(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes sent a 3 player contingent to play as Individuals in the Gordin Collegiate Classic. hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. The venue is the Columbus Country Club in Columbus, OH. The players were Colin Bowles, Grant Engle and Justin Wick.
The Columbus Country Club was set up to a length of 7,098 yards and play to par 72. From these tees, the course is rated at 73.8 with a slope of 133. For comparison, the course I normally play is 6,412 yards long with a rating/slope of 70.2/119. It’s a load to play CCC.
The following players represented the Buckeyes in Individual play.
1. Grant Engle
2. Justin Wick
3. Colin Bowles
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
This was an interesting, yet necessary tournament for the Buckeyes. Necessary in that ‘players gotta play’. They need to be in competition, whether in team play or Individual play. Grant Engle led the Buckeye contingent with rounds of 78-68-71-217 to finish in T-16th place in the 70 player field. Colin Bowles shot 73-76-73-222 to finish in T-28th place. Justin Wick shot 84-78-78-240 to place T-66th.
We Have Scores
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We Have Stats
Colin played the par-3s to an average of 3.42, the par-4s to 4.17 and the par-5s to 4.67. In addition to his 11 birdies, Colin had 30 pars and only one triple bogey.
Grant played the par-3s to an average of 3.42, the par-4s to 4.00 and the par-5s to 4.67. Grant had 7 birdies and 39 pars.
Justin played the par-3s to an average of 3.17, the par-4s to 4.73 and the par-5s to 5.00. Justin had 4 birdies, 33 pars, four double bogeys and three holes of triple bogey or worse.
So, on to the players…
Grant opened play with some choppy play, shooting a 78 (+6). He had 7 bogeys and a birdie; nothing horrific, just couldn’t quite get traction. His 2nd round was absolutely flawless; 4 birdies and 14 pars for a 68 (-4). He finished with a well played final round of 71 (-1).
Grant’s second round was encouraging; it gave a glimpse of the young man’s scoring potential. I was glad to see Grant follow up one sub-par round with another; his final round was a nice way to finish.
Colin had a bit of an erratic opening round; his 3 birdies were nicely played, his triple bogey wasn’t. Still, to open with a 73 (+1) is a nice start. His 2nd round was a little choppier with 3 birdies and 7 bogeys. He rebounded with a final round of 4 birdies and a score of 73 (+1).
Colin has the “go low” thing figured out. In two events (six rounds) of individual play, he is averaging +3 birdies per round. That’s pretty good. As soon as he figures out how to turn “5-into-4” at this level, he will be a force for the Buckeyes.
Justin had a pretty bad outing. In three rounds, his four birdies were overwhelmed by seven holes of double-bogey or worse.
He got rolled by 65 D-III players. Dude…
I absolutely agree with coaches Moseley/Smith in their decisions of late to spin off players to play as Individuals in tournaments when they are not participating in the team (play 5-count 4) events. For the players that didn’t “make the cut” to play in the team event, playing in actual, meaningful competition is way better than hanging around the team practice facility pretending that this up-and-down means something. Well done, coaches.