(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 team event is played at the Rio Mar Beach an Spa Resort (River Course) in Rio Grande, PR. The Individual event is played at the Ocean Course. It is a three round event, February 17th – 19th. The Buckeyes ended the opening round in 4th place, the second round in 8th place. First round recap, here. Second round recap, here.
The Buckeyes completed the final round round with a team score of 297 (+12) to finish at 877 (+13) for the tournament. They finished in 9th place.
In the final round, the Buckeyes were scored as follows; Will Grimmer (70, -2). Caleb Ramirez (73, +1), Will Voetsch (73, +1), Daniel Wetterich (76, +4) and Laken Hinton (76, +4).
For the tournament, Will G (212, -4) was T-12th, Caleb (216, E) was T-23rd, Daniel (221, +5) was T-43rd, Will V (227 +11 was T-60th and Laken (233, +17) is T-70th.
In the Individual event Kevin Stone had a final round of 73 (+2) and Justin Wick a 78 (+6). Kevin finished in 3rd place with a score of 218 (+5) and Justin (234, +21) in T-9th.
|Puerto Rico Classic||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Kevin Stone (I)||72||73||73||218||2|
|Justin Wick (I)||74||82||78||234||18|
‘* Note: Kevin and Justin are playing on a par 71 course, so their “to par” numbers should be +3 and +12, respectively.
Will began his round on the 9th hole with a par and was -2 through eight holes. His mixed 3 birdies and 3 bogeys over his next seven holes, then finished with 3 consecutive pars for a 70, his second sub-par round of the tournament. His 5 birdies were tied for most of any Buckeye with Will Voetsch.
Daniel began his round on the 9th hole with a par, then bogeyed #10. He played the next eight holes in -2. A string of four consecutive bogeys was broken by a birdie on #5, followed by 2 bogeys on his final three holes.
Laken began his round on the 11th hole with a par and actually made several pars on the day; a team high 14. Par can be your friend and Laken had quite a few friends in the final round.
Will began his round on the 10th hole with a par and interspersed 3 birdies with 2 bogeys on the back nine to make the turn at 35 (-1). He had an erratic stretch on the front nine with 2 birdies, a double bogey and a quadruple bogey (ouch), but closed with 3 consecutive pars for his best round of the tournament.
Caleb began his round on the 8th hole with a double bogey, then played the next ten holes in level par to stabilize the round. His final stretch of seven holes was played in +1. So, after a tough start, +3 through two holes, Caleb again put together a stretch of 16 holes of solid, level par golf. I think that Caleb is “feeling it” this Spring.
Kevin again had 17 holes of well played golf. He stumbled with a triple bogey on hole #13, but his other 17 holes were played in -1. Kevin had birdied #12 to bring his round to even par, tripled #13, then followed with a birdie and four consecutive pars to finish his round. Kevin is on a bit of a roll this Spring schedule.
Justin ad an initial stretch of very good golf, then a stretch where it went sideways on him. Through the first six holes Justin had 2 birdies and was -1 to par. For the next tn holes, he was +8 to par. Justin coasted into the clubhouse with two pars.
Hard to get a read on this round. For certain, compared to the field, it wasn’t a good day of golf. Ohio State’s round of +8 was the worst score of the day. The best rounds of the day (Georgia, Oklahoma) were -8, a 16 stroke difference. You just can’t cede nearly a stroke a hole.
This was an improvement of 6 strokes and one position over last year’s results in the Puerto Rico Classic. This improvement, combined with last week’s Big Ten Match Play Championship point to some really good Buckeye golf this Spring. Grimmer and Wetterich have been the “go to” players over the past year or two. With the emergence this Spring of Ramirez and Stone, this can be a deep, dangerous team for upcoming opponents.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.35 strokes, +7 to par. For the event, they were 3.22, +13 to par. They played the par-4’s to 4.30, +15 to par. For the event, they were 4.17, +26 to par. The par-5’s were played to 4.80, -4 to par. For the event they were 4.83, -10 to par.
Ohio State had 52 pars, giving them 164 for the tournament. They had 16 birdies giving them 43 for the tournament and 2 eagles.
The table below, summarizes the round by round team scoring for each category; birdies, pars, etc.
The Buckeyes have several weeks “off”, then head to Bandon, OR for the Bandon Dunes Invitational.