(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. Here is link to second round recap.
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
In more difficult playing conditions, cool, with 15 mph -18 mph winds, Ohio State persevered in Sunday’s final round to finish runner-up to champion Illinois. Their Sunday team score of 301 (+21) gave Ohio State a tournament score of 851 (+11).
The Buckeyes are trending pretty well in the B1G Championship. Last year they finished 3rd, this year, 2nd. Last year Will Grimmer finished T-2nd. This year he finished 4th.
How difficult the A.J. Tillinghast designed East Course played on Sunday? On Friday, the average score for the field on the par-70 course was 73.5. The Ohio State quintet averaged 70.4. On Saturday, the field average was 71.5, Ohio State averaged 68.6. On Sunday, the field averaged 75.3 and Ohio State averaged. Just to give you a rough sense of scale, the average stroke difference between Saturday and Sunday would amount to approximately 16 strokes in team scoring.
Just to make my point, here’s Will Grimmer, below. When your golf attire includes a knit hat and clothing layers, you’re not playing in good scoring conditions.
Will Grimmer lead the team a score 72 (+2). The 64 was tied for low round of the day. Daniel Wetterich 74 (+4), Jeg Coughlin III 77 (+7) and Josh Wick 78 (+8) completed team play. Will Voetsch 81 (+11) completed Buckeye play for the day.
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||77||214||4|
Daniel opened with two bogeys, parred 5 of his next 6 holes and made the turn at 39 (+4). He mixed 2 birdies with 2 bogeys in his first six holes on his back nine to hold at level par through 15 holes. Three closing pars got Daniel safely in the clubhouse with a back nine of 35 (E) and a round of 74 (+4). Daniel had 2 birdies in his round.
Will opened with a birdie (a nice start) and had a colorful front nine that included a bogey, a double bogey and 3 additional birdies to make the turn at a very well played 34 (-1). Will had 6 pars in his first 7 holes on the back side to hold his round very steady. He finished with two bogeys fora back nine of 38 (+3) and a round of 72 (+2). Will had 4 birdies in his round.
Will opened his front nine with three pars before The Struggles began. He bogeyed five of six holes to make the turn at 40 (+5). Will’s back nine began promising enough; birdie-bogey followed by three pars to be level on the back nine. The last four holes went to hell with a par and three double bogeys for a back nine of 41(+6) and a round of 81 (+11). Will had 1 birdie in his round.
Jeg had contrasting beginnings and ending to his round. He birdied the long (504 yards) par-4 3rd hole and was -1 through 4 holes. Three bogeys later, he made the turn at a solid 37 (+2). After opening his back nine bogey-birdie, he was even par on the back nine. However, he finished his final five holes +5 for a back nine of 40 (+5) and a round of 77 (+5). Jeg had 2 birdies in his round.
Josh had an interesting day. He opened with three bogeys, then mixed in 2 birdies, 2 pars and 2 bogeys to make the turn at 38 (+3). With birdies on #12 and #14, Josh was -1 on the back nine before all hell broke loose. A finish of 7-5-6 (yikes!) gave him a back nine of 40 (+5) and a round of 78 (+8). Josh had 4 birdies on his round.
Stats & Stuff
The Buckeyes had 40 pars on the day. For the tournament, they had 168, ranking them 3rd. They had 13 birdies. For the tournament, they had 42, ranking them 2nd. Look, the fact that in Sunday’s round, Ohio State had over 50% fewer pars than the previous day and still finished in the top 3 is a sure indicator that low scores were hard to come by in the final round.
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.70, +14 to par. For the tournament, they finished at 3.23, +14 to par, ranking them 5th. They played the par-4s to 4.33, +20 to par . For the tournament, they played the par-4s to 4.11, +19 to par, ranking them 2nd. They played the par-5s to 4.80, -2 to par. For the tournament, they played the par 5s to 4.80, -6 to par and ranked them T-5th.
They played the par 5s to -2 to par for each of the rounds. That’s pretty consistent. On the par 4s, on Sunday’s round, they were only +6 with four holes remaining, then ran into a minefield.
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…
This was a very long day. Their birdie production was actually pretty good. Other than that, the playing conditions really ran up the scores. Fortunately, they had a lot of wiggle room in the standings.
Because Ohio State played so well in the first two rounds, particularly on Saturday, they were able to get away with the last four holes being a horror show. Ordinarily, that should be a concern, but on Sunday it really didn’t matter in terms of team finish; at about mid-round, they weren’t going to catch Illinois nor was Iowa (nor anyone) was going to overtake the Buckeyes.
So, they got off the course with no apparent injuries and no lost club head covers. They took care of business in dicey playing conditions to have a laudable finish and a year over yer improvement from last year’s Tournament finish. So, all in all, a pretty good weekend. The players and the coaches should be congratulated for their achievement.
NCAA Regional selection. Stay tuned.