(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 was off this past weekend, but had the opportunity to send four players, playing as Individuals, to participate in the Bill Blazer Memorial tournament in Pataskala, OH.The event was April 12-13.
Course: Cumberland Trail Golf Club was set up at 7,068 yards and to a par of 72. This distance is a “tweener”, since the two applicable yardages on the scorecard are 7,265 and 6,808. yardages. At both those yardages, my course handicap would be a 12. At my course (70.2/113, 6.412 yd) I would be an 11 handicap. At almost 7,100 yards, that’s a lot of ground for me to cover. I’d need every bit of that handicap…
Ohio State (Individuals), Alderson Broaddus, Cedarville University, Columbus State, Malone University, Mount Vernon Nazarene, Ohio Dominican (host school), Urbana University
The field consists of 53 players, with 19 competing as Individuals.
Ohio State lineup
1. JonErik Alford
2. Grant Engle
3. Jack Mancinotti
4. Justin Wick
The Buckeyes placed three players in the Top-10 and all four in the Top 20 (Top-18 to be precise). This was a good course for scoring and the Buckeyes did that.
|Pos||Bill Blazer||Rd 1||Rd 2||Total||To Par|
Grant opened with a good front nine and a better back nine. An eight par front got him to the turn at +1. After a bogey on #11, Grant ran off three consecutive pars, then birdied #15 and eagled #16. He cruised through his second round with a front nine of -2 and a back nine of +1.
Grant played the par-4s to 3.90 (-1) to place T-1 in that category. He had the only eagle in the event and his 24 pars placed him T-6 overall.
This was JonErik’s inaugural round of the season, and he made the most of it. He had nines of E, +2, +2, -2 for the tournament. With post season play in a week and a half, JonErik did himself, and the team a huge favor with this performance.
JonErik played the par-3s to 3.925 (+2) to place T-4th in that category. He played the par-4s in 4.15 (+3) to place T-7th and the par-5s in 4.83 (-3) to place T-1st. JonErik had 6 birdies to T-5th in that category and his 23 pars were T-11th.
I would have paid good money to follow Jack in his opening round. In 4-5 hours, he had 6 birdies (about a month’s worth for me), 6 pars, 5 bogeys and a triple bogey. I’d have seen a little bit of everything, but mostly, I’d have seen some good golf. He slid a bit in the final round, but still had 13 holes of par or better.
Jack averaged 3.25 (+2) to T-4th on the par-3s.. His 7 birdies led the Buckeyes and placed him T-2 overall.
Justin struggled to make birdies, but in both rounds he had 25 holes of par or better. He slipped a bit in the final round with two double bogeys on tthe front nine, but they were bracketed on each side by 3 pars, so Justin did contain the damage.
Justin had 23 pars to finish T-11th overall. Pars are you friend and Justin made quite a few friends in Pataskala.
Pataskala may not be a destination spot, but if you’re a real golfer, you’ll tee it up anywhere, anytime. This was a great opportunity during an “off week” for some players to sharpen their games, gain some confidence and demonstrate their capabilities. I love events like this. Nice work, gentlemen.
The Robert Kepler Intercollegiate is scheduled at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course Friday April 19 – Saturday April 20.