(Photo courtesy nicklaus.com, tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes hosted an 8-team event last week at “the house that Jack built” – Muirfield Country Club in Dublin, OH.
This is a two-day, match play event. Each team will field six players. Scoring is: 1 point per win, 1/2 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. Below is the bracket draw.
Ohio State tees it up vs Clemson. The winner plays winner of Georgia vs Florida State in the Championship Bracket. The losers in the Ohio State vs Clemson and Georgia vs Florida State matches play in the Consolation bracket.
The Muirfield Village Golf Club was set up to a length of 7,352 yards and play to par 72. From these tees, the course is rated at 76.9 with a slope of 153. For comparison, the course I normally play is 6,412 yards long with a rating/slope of 70.2/119. MVGC is simply a beast.
Muirfield Village Golf Club also serves as host venue for Jack’s Memorial Tournament every May.
The teams are:
Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford
1. Will Grimmer
2. Daniel Wetterich
3. Will Voetsch
4. Kevin Stone
5. Caleb Ramirez
6. Grant Engle
The specific order of play for daily matches determined by Coaches.
OSU vs Clemson
Will Grimmer defeated B. Nimmer 1-up. The match was all square (A/S) after three holes, but Will held a 1-up lead at the turn. So far, so good. Nimmer brought the match to A/S at hole #11. Will regained the lead on #14. It was A/S after the 16th hole, then Will went 1-up on the 17th. Both players halved the final hole to give Will and Ohio State a 1-up win. Will went around the course in even par 72.
Caleb Ramirez and T. Pettit finished All Square. This was an ebb and flow match. The match was A/S after two holes, before Caleb went on a run to take a 3-up lead at the turn. Caleb held a 2-up lead with two holes to play, but finished bogey-bogey to lose the last two holes and end the match A/S. Despite not being able to close out the match, Caleb had a good round going.
Daniel Wetterich defeated W. Nottingham 2-up. With both players making pars, the match was tight through eight holes, sitting at A/S. Daniel birdied the 9th hole to take the a 1-up lead at the turn. Daniel was 1-up through 17 holes, then he parred the 18th to win his match 2-up.
Will Voetsch and K. Cottam finishes A/S. Will did a nice job of climbing out of a hole to get a half point for the Buckeyes. He was down all match except for tieing the match on the 4th hole and winning two of the last four holes to end the match A/S. Will was actually 3-down through 12 holes, but kept chip-chipping away on the back nine t salvage a half point.
Kevin Stone lost to Z. Gordon 1-up. Kevin was down all match and just couldn’t get any traction against his opponent. The match was A/S through 12 holes before Gordon won the 13th hole with a par 4, putting Kevin 1-down. The two players match scores over the next five holes to end the match in Gordon’s favor.
Grant Engle lost to C. Self 4&3. The match was A/S through five holes before Self took a 1-up lead with a par 4 on the 6th hole. The match remained 1-up in Self’s advantage at the turn. Grant played the next three holes in +1, but Self played them in -2 to take a 4-up lead with six holes to play. Self parred the 14th hole to go dormie 4-up. Matching pars on the 15th hole ended the match.
This was a tough, well played contest. All but one of the games made it to the 18th hole. Due to the nature of the format, regardless if the match was tied, a “winner” had to be determined to advance to the winner of the Georgia-Florida State match. For tie-breaker purposes, Clemson was determined the winner since their margins of victory in the matches (5) were greater then Ohio State’s (3). So it goes…
In the second, and as it turned out, the final match of the tournament, Ohio State faced Florida State, who lost to Georgia 4-2.
OSU vs Florida State
These matches began on the 10th hole.
Will Grimmer defeated J. Pak 1-up. Will was 3-up at the turn and was cruising; he was -1 through nine holes. Pak went on a run to win four of the next six holes to take a 1-up lead with two to play. (uh-oh). Will birdied the next hole to go A/S then parred the final hole to win 1-up.
Caleb Ramirez and A. Martinez finished All Square. In the ‘Z-War, Caleb was 2-up through 6 holes before Martinez birdied two of the next three holes to square the match at the turn. Caleb birdied the 15th hole of the match to go 1-up. However, Martinez birdied the next hole to get the match to A/S and both players parred the final hole to end the match A/S.
Daniel Wetterich lost to C. Carlson 2&1. Daniel never lead in this match. He made the turn 1-down. Unfortunately, he bogeyed two of the next three holes to go 3-down with six to go. Daniel did get the match to 1-down with three to play, but a bogey on the next hole put him 2-down with two to go and matching pars on the 17th hole of play ended the match.
Will Voetsch defeated J. Carter 4&3. The match was A/S through four holes and Will was 1-up at the turn. He played the next four holes in -1 to take a 4-up lead with five to go. (That’s a good position to be in) Both players matched pars for the next two holes allowing Will to close out the match in a pretty convincing win.
Kevin Stone lost to J. Li 1-up. This match went back and forth on the front nine. Kevin won the 10th hole of the match with a par to bring it to A/S. Li birdied the 13th hole of the match to go 2-up. Kevin birdied the 16th hole to pull with 1-down, but both players matched pars on the final two holes to close out the match.
Grant Engle lost to C. Sierota 6&5. The match was A/S through two holes before Sierota began to take control of the match. Grant, to put it mildly, didn’t bring his ‘A Game” to this match. He shot a 42 over the first nine holes and was 5-down at the turn. Not good. Grant stabilized the patient with consecutive pars on the 10th and 11th holes of the match. However, his next to holes were bogeys to go to 6-down. Since, at that point, there were only five holes to play, that was that.
This was a tough, closely fought contest. Four of the six games went 18 holes. The other two were convincing wins; one for Ohio State and one for Florida State.
A Few Takeaways
This was a pretty decent outing for the Buckeyes. The team was a good mix of experience and youth and nothing sharpens the game like a couple rounds of match play.
Will Grimmer won both of his matches and finished the event with a record of 2-0-0.
Caleb Ramirez tied both matches and had a record of 0-0-2.
Daniel Wetterich split his matches and finished 1-1-0.
Will Voetsch had a tie and a win and finished 1-0-1.
Kevin Stone narrowly lost both his matches and finished 0-2-0.
Grant Engle non-narrowly lost his matches and finished 0-2-0.
Ohio State won 5.5 of a possible 12 points. Will G won 2 points. Will V 1.5 points, Caleb and Daniel 1 point each and Kevin and Grant were shut out.