(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes sent a 5-player team to the Nike Collegiate Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth, TX.
This is a three round (54 hole) stroke play event scheduled Sunday through Tuesday. This is a fifteen team field.
The Colonial Country Club was set up to a length of 7,204 yards and play to par 70. From these tees, the course is rated at 74.7 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. Colonial’s 7200 yards is a lot of course for a par of 70.
Colonial was the home course of who I think was the beast ball striker of all time – Ben Hogan. As Tommy Bolt was to have remarked; “Jack would watch Ben hit balls, Ben never watched Jack hit balls.”
The teams are:
Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Southern Cal, Sanford, TCU, Texas, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington
1. Will Grimmer
2. Daniel Wetterich
3. Kevin Stone
4. Will Voetsch
5. Caleb Ramirez
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
The Buckeyes acquitted themselves well in the Final round and somewhere amongst the pecan trees, Ben Hogan nods his approval Ohio State shot a team score of 293-288-282-863 (+23) to finish in 10th place tie with Georgia.
The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer 208 (-2). Daniel Wetterich had a 214 (+4). Will Voetsch had a 221 (+11), Kevin Stone a 224 (+14) and Caleb Ramirez 225 (+15).
For his efforts, Will G finished T-5th in the 75 player field. Daniel T-23rd, Will V T-45th, Kevin T-59th and Caleb T-65th.
We Have Stats
Ohio State played the par-3s in 3.15, +9 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.21, +38 to par and the par-5s to 4.83, -5 to par.
The Buckeyes had 34 birdies, ranking them 9th. They had 167 pars, ranking them 8th. They had 62 bogeys and 7 double bogeys..
|Nike Collegiate||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
So, on to the players…
Will opened with a 4-birdie, 6 bogey round of 72 (+2). Not a bad start, but things were about to get better. He began his second round on the back nine and had a mid-round birdie burst. He birdied holes #17, #18, #1 and #2. That’s a helluva stretch. Will consolidated his play by closing with seven consecutive pars. He began his final round again on the back nine and again had a mid-round birdie-burst. In the five hole stretch, #13 – #17, Will birdied 4 holes. to make the turn at 32 (-3). He played his back nine in 37 (+2) for a round of 69 (-1). So, two of Will’s three rounds were played under par. That’s quite impressive.
Daniel’s scores gradually improved during the tournament. He opened with a 74 (+4), then shot 72 (+2) then a 68 (-2). All three of Daniel’s rounds counted towards the team score. Daniel’s final round was artistic; an opening nine of 3-birdies, 2-bogeys gave him a nine of 34 (-1) and his back nine was 1 birdie and 8 pars for another 34 (-1).
Kevin plugged along with three rounds in the mid-70s. His rounds of 74-75-75 were fairly consistent in they all had a single birdie and and average of five bogeys. His only hiccup in 54 holes of play was a double bogey in his final round. That’s good, steady play by the young man. He didn’t make many birdies, three, but he kept the ball in front of him and kept the stroke give-backs to a minimum. Well done.
Will had rounds of 73-75-73. Will was very steady in his opening round 73 (2 birdies, 5 bogeys) and his second round (2 birdies, 7 bogeys). He was really cruising in his final round; -1 through 13 holes. He hit a couple speed-bumps and doubled two of his final holes for a 73. He had played 49 clean holes, nothing over bogey until the stretch run. Yeah, he’ll be ready to make amends next time out.
Caleb got off to a rough start in his opening round when a string of three double bogeys pushed his score to 79. Young Mr. Ramirez bounced back with rounds of 74 (1 birdie) and 72 (3) to post “count” rounds. His final two rounds counted towards the team score. He had a nice stretch of play midway through his final round. He played his middle nine holes in -3 to par.
A Few Takeaways
This was a good outing for the Buckeyes. Grimmer and Wetterich had a good weekend while Voetsch, Stone and Ramirez all were competitive with the field and were all within a couple strokes of one another.
I found this a bit odd, but it is golf we’re talking about. Ohio State scored better than Southern Cal in terms of more holes played in par or less and fewer holes of double bogey or greater, yet USC’s team score was 2 strokes better than OSU’s. It seems that USC benefited from the randomness of the team game by a large number of their “bad” holes clustered into one individual per round while Ohio State’s were more evenly distributed, thus having a greater chance of raising the “count four players” scores leading to a higher team score.
Having your players play better certainly helps, but sometimes the team scores just take a random walk into the rough…
The OSUMG team returns to Columbus for the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, held at Muirfield Village in Columbus, OH. The event is scheduled for October 8-9.