped the card by opening his back nine with two consecutive birdies, then parred out for a back nine of 33 (-2) and a round of 71 (E). Will had 2 birdies in his round.

Will began his final round riding the ‘bogey train’ on his front nine, a 41 9+5). He flipped the script on his back nine with 8 pars and only one bogey for a nine of 36 (+1) and a round of 77 (+6). Will had no birdies in his round.

Josh
Josh opened his morning round by stepping on a land mine; a quadruple bogey 8 on the 35 yard par-4 1st hole. Yikes! He did a dead stick landing to make the turn at 42 (+6). Josh opened and closed his back nine with bogeys, but carded three birdies (#12, #15, #17) for a nine of 35 (E) and a round of 77 (+6). Josh also had a team leading 4 birdies in his morning round.

In the afternoon round, Josh had seven pars, but still made the turn at 39 (+3). He opened his back nine with a birdie, then a string of bogies gave him a nine of 38 (+3) and a round of 77 (+6). Josh had 1 birdie this round.

Josh opened final round play with a double bogey and made the turn at 40 (+4). He opened his back nine with three consecutive pars and got to the clubhouse with a nine of 37 (+2) and a round of 77 (+6). Josh had 1 birdie in his round.


Jeg

Jeg opened his morning with a par, went bogey-birdie, the three consecutive pars. A bogey on #9 got Jeg to the turn at a very solid 36 (E). Jeg opened his back nine with five consecutive pars, then parred his closing two holes for a nine of 37 (+2) and a round of 73 (+2). Jeg had 2 birdies in his morning round.

In his afternoon round, Jeg had a mid-nine stretch of -1, but a closing bogey got him to the turn at 38 (+2). He began his back nine with another four hole stretch of -1. He finished his nine with three consecutive pars for a back nine of 36 (+1) and a round of 74 (+3).

In his final round, Jeg cruised to the turn at 36 (E) on nine pars. (That’s good). On his back nine, he scrambled 2 bogeys with 4 birdies for a nine of 33 (-2) (that’s better) and a round of 69 (-2). Jeg had 4 birdies in his round..

Jack
Jack began play on the back nine and was +2 through five holes. A string of bogeys had Jack at 40 (+5) at the turn. Jack’s back nine was a nicely played 36 (E) that had 2 birdies, 2 bogeys and 5 pars. He turned in a round of 76 (+5). Jack had 2 birdies in his morning round.

In the afternoon round, Jack doubled #3 and speed bumped to the turn at 41 (+5). He birdied 3 of the first 6 holes on the back nine to have a nine 33 (-2) and a round of 74 (+3). Jack had 3 birdies this round.

Jack began final round play on the back nine and was -2 through seven holes. Late round toe-stubbing got him to the turn at 36 (+1). He reeled off four consecutive pars before a bogey on his back nine. He put things right with an eagle 3 on the loooong 618 yard par-5 6th hole. He had a nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 71 (E). Jack had 2 birdies and the only Buckeye eagle in the round..

Caden
Caden also opened play on the back nine and did it in style; five consecutive pars! A birdie on his ninth hole of play got Caden to the turn at 37 (+2). Caden began and ended his back nine with birdies (!) enroute to a nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 72 (+1). Caden had 3 birdies on his morning round.

In the afternoon round, rode the “bogey train” on the front nine to a 40 (+4). His back nine had everything from birdies (2) to a double bogey and a score of 38 (+3) and a round of 78 (+7). Caden had 2 birdies this round.

Caden began is final round on #10 and carded seven pars in his opening nine. He made the turn at 38 (+3). In his second nine, Caden opened with a birdie on #1 and had a 37 (+1) to give him a round of 75 (+4). Caden had 1 birdie in his round.

Caleb
Caleb opened morning play with 3 birdies in his first seven holes and was-1 through eight holes. A double bogey on #9 got Caleb to the turn at 37 (+1). Caleb’s back nine was littered with bogeys (4) until a closing birdie on #18 gave him a nine of 38 (+3) and a round of 75 (+4). Caleb had 3 birdies in his morning round.

In the afternoon round, Caleb’s front nine resembled Caden’s back nine – a bit of everything. Despite 3 birdies, he made the turn at 37 (+1). He couldn’t get untracked in his back nine and shot a 40 (+5) for a round of 77 (+6). Caleb had 3 birdies in his round.

In the final round, Caleb played his final three holes on his front nine in -1 to make the turn at 37 (+1). After a birdie on #12 got him to even par on his back nine, his card was littered with bogeys for a back nine of 40 (+5) and a round of 77 (+6). Caleb had 2 birdies in his round.

Kevin
Kevin opened play completely under control six consecutive pars before a string of bogeys got him to the turn at 39 (+3).  His back nine had another strong start with three pars and a birdie to be -1 through #13. Two bogeyeswith 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). Kevin had 1 birdie in his morning round.

In the afternoon round, Kevin birdied the par-5 4th hole and was -1 through eight holes. A double bogey on #9 got him to the turn at 37 (+1). He started his back nine with a birdie on #10, but a scattering of bogeys gave him a back nine of 38 (+3) and a round of 75 (+4). Kevin had 2 birdies in his round.

Kevin’s final round front nine didn’t go all that well. He did have one par, but made the turn at 44 (+8). He settled in a bit with a back nine of 38 (+3) and a round of 82 (+11). Kevin had 1 birdie in his round.

Justin
Justin opened play on the back nine with a birdie and was -1 through five holes. A bit of speed-bumping over the next four holes got him to the turn at 38 (+3). Justin opened his back nine with five consecutive pars, then played the closing four holes in +1 for a nine of 37 9+1) and a round of 75 (+4). Justin had 3 birdies in is morning round.

In the afternoon round, Justin was on fire and birdied 3 of his first 7 holes. He made the turn at 34 (-2). A string of bogeys on his back nine gave him a nine of 40 (+5) and a round of 74 (+3). Justin had 3 birdies in his round.

Justin opened his final round on hole #10 with a bogey and carded two more to make the turn at 38 (+3). He completely turned it around with  3 birdies for a second nine score of 33 (-3) and a round of 71 (E). Justin had 3 birdies in his round.

Stats & Stuff

Ohio State finished play with 171 pars, ranking them T-3rd. They had 36 birdies, ranking them 3rd. They had no eagles.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.15, +9 to par, ranking them 2nd. They played the par-4s to 4.19, +32 to par, ranking them T-7th. They played the par-5s to 4.87, -6 to par, ranking them 4th.

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 15 53 20 1 1
2 0 12 58 17 3 0
3 0 9 60 20 1 0
Total 0 36 171 57 5 1

The Buckeyes did, what I thought, was a great job of managing their games. They were pretty solid in every aspect of their games. This is something good to build on entering post-season play.

Comments

The Buckeyes put together two solid rounds in rounds one and two. The final round was a bit “blurry” on the front nine, but clutch play by Jeg (-2) and Will G (E) as well as Daniel (+1) and Will V (+1) helped things considerably.

There was also some solid play from “Individuals” Jack Mancinotti and Justin Wick. Hopefully, this gives the team something to build on for the upcoming Big Ten Championships.

Speaking of Justin Wick; in the “War of the Wicks”, Justin took down brother Josh 220 – 231.

Up Next

The Buckeyes head to Baltimore this coming weekend for the Big Ten Championships. The tournament is scheduled from April 27 – 29.

Go Buckeyes!