(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) team is in Kannapolis, NC for the Irish Creek Intercollegiate. The event is played at The Club at Irish Creek. It is a three round event with play scheduled for Saturday, April 6th (36 holes) and Sunday, April 7th (18 holes).
Course: The Club at Irish Creek is set up at 7,099 yards and to a par of 71. According to the scorecard the rating/slope is 74.3/137. At my course (70.2/113, 6.412 yd) I would be an 11 handicap. At The Club, I’d be a 13. At almost 7,100 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 16 team field, with five teams in Golfstat’s Top 50:
Appalachian State, Charlotte, Dartmouth, #86 Davidson, East Carolina, #28 Florida State, High Point, James Madison, #31 Kansas, Kennesaw State, Marshall, #49 Ohio State, Richmond, UNCG, VCU, #42 West Virginia
Ohio State lineup
1. Will Grimmer
2. Daniel Wetterich
3. Caleb Ramirez
4. Laken Hinton
5. Kevin Stone
Ind. Grant Engle
Ind. Will Voetsch
The Buckeyes a good opening round with a tremendous finishing round to finish in 2nd place with a team score of 842 (-10). They had rounds of 285-290-292. This was a total team effort with 3 Buckeyes (Will Grimmer T-4, Caleb Ramirez T-4, Daniel Wetterich T-10) finishing in the Top 10 in the 96 player field. Will Voetsch T-7th overall as an Individual. Four of six players that participated finished Top-10. Twenty-one players shot under par for the tournament, five of them were Buckeyes. That’s pretty damned good.
The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer and Caleb Ramirez at 208 (-5) and Daniel Wetterich at 210 (-3). Kevin Stone shot a 227 (+14).
In Individual play, Will Voetsch shot a 209 (-4) and Grant Engle shot a 212 (-1).
|Pos||Irish Creek||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|T-20||Grant Engle (I)||71||72||69||212||-1|
|T-7||Will Voetsch (I)||71||68||68||207||-6|
|Round To Par||-5||4||-9||-10||-10|
Will put together rounds of 68-73-67-208 for the event. His opening and closing rounds were works of art. In the first round, Will had 4 birdies and only one bogey. In his final round, he had 5 birdies and 1 bogey. A strong start and a stronger finish.
Will co-led the Buckeyes in par-3 scoring at 2.92 (-1), placing him T-3rd overall. He also co-led in par-5 scoring at 4.56 (-4), T-12 overall and his 12 birdies were T-10th overall.
Daniel had rounds of 69-72-69-210. His first and final rounds somewhat mirrored Grimmer’s play. In his opening round, Daniel had 6 birdies and 4 bogeys and in the final round 3 birdies and 1 bogey. His opening round 6 birdies were tied with Caleb for most Buckeye Birdies in a round.
Daniel co-led the Buckeyes in par-3 scoring at 2.92 (-1), placing him T-3rd overall. He also co-led in par-5 scoring at 4.56 (-4), T-12 overall. His 13 birdies placed him T-6th overall.
Caleb shot 70-69-69-208. Caleb finished the tournament strong with a final round of 4 birdies and 2 bogeys. His second round was the round that “almost was”. Through 16 holes of play Caleb had 5 birdies and sat at -4 to par. However, he triple-bogeyed the par-3 8th hole, then finished with a birdie on his final hole. His 6 birdies tied Daniel for most by a Buckeye in a single round. I’m pretty sure he’d like to have another run at hole #8.
Caleb led the Buckeyes with in par-4 scoring at 3.88 (-4) and finished 4th overall in that category. His 14 birdies led the Buckeyes and were T-4th overall.
Laken shot 72-74-70-216. Laken opened with an opening nine of +2, then played the next six holes in -3. Nice stretch of golf. In his second round, he started even better; level par through nine holes. Four consecutive bogeys speed-bumped him a bit, but he finished the final five holes in -1. In his final round, he swayed a bit in his opening nine with 3 birdies, bogeys, pars. He closed his homeward nine with 1 birdie and 8 pars, so Laken wasn’t too easily swayed.
Laken’s 10 birdies placed him T-27th overall.
Kevin had rounds of 73-78-76-227. Kevin opened his first round with double bogey, then played the other 17 holes in level par, so a pretty good opening round. In his second round, he was level par though 10 holes, then things started to slip. The next seven holes were played in +4, then finalized with a closing triple bogey. His final round was a bit better in that it had no score higher than a bogey, so the Big Number scores were avoided.
Will shot 73-68-68-209. Will actually had a pretty decent opening round. He had 4 birdies and 4 bogeys. His only mis-step double bogey on the par-4 10th hole. Tiring of this nonsense, his second round was a beauty; 4 birdies and a bogey. His final round was even more artistic; 3 birdies and 15 pars. His final 36 holes had 35 holes played in par or better. That’s really good.
Will co-led the Buckeyes in par-3 scoring at 2.92 (-1), placing him T-3rd overall. His 37 pars led the Buckeyes and were T-14th overall. Will’s 11 birdies were T-16th overall.
Grant shot 71-72-69-212. He had a nice ‘+/-‘ opening round with 3 birdies, 3 bogeys and 12 pars. Grant’s second round was well played (5 birdies) and marred by only a double bogey on the dreaded par-3 8th hole (see Caleb, above). Grant saved his best for his final round; 5 birdies, including 3 consecutive on holes #11-#13, and 3 bogeys for a 69 (-2).
Grant co-led the Buckeyes in par-5 scoring at 4.56 (-4), T-12 overall. His 13 birdies were T-6th overall.
This was a good opening round, mediocre second round and an impressive final round. Actually, the second round itself wasn’t all that bad, just one hole was, the 179 yard par-3 8th hole. In the opening round, the Team played it to an aggregate of -1 (really good) and in the final round to +1 (almost really good). In the second round, the Team played it to an aggregate +7 (really not good).
Below is an overhead of the hole. You’ll notice that you have to carry a good bit of water and that water runs along the entire left side of the hole with a bunker to right of the green. Any shot heading left off the tee box is wet, which means you have to re-tee or drop at point of entry. Which means you have to hit the same shot again. A golfer can hardly be faulted for a high score on this hole.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.07 strokes, +4 to par, ranking them T-4th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.08, +13 to par, ranking T-7th. The par-5’s were played to 4.71, -13 to par, ranking them T-3rd.
Ohio State had 56 birdies, ranking them T-2nd and 161 pars, ranking them 10th.
The table below, summarizes the round by round team scoring for each category; birdies, pars, etc.
The Buckeyes played very solid golf in the 1st and 3rd rounds. In the 2nd round, they scored enough birdies (19) but hurt themselves with four holes that spun out of control with double and triple bogeys. It was good to see them bounce back and play a very clean final round.
The Buckeyes return home to host the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at OSU’s Scarlet Course. The tournament is scheduled for Friday April 19th and Saturday April 20th. This is the last tune up prior to the B1G Championship the following week.