(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept, Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.com)
The Buckeyes walked off the course as leaders after the first round of the Big Ten Championships. Round two is Saturday. Here is the link to the event set up and opening round results.
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
As well as the opening round went, the 2nd round went even better. Led by Will Voetsch’s 64 (-6), the Buckeyes shot a team score of 271 (-9). However, Illinois played exceptionally well (-12 on the day) and their two round score of 549 (-11) is 1 stroke in front of Ohio State’s score of 550 (-10). With Iowa and Penn State in third place at +3, this is a two horse race between Ohio State and Illinois. Everything else is background noise.
Will Voetsch headed the round with a score 64 (-6). The 64 was tied for low round of he day. Daniel Wetterich’s 68 (-2) and Will Grimmer’s 69 (-1) were the other Buckeye sub-par rounds. Jeg Coughlin III completed team play with a 70 (E). Josh Wick completed Buckeye play with a 72 (+2).
Through two rounds, Will V (126, -4) is in 2nd place of 70 golfers. Jeg (137, -3) is T-3rd, Will G (139, -1) is 12th, Daniel (141 (+1) is T-13th and Josh (142, +2) is T-20th. So, Ohio state has two players in the top 10 (top 3, actually) and four in the top 15 (top 13, actually). Josh is placed higher than any golfer from four teams.
|Big Ten||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Jeg Coughlin III||67||70||0||137||-3|
Daniel opened with a bogey on #1, then recouped that with birdies on #3 and #5. He parred his last four holes to make the turn at 34 (-1). He opened his back nine with two birdies in his first three holes and turned in a back nine of another 34 (-1) for a round of 68 (-2). Daniel had 4 birdies in his round.
Will opened with two birdies (always a nice start) before parring his next five holes to sit at -2 through 7 holes. A birdie-par finish got Will to the turn in 32 (-3). Will opened back nine with a birdie on #10 and closed it with a birdie on #18. He also found the time to birdie #16 for a back nine of 32 (-3) and a round of 64 (-6). Will had 5 birdies in his round. Almost as importantly, he had no bogeys.
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 opened his round with seven straight pars, bogeyed #8, then parred #9 for a front nine of 36 (+1). After opening his back nine with three pars, he birdied #13 and #15 to get to -2 in the back nine. A closing bogey gave him a back nine of 34 (-1) and a round of 70 (E). Jeg had 2 birdies in his round.
Josh cruised through his front nine in a trouble-free 36 (E). He had 7 pars (16 for the round) and two bogeys for a back nine of 37 (+2) and a round of 72 (+2). Josh didn’t have any birdies in his round.
Stats & Stuff
The Buckeyes had 65 pars on the day. Through two rounds they have 128, ranking them T-1st. They had 16 birdies. Through two rounds they have 29, ranking them 2nd in the field. The other thing to note is they had no double bogeys; they weren’t frittering away strokes to the field.
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.00, -1 to par. Through two rounds they are 3.00, level par and are ranked 2nd in the field. They played the par-4s to 3.93, -4 to par . Through two rounds they are 3.99, -1 to par and ranked 2nd. They played the par-5s to 4.80, -2 to par. Through two rounds they are averaging 4.80 strokes, at -4 to par and ranked T-5th.
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…
This was the second round that Ohio State needed after their solid start. Their pairing competitor, Illinois, was unbelievably good, and Ohio State nearly matched them stroke for stroke. That’s the nice thing about being paired with your closest competitors; you’re playing alongside them and know exactly where you stand in relationship to one another.
It looks like coaches Moseley and Smith have hit upon a lineup that meshes well together. Yes, team play comes down to the performance of the individuals of the team, but I feel there can be a team “sense” once they tee up. These gentlemen are playing well and playing well together.
Round three is set for Sunday. The Buckeyes are scheduled to tee off at 8:45 am ET. They are again paired with leader Illinois (again) and third place Iowa. Please stop back Sunday evening or Monday morning for the recap.