(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
In a nod to eastern member, Rutgers, the Ohio State Men’s Golf (OSUMG) team is in Philadelphia, PA this weekend for the Big Ten Championships. The event is set for the Wissahickon Course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, located in Flourtown, PA. It is a three round event with play scheduled for Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th.
Course: The Wissahickon Course is set up at 7,119 yards and to a par of 70. The course was designed by designer extraordinaire A.W. Tillinghast and built in the early 1920’s According to the scorecard the rating/slope is 74.8/140. At my course (70.2/113, 6.412 yd) with my Index of 10.7, I would be an 11 handicap. At the Wissahickon Course, I’d be a 13.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: Being the B1G Championship, it has 14 teams. with four teams in Golfstat’s Top 50:
#27 Illinois, #113 Indiana, #38 Iowa, #116 Maryland, #106 Michigan, #56 Michigan State, #91 Minnesota, #155 Nebraska, #47 Northwestern, #45 Ohio State, #58 Penn State, #61 Purdue, #131 Rutgers, #110 Wisconsin.
Ohio State lineup
The Buckeyes had a fair enough front nine team score (+5) but struggled on the back nine (+11) to finish their opening round at 296 (+16) to put them in 11th place. The weather was challenging with rain, thunderstorms and a lightning delay. Play was challenging, as well. In the 80 player field, only seven golfers finished at par or better.
The Buckeyes were led by Caleb Ramirez and Will Voetsch, both with 71 (+1). Daniel Wetterich and Will Grimmer each had 77 (+7) to complete the team scoring and Laken Hinton had a 78 (+8).
Caleb and Will V are T-8th in the 70 player field. Daniel and Will G are T-52nd and Laken is T-55th.
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Daniel couldn’t get much going this round. To his credit, he had no core higher than a bogey, but he couldn’t ring up any birdies. His three bogeys on the front got Daniel to the turn at 38 (+3) but he closed with a 39 (+4) for his 77.
Daniel averaged 3.50 (+2) on the par-3s, 4.42 (+5) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. He had no birdies and 11 pars.
Will had a birdie offset by a double bogey n his front nine to make the turn at 37 (+2). He had one more bogey than par on his back nine of 40 (+5) for his 77.
Will averaged 4.00 (+4) on the par-3s, 4.25 (+3) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. He had 1 birdie and 10 pars.
Caleb was -1 through five holes and made the turn in a very solid 35 (E). After a bogey on #10, he finished with eight consecutive pars for a back nine of 36 (+1) and a 71.
Caleb averaged 3.00 (E) on the par-3s, 4.08 (+1) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. He had 1 birdies and 15 pars.
Will had a round that somewhat mirrored Caleb’s He opened with nine pars to make the turn at 35 (E), then played the next five holes in -1. Will bogeyed two of his closing four holes for a back nine of 36 (+1) and his 71.
Will averaged 3.25 (+1) on the par-3s, 4.08 (+1) on the par-4s and 4.50 (-1) on the par-5s. Will had 1 birdie and 15 pars.
Laken opened with three bogeys in four holes before settling into five consecutive pars to make the turn at 38 (+3). He alternated bogeys and pars on his his back nine of 40 (+5) for his 78.
Laken averaged 3.50 (+2) on the par-3s, 4.50 (+6) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. He had no birdies and 10 pars.
Hole by hole scoring
Stats & Stuff
Oho State ‘A’ played the par-3s to 3.45 (+9) to place 2nd in that category. They played the par-4s in 4.37 (+16), 2nd place and the par-5s in 4.90 (-1) T-3rd. They led the field in pars (61) but were last in birdies (3).
Here’s how the scoring broke out for Ohio State on Friday.
The average score for the field was 74.46 on a par-70 layout. The average for the Buckeyes was 74.8. Conditions were tough on Friday. Ohio State had two players that played well and three that didn’t. The problem is in team play, at least four players need to play well.
At this point, a B1G Championship is out of the picture, but I think that strong 2nd and 3rd round performances keeps Ohio State in the NCAA Regional conversation, so there is still a lot to play for this weekend.
Round two is scheduled for Saturday.