(image courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, tournament information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, scoring and stats courtesy BirdieFire.com)
It was a busy, productive day for OSUMG. In the morning semi-final round, the #4 seed Buckeyes beat #1 seed Illinois. In the afternoon Championship Match, they overwhelmed #10 seed Maryland 4 1/2 – 1 1/2. This was Ohio State’s first Big Ten Match Play title.
Semifinals vs Illinois (3 1/2 – 2 1/2)
Will won his match 4&3 against Michael Feagles. The match began on hole #1. Will held a 1-up lead through eight holes. He birdied two of the next four holes to take a 4-up lead with six holes to play. The players alternated birdies-bogeys in next two holes and Will was dormie-4. Both players parred the 15th hole to end the match 4&3.
Daniel won his match 4&3 over Giovanni Tadiotto. The match began on the 1st hole. Young Mr. Wetterich got off to a dream start; eagle-birdie to take a 2-up lead. He birdied four of the next six holes to take a 5-up lead with seven holes to play. Tadiotto “pulled” to with 4-dn, but at dormie-4, matching pars ended the match. Daniel came out blazing;- through his first 10 holes he was -7 to par. Good god!
Will lost his match 1-dn to Brendan O’Reilly. The match began on the 3rd hole. Will took a 1-up lead after the first hole of play and maintained a 1-up or 2-up margin throughout most of the match. The match was 1-up in Will’s favor through 15 holes of play, but Brendan won the final three holes to win the match 1-up.
Caleb’s Friday run came to an end with a 5&4 loss to Adr Dumont de Chassa. This match began on the 4th hole and Caleb never saw the lead. Through eleven holes of play, Caleb was only 2-dn, but three consecutive bogeys pushed De Chassa’s lead to 5-up. Unfortunately, there were only four holes left to play.
Kevin won his match 4&3 over Noah Gillard. This match began on the 5th hole. Through eight holes, this match was AS. Kevin took control of the match at 4-up over the next two hours since Gillard went on a stretch of 7 consecutive bogeys. Ouch. Kevin was dormie 4 then both players parred the 2nd hole to end the match 4&3.
Laken tied his match with Bryan Baumgarten. With the match beginning on the 2nd hole, Laken began well with consecutive birdies to take a 2-up lead and held it through hole #12. Baumgarten played the next four holes in -2 to take a 2-up lead. Laken brought the match to AS with a birdie on the 18th hole, then both players parred the last hole to end the match AS.
Finals vs Maryland (4 1/2 – 1 1/2)
Here we are; Saturday afternoon at the finals of the B1G Match Play. Coaches Moseley and Smith went with the same participants as the semifinal match, but in a different order. Play starts on hole #1 for all individual matches. Here we go…
Kevin won his match 4&3 over Chris Lane. This wasn’t necessarily a well played match. At the turn, Kevin was +4 to par and his opponent was +3 to par and 1up in the match. Kevin took control of the match by playing +1 to par over the next six holes while his opponent was +6 to par. Kevin won the match with a par on the 15th hole. That’s the great thing about match play; you don’t need to play ‘great’ golf, just ‘good enough’ golf. Kevin did that and had a great tournament.
Caleb won his match 3&2 over Dillon Brown. In a closely contested match, it stood AS at the turn. Brown grabbed a 1-up lead on hole #10 and held it through #12. Caleb parred the next two holes to go 1-up through 14. Caleb birdied the next two holes to close out the match 3&2. The closing stretch by Caleb, -2 in six holes, was a clutch performance.
Will lost his match 4&2 to Evan Santa. Will was -2 to par through five holes and held a 1-up lead. However, the match was squared at the turn and Santa’s birdie on #10 gave him a 1-up lead. It was 1-up through #13 until three consecutive bogeys by Will closed out the match in Santa’s favor, 4&2.
Laken won his match 3&1 over Christian Park. This was similar to Kevin’s match. At the turn, Park was +6 to par while Laken was +5 to par and 2-up in the match. Park squared the match after 14 holes, but three consecutive bogeys gave the match to Laken 3&1. For his part, Laken settled in by parring the final four holes of the match to secure the win.
In the best golf of the day, Daniel halved his match with Peter Knade. Through nine holes, Daniel and Peter were both -4 to par and the match was AS. Through 17 holes, Daniel was 1-up, but a bogey on the last hole ended the match AS. This would have been the match worth paying money to watch; plenty of eagles (2), birdies (7), pars (22) and drama. This is match play.
Will won his match 3&2 over Tim Colanta. Will got off to an early lead and was 4-up at the turn. Good thing, too. At this point, both players struggled with their games; Will bogeyed the next four holes and Tim bogeyed three. With three hole to play, Will was dormie-3. Both players parred the 16th hole and Will earned a nice 3&2 victory.
Through all four rounds, here’s how the Buckeyes performed.
- Kevin Stone: 4-0-0
- Caleb Ramirez 3-1-0
- Will Grimmer 2-1-1
- Will Voetsch 2-2-0
- Laken Hinton 1-0-1
- Daniel Wetterich 1-2-1
- Justin Wick 0-1-0
- Jack Mancinotti 0-1-0
The Buckeyes finished an aggregate 13-8-3 in their individual matches. Seven wins and two halves came on championship Saturday. That’s a pretty impressive level of match play when it counted.
If you’re interested, and you should be, on Saturday, March 2nd, BTN will televise this tournament beginning at 11:00 ET.
OSUMG travels to Rio Mar, Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Classic. This event is scheduled Sunday February 17th – Tuesday February 19th.