(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) were in Greensboro, GA for the Linger Longer Invitational. The event is played at The Landing Golf Course. It is a three round event with play scheduled for Friday March 15th through Sunday March 17th.
Course: The Landing Golf Course was set up at 6,991 yards and played to a par 72. According to the scorecard the rating/slope is 74.5/138. At my course (70.2/113, 6.412 yd) I would be an 11 handicap. At The Landing I’d be a 13. At almost 7,000 yards, that wouldn’t begin to cover what I need…
Schedule: Tee times at 8:30 am off 1st and 10th tees.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: This is an 15 team field:
Alabama, Augusta, Charlotte, Georgia, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Louisville, Mercer, Ohio State, Penn State, South Alabama, Tennessee, Toledo, UNCG, Virginia
Ohio State lineup
1. Will Grimmer
2. Daniel Wetterich
3. Caleb Ramirez
4. Kevin Stone
5. Will Voetsch
Ind. Grant Engle
The Buckeyes finished in 8th place with a team score of 867 (-3). They had rounds of 285 (-3), 290 (+2) and 292 (+4).
The Buckeyes were led by Daniel Wetterich at 212 (-4) and Caleb Ramirez at 214 (-2). Will Voetsch shot 221 (+5), Kevin Stone 224 (+8) and Will Grimmer 232 (+16).
In Individual play, Grant Engle shot a 226 (+10).
|Fin||Linger Longer||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|T61||Grant Engle (I)||81||72||73||226||10|
Will put together rounds of 78-77-77-232 for the event. Those are probably good scores for you and I. For Will, no. He opened the tournament par-birdie and was +1 at the turn. S far, so good. A +5 back nine put a damper on things and he shot 78. In fact, the back nine put a damper on Will this week. He finished +16 and his back nine scores were +11. The front nine was great; he had six of his seven birdies on the front.
Daniel had rounds of 70-70-72-212. His first two rounds were extraordinary. In each round, Daniel had 2 birdies and 16 pars. That is really consistent golf at a high level. His final round was more exciting. He speed-bumped with a double bogey and two bogeys, but offset those with an eagle and two birdies.
Daniel led the field with 44 pars and had 1 eagle, a 3 on the par-5 16th hole. Daniel led the Buckeyes in par-5 scoring with an average of 4.58.
Caleb shot 70-68-76-214. His second round 68 set a career low. It was well needed to tamp down the team score and keep them in the hunt, or at least in 7th place. In Caleb’s first two rounds, he was an aggregate -6 to par with 10 birdies.
Caleb led the Buckeyes with 10 birdies and also had an eagle 3 on the par-5 2nd hole in the final round. Caleb led the Buckeyes in par-4 scoring, and was 5th overall with an average of 3.93.
Kevin had rounds of 70-81-73-224. He opened play with two birdies in his first three holes (always a great start) to make the turn at level par, then rang up two more birdies on the back nine to finish -2. Things went awry in the second round with 9 bogeys and a double bogey. He did have a birdie, so it wasn’t a complete loss.
Kevin had a nice bounce-back with 3 birdies / 4 bogeys in his final round. After his second round toe-stub, to come back with 14 holes at par or better shows a bit of resilience on Kevin’s part.
Will shot 75-75-71-221. Will had an eventful opening round with 4 birdies, 3 bogeys and 2 double bogeys. He smoothed things out a bit in the second round for another 75, for his second “count as team score” in two rounds. Will’s 3-birdie final round of 71 earned him “low Buckeye” for the round and moved him up 17 positions on the scoreboard. That’s good closing ability.
Grant shot 81-72-73-226. His opening round was “punctuated” by a 10 on the par-5 2nd hole, which statistically, wasn’t that hard of a hole. (I’ve pulled off similar stunts on easier holes – very annoying…). Grant dusted himself off and played the next two rounds in a well played aggregate +1. In fact, he played the second round back nine in -3 and he final round back nine in level par. Look at it this way; when you finish +10 and half of those strokes were on a single hole – you probably had 53 good holes of golf to go along with it.
This was a “really nice” opening round followed by two “okay, not too bad” rounds. This was a one-off result for Will G. Daniel and Caleb picked up the slack for the team, Will V showed he can close out a tournament, and Kevin and Grant showed they can quickly recover from “wish I hadn’t done that” rounds. All in all, not a bad result. Nice job, gentlemen.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.15 strokes, +9 to par, which ranked them 6th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.15, +22 to par, ranking T-8th. The par-5’s were played to 4.87, -8 to par, ranking them 9th.
Ohio State had 2 eagles, ranking them T-5th, 40 birdies, ranking them 12th and 171 pars, ranking them 2nd.
The table below, summarizes the round by round team scoring for each category; birdies, pars, etc.
The Buckeyes tee it up in Kannapolis, NC for the Irish Creek Collegiate. The event is scheduled from April 6th – April 7th.