(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Ohio State Men’s Golf (OSUMG) flew into Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Classic tournament. The event is played at the Rio Mar Beach an Spa Resort (River Course) in Rio Grande, PR. It is a three round event, February 17th – 19th.
Course: The River Course is set up at 6,902 yards and playing to a par 72. The Ocean Course is set up at 6,782 yards and par 71. The team portion will be played n the River Course. The Individual tournament will be played on the Ocean Course.
Schedule: Shotgun tee times at 8:00 am each round.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: This is an 15 team field, with 8 teams currently ranked in Golfstat’s Top 50. Two competitors are in the Top 10. This appears o be a fairly competitive field.
Alabama #5, Clemson #12, East Carolina, Georgia #21, Georgia Tech #4, Iowa #40, Marquette #31, Maryland #93, Middle Tennessee State #138, NC State #28, Ohio State #56, Oklahoma #13, Purdue #66, UNCG #91, Virginia Tech #104
Ohio State lineup
1. Will Grimmer
2. Daniel Wetterich
3. Laken Hinton
4. Will Voetsch
5. Caleb Ramirez
Ind. Kevin Stone
Ind. Justin Wick
The Buckeyes completed the first round with a team score of 285 (-3) to finish in 4th place in the 15 team field. They are 2 strokes behind 3rd place Georgia and only 5 strokes behind leader NC State.
The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer (69, -3), Caleb Ramirez (69, -3) and Daniel Wetterich 71, -1). They were followed by Will Voetsch (76, +4) and Laken Hinton (78, +6). Will G and Caleb are T-2nd in the 75 player field. Daniel is T-14th, Will V is T-58th and Laken is T-68th.
In the Individual event Kevin Stone opened with a 72 (+1) and Justin Wick a 74 (+3). In Individual play, Kevin is in 4th place and Justin 5th.
|Puerto Rico Classic||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Kevin Stone (I)||72||0||72||72|
|Justin Wick (I)||74||0||0||73||3|
Beginning play on the 8th hole, Will was +1 through three holes of play. Then, over the next 13 holes Will had 5 birdies and 8 pars to get his round to -4. His five birdies tied for most of Buckeyes in team competition.
Daniel began his round on the 9th hole with a bogey then strung together 5 pars followed by an eagle (!) to get his round to -1. He strung together another 5 consecutive pars before finishing with 2 birdies, 2 pars and 2 bogeys to close his round.
Laken began his round on the 9th hole with a par, eagled(!) the 11th hole then birdied the 13th hole and was -3 to par through six holes of play. Unfortunately, through the balance of the round, he also carded 3 double bogeys. In his opening ten holes, Laken was level par; in his closing eight holes he was +6. He does has the capability for nice stretches of play.
Will began his round on the 10th hole with a par, one of eight on his opening nine holes. He was +1 through five holes on is back nine then finished in a 3 bogey/1 birdie flurry. His initial fourteen holes were a very solid +2.
Caleb began his round on the 11th hole with a par, then stumbled with a double bogey on the 12th. Probably figuring enough is enough, Caleb birdied two of his next three holes to trigger a 16 hole run of -5 to par! That’s impressive.
Meanwhile, on the Ocean Course, Kevin had an attention-getting round. The +1 round sounds pretty mundane, but it consisted of a double bogey and 6 bogeys. This was offset by 7 birdies which was the most by any Buckeye on the course. Impressive.
Justin’s round was even more eventful. In his +3 round, he had a double and a triple bogey, but also carded an eagle (!) and 5 birdies.
With this type of scoring in Individual play, I’d pay good money to watch this fireworks show.
The Buckeyes put together a very nice team golf effort to open the tournament. Monday’s round will be interesting to see if Will G and Caleb can continue their stellar play (possibly) and if Laken can avoid the big numbers (probably).
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.05 strokes, +1 to par, which ranked them 5th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.10, +5 to par, ranking T-6th. The par-5’s were played to 4.85, -3 to par, ranking them T-4th.
Ohio State had 55 pars, ranking them 7th. Their 15 birdies ranked them T-6th and their 2 eagles led that category.
The table below, summarizes the round by round team scoring for each category; birdies, pars, etc.
Round two Monday morning.