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

The Buckeyes are in Baltimore. MD this weekend for the Big Ten Championships. The course is the BCC East Course. This is a three day, three round event scheduled for Friday through Sunday, April 27-29.

The Course

The course is set up at 7,181 yards long and played to a par of 70.

The Format

This week it’s  “play 5, count 4” format.

The Field

All fourteen Conference teams are taking the course. Here’s the field and their Golfstat rankings:

Illinois (13) , Indiana (89), Iowa (74), Maryland (92), Michigan (84), Michigan State (59), Minnesota (77), Nebraska (183), Northwestern (35), Ohio State (73), Penn State (39), Purdue (36), Rutgers (143), Wisconsin (90)

The Buckeyes

1. Daniel Wetterich | Jr.| 71.88 avg.
2. Will Grimmer | Jr.| 72.76 avg.
3. Will Voetsch | Jr.| 74.00 avg.
4. Jeg Coughlin III | So.| 74.00 avg.
5. Josh Wick | Sr.| 74.73 avg.

This is the same lineup that had a pretty good outing at the Kepler Intercollegiate last week. That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

The opening round went very well. Led by Jeg Coughlin III’s 67 (-3), the Buckeyes ended the first round in 1st place with a team score of 279 (-1). Ohio State is 2 strokes in front of Illinois and 5 strokes in front of Penn State.

Jeg Coughlin III led the first day efforts with a 67 (-3). Will Grimmer and Josh Wick shot 70’s (E) and Will Voetsch completed team scoring with a 72 (+2). Daniel Wetterich completed Buckeye play with a 73 (+3).

After the opening round, Jeg is in a three-way tie for 1st place in the 69 player field. Will G and Josh are T-12th, Will V is T-19th and Daniel is T-29th. Three players in (almost) Top 10 and four players in Top 20 is a well played round of team golf.

Buckeye Scores

Big Ten Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 279 0 0 279 -561
Daniel Wetterich 73 0 0 73 -137
Will Grimmer 70 0 0 70 -140
Will Voetsch 72 0 0 72 -138
Jeg Coughlin III 67 0 0 67 -143
Josh Wick 70 0 0 70 -140
To Par -1 0 0 -1


Daniel
Daniel just couldn’t get much going in his opening round. He birdied the par-4, 5th hole, but bracketed it with bogeys to make the turn at 36 (+1). His back nine consisted of seven pars and two bogeys for a nine of 37 9+2) and a round of 73 (+3). Daniel had 1 birdie in his round.

Will G
Will staggered a bit coming out o the gate with a double bogey on the long (504 yard) par-4 3rd hole. A birdie-bogey finish got him to the turn at 37 (+2). Will helped his, and Ohio State’s fortunes with seven pars and 2 birdies on his back nine for a nine of 33 (-2) and a round of 70 (E). Will had 3 birdies in his round.

Will V
Will opened his front nine with nine consecutive par to hit the turn at 35 (E). On his back nine, he mixed in a birdie with three bogeys for a nine of 37 (+2) and a round of 72 (+2). Will had 1 birdie in his round.

Jeg III
Jeg was in a ‘zone’ his front nine. He opened with three pars, then birdied 3 of his next 6 holes to make the turn at 32 (-3). He opened his back nine with four consecutive pars, went birdie-bogey, then closed with three pars for a nine of 35 (E) and a round of 67 (-3). Jeg had 4 birdies in his round.

Josh 
Josh’s loss to his brother last week in the ‘War of the Wicks’ must have fired him up this week. He made it to the turn in 35 (E) and obliterated his first three holes on his back nine going birdie-birdie-birdie. He closed with a mixture of three pars and three bogeys for a back nine of 35 (E) and a round of 70 (E). Josh had 4 birdies in his round.

 

Stats & Stuff

The Buckeyes had 63 pars, ranking them 2nd in the field. They had 13 birdies, ranking them 3rd in the field. The other thing to note is they had only one double bogey, so they weren’t giving too many strokes back to the course.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.05, +1 to par, ranking them T-1st. They played the par-4s to 4.05, +3 to par (T-2nd). They played the par-5s to 4.80, -2 to par (T-5th).

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 13 63 13 1 0
2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 13 63 13 1 0

This was a well managed round. The high level of performance indicates to me that they were fairly precise with their iron games, got up & down when they had to and putted fairly well..

Comments

This was a good start for the Buckeyes. You can’t necessarily win a tournament on the first day, but you can sure as hell shoot yourself out of it. Ohio State played well enough to gain a bit of separation from Illinois and a bit more from Penn State and Northwestern. It’s always good to be in the lead after a round.

Up Next

Round two is set for Saturday. The Buckeyes are scheduled to tee off at 9:45 am ET. They are again paired with Illinois and Penn State. Please stop back Saturday evening or Sunday morning for recap of R2.

Go Buckeyes!