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

Ohio State headed to the Sugar Grove, IL for The Northern Collegiate Invitational this weekend. This is a 13 team field with 54 holes played over two days.

The Course

The Rich Harvest Farms Course was be set up to a length of 7,281 yards and play to par 72. From these tees, the course is rated at 74.9 with a slope of 142. For comparison, the course I normally play is 6,412 yards long with a rating/slope of 70.2/119.  Rich Harvest Farms is a good bit tougher. A lot tougher…

Team Format

The team format is a “play 5, count 4”.

The Field

The field is:

Augusta, Aurora, Coastal Carolina, Grand Canyon, Marquette, Miami (OH), Michigan, Missouri, Northern Illinois (host school), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Toledo, Missouri – Kansas City, UCLA individuals

 

The Buckeyes

The Buckeyes teed it up with:

1. Daniel Wetterich
2. Will Grimmer
3. Will Voetsch
4. Kevin Stone
5. Caleb Ramirez
Ind. Grant Engle
Ind. Colin Bowles

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap

Ohio State put together three good rounds to tie for 4th place in this 54 hole event. Their team scores of 299-292-290-881 placed the 2 strokes out of 3rd place and only 7 strokes behind Marquette’s winning score of 874.

The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer’s 54 hole score of 216 (E) and Daniel Wetterich’s score of 217 (+1). Kevin Stone shot a 225 (+9), Will Voetsch 226 (+10) and Caleb Ramirez 231 (+15).  In Individual play, Grant Engle shot a 229 (+13) and Colin Bowles a 238 (+22).

Will G finished T-4th place in the 90 player field. Daniel finished 10th, Kevin finished T-38th, Will V finished T-41st, Grant finished T-50th, Caleb finished T-61st and Colin finished 81st.

We Have Stats

Note: These are the “team” stats as compiled by golfstat.com. Individual player stats are not included.

Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.18 strokes, +11 to par, ranking them 2nd in this statistic. They played the par-4’s to 4.27, +41 to par, ranking them 8th. The par 5’s were played to an average of 4.72, -17 to par, ranking them 2nd.

I consider the par-3s and par-5s the “scoring” holes. Ohio State did a very good job of scoring on these holes.

Ohio State had 161 pars, ranking them 2nd in this category. They had 44 birdies, ranking them T-4th.

So, on to the players…

Will G

Will was +2 through three holes before running off five consecutive pars to stabilize things. Which quickly destabilized; he played his final ten holes in 5 birdies, 3 bogeys 1 double bogey and 1 par for a round of 74 (+2). That’s a lot of non-par holes for a net par score in that stretch. In his second round, Will again had 5 birdies and a double bogey enroute to a 71 (-1). In his final round, Will again had 5 birdies and a double bogey (see a pattern developing here?) for his second consecutive round of 71 (-1). Will had his Birdie Machine hitting on all cylinders. His 15 birdies accounted for a third of the team total over the weekend.

Daniel

Daniel opened play with 5 birdies and 3 bogeys for an opening round of 70 (-2). Sub-par starts are always nice. His second round had a couple rough spots, although 3 birdies enabled Daniel to shoot 75 (+3). His final round was pretty clean with 1 birdie-1 bogey giving him a 72 (E).

Kevin

Kevin needed some time to get into his rhythm in his opening round. In approximately the first three hours of play, he was +9 to par. Not a good start. He played his next five holes in -1 for a round of 80 (+8) and maybe some momentum for round two. Through 15 holes in his second round, he was +3, but 2 birdied in his closing 3 holes got Kevin off the course with a 73 (+1). A three birdie-three bogey effort in his final round gave Kevin a nice 72 (E) to finish the tournament. Kevin clearly had no issues playing the par-5s. Six of his eight birdies came on par-5s.

Will V

Will Voetsch opened with a birdie and four bogeys for a 75 (+3). He picked up a couple strokes in his second round via 2 birdies and only 3 bogeys for a 73 (+1). In his final round, Will upped his birdie count to three, but offset them with two double bogeys and 5 bogeys and a 78 (+6).

Caleb

Caleb had 2 birdies, 2 double bogeys and a handful of bogeys in his opening round of 81 (+9). In his second round, he had 2 birdies, 2 bogeys and a triple bogey for an interestingly played 75 (+3). He replicated that feat in his third round for another 75 (+3). Although he had “only” six birdies, Caleb was only 2-3 mistakes away from posting a top-30 score.

Grant

Grant had a pretty good opening round. Two birdies/four bogeys gave him a nice round of 74 (+2). His second round was more exciting with 2 birdies, 6 bogeys and a double bogey for a 78 (+6). His final round was somewhat similar with a birdie, 4 bogeys and a double bogey,

 

Colin

Colin struggled in his opening round with 2 double bogeys and a handful of bogeys enroute to an 80 (+8). His second round got pretty exciting with an eagle,  birdies, 3 double bogeys and a triple bogey for a colorful 83 (+11). The gold gods giveth and taketh, not always in equal measure. He had better control over his game in his final round with 2 birdies and 5 bogeys fr a 75 (+3).

 

Buckeye scores:

Northern Intercollegiate Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 299 292 290 881 17
Will Grimmer 74 71 71 216 0
Daniel Wetterich 70 75 72 217 1
Kevin Stone 80 73 72 225 9
Will Voetsch 75 73 78 226 10
Caleb Ramirez 81 75 75 231 15
Grant Engle (I) 74 78 77 229 13
Colin Bowles (I) 80 83 76 239 23
Round to Par 11 4 2 17 17

A Few Takeaways

This was a very good start to the season for the Buckeyes. The opening round was an okay-ish score; I believe they ended the day in 6th place. They improved their score the second round and improved upon that in the third round. It seemed like they were starting to get settled into their games as the tournament progressed.

Will G and Daniel came out of the gates fast and maintained a high level of play for three rounds. Kevin got bruised a bit in his opening round, but responded by playing the next 36 holes in (+1), the 2nd best on the team for that stretch. Will V opened with two good rounds, but stumbled a bit in the final 18 holes. Caleb didn’t have his best stuff in his opening round and played the final 36 holes, aside from a couple miscues, much better. Caleb is coming off a pretty solid summer of play, so I’m not too worried about how he’ll do.

 

Up Next

On Monday and Tuesday September 24th-25th the Buckeyes will be in two events.  . Please stop by.

A 6-player team will participate in the Bearcat Invitational at Coldstream CC in Cincinnati, OH. Ohio State will be sending players to play as Individuals to the Inverness Intercollegiate at the Inverness Club in Toledo, OH.