(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) are in the Great Northwest, Bandon, OR, specifically, for the Bandon Dunes Invitational. The event is played at the Bandon Dunes Course. It is a three round event scheduled for Sunday March 10th – Tuesday March 12th.
Course: The Bandon Dunes Course is set up at 6,954 yards and playing to a par 72. According to the scorecard, with the set-up of 6,732 yards, Bandon Dunes has a rating/slope of 74.1/145. At 200 yards longer, it played a lot tougher this week.
At my course (70.2/113, 6.412 yd) I would be an 11 handicap. At the published Brandon Dune (74.1, 145, 6,732) I’d be a 14. At the tournament set-up (xx.x/xxx, 6954) I’d be “you’re kidding, right?”.
Schedule: Shotgun tee times at 11:30 am ET each round.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: This is an 17 team field:
Boise State, Denver, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Idaho, North Carolina State, Cal State Northridge, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, SMU, UNC-Wilmington, USC Upstate, Utah, Utah Valley and Washington State
Ohio State lineup
1. Will Grimmer
2. Daniel Wetterich
3. Caleb Ramirez
4. Laken Hinton
5. Will Voetsch
Ind. Kevin Stone
Ind. Grant Engle
Ind. Jack Mancinotti
The Buckeyes finished in third place in their inaugural participation in the Bandon Dunes Championship. Their rounds of 291-284-309-884 (+20) tied them with San Jose State and were only two strokes behind 2nd place Denver. Ohio State led after round 1 and was in first place after round 2 with the fourth best score of that round. So far, so good. However, things went off the tracks will a horrible final round due to the fourth worst score of the field. That’s golf; some days you get it, other days it gets you. Still, two well played rounds and a “show” finish are a good week of golf. Well done, Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer with a 218 (+2). Daniel Wetterich shot a 220 (+4), Caleb Ramirez a 223 (+7), Laken Hinton a 224 (+8) and Will Voetsch a 232 (+16).
Will G finished T-9th in the 107 player field. Daniel finished T-16th, Caleb T-24th, Laken T-33rd and Will V T-68th.
In Individual play Kevin Stone shot 227 (+11) to finish T-43rd, Grant Engle a 230 (+14) to place T-59th and Jack Mancinotti a 238 (+22) to finish T-90th.
|Bandon Dunes||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Kevin Stone (I)||76||76||75||227||11|
|Grant Engle (I)||81||70||79||230||14|
|Jack Mancinotti (I)||72||76||90||238||22|
Will put together rounds of 75-70-73-218 for the event. He spread his 9 birdies evenly in his three rounds. His 9 bogeys were the fewest and his 33 pars were 2nd most of any Buckeye. A lot of holes played at par or better leads to good scores. Who’da thunk? His tournament highlight may have been a hole-out from the fairway for an eagle 2 on the par-4 16th hole in Round 2.
Daniel had rounds of 69-71-80-220. He was en fuego in Rounds 1 & 2 with a cumulative score of 140 (-2). In the first two days, Daniel holed out from the fairway for an eagle in the first round on hole #10, had 8 birdies and only 6 bogeys. That’s an extraordinary two days of golf. His 10 birdies tied (with Will V, Grant, Jack) for most by a Buckeye.
Caleb shot 73-70-80-223. Caleb’s 2nd round was a masterpiece. He had 2 birdies and 16 pars for his round of 70 (-2). Caleb’s tournament was similar to Daniel’s; they overcame the challenge of back-to-back great rounds but a similar third round was an ask too far. Caleb’s 40 pars for the tournament led all players.
Laken had rounds of 74-73-77-224. He took us on a joy-ride in his opening round of 74 (+2). Beginning on hole #10, he had a six hole stretch that had 1 par, 1 bogey, 3 birdies, 1 double bogey and punctuated by an eagle 2 on the par-4 16th hole. His 2nd round of 73 (+1) was more mundane with 2 birdies, 3 bogeys and 13 pars. Laken and Will V, below, were the only two Buckeyes to par both #1 and #2 in the final round to help hold OSU in 3rd place.
Will shot 78-75-79-232. His 10 birdies were 4-way tied for most by a Buckeye. His 2nd round of 75 (+3), although not counting to tam score was a very solid round. Ironically, his 3rd round, his highest, did count towards team score. Which should give you an idea how everyone else played that round. Fortunately, his pars on holes #1 and #2, the 2nd and 3rd toughest holes of the round, helped keep Ohio State in 3rd position.
Kevin had rounds of 76-76-75- 227. He soldiered on with some very consistent play in his three rounds and fortunately saved his best round for last. He had 8 birdies and 2 double bogeys, so Kevin managed to keep the mistakes down and closed strong, with his final round being his best round.
Grant shot 81-70-79-230. Although he struggled in his first and third rounds, Grant flashed skills and promise in his middle round. His 5 birdie, 3 bogey performance was encouraging. His team leading (4-way tie) 10 birdies was pretty encouraging as well.
Jack shot 72-76-90-238. Jack’s opening round of 72 (E) was a wild ride and had Jack in T-3rd at that point. He had an eagle, 6 birdies, 2 bogeys and 3 double bogeys. I would have paid good money to follow Jack that round. His second round was respectably played, and the less said about the 3rd round the better.
Not much to add at this point. The Buckeyes played very well in the first two rounds, but couldn’t hold it together in the final round. If anything, it shows that five players stringing together three great consecutive rounds is a tall order. Highly unlikely, actually. The “build” is that for 36 holes, on a difficult course, no one was better.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.32 strokes, +19 to par, which ranked them 3rd in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.19, +29 to par, ranking 6th. The par-5’s were played to 4.82, -11 to par, ranking them T-5th.
Ohio State had 159 pars, ranking them T-2nd. Their 41 birdies ranked them 6th and their 3 eagles led that category.
The table below, summarizes the round by round team scoring for each category; birdies, pars, etc.
The Buckeyes tee it up in Greensboro, GA for the Linger Longer Invitational. The event is scheduled Friday March 15 – Sunday March 17.