(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes are off to Murrells Inlet, SC this week for the NCAA Regional Championships. The low five teams and the low Individual not on any of the low five teams will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Course: The TPC Course is set up at 6,950 yards and to a par of 72. According to the scorecard the rating/slope is 74.1/144. At my course (70.2/113, 6.412 yd) with my Index of 10.7, I would be an 11 handicap. At the TPC Myrtle Beach, I’d be a 14.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: The 14 team field, below, and their GolfStat Top 50 rankings.
#3 Wake Forest, #10 California, #15 Texas Tech, #23 Illinois, #27 Florida State, #34 UNLV, #39 Oregon, #46 Ohio State, #50 Northwestern, Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, Middle Tennessee, VCU, Robert Morris
Ohio State lineup
1. Daniel Wetterich
2. Will Grimmer
3. Caleb Ramirez
4. Will Voetsch
5. Laken Hinton
The Buckeyes put together the opening round they needed with a team score 284 (-4) to be 5 strokes ahead of leader Illinois and 2 strokes in front of Wake Forest and Florida State. Remember, Ohio State doesn’t need to in this (although it would be nice) but finish in the top 5 scores to advance.
The Buckeyes were led by Caleb Ramirez and Will Voetsch, both with 68 (-3). Daniel Wetterich and Will Grimmer each had 74 (+2) to complete the team scoring and Laken Hinton had a 75 (+3).
Caleb and Will V are T-2nd in the 75 player field. Daniel and Will G are T-35th and Laken is T-48th.
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Hole By Hole Scoring
Daniel put together a fairly well played front nine of 39 (+3) and finished with 2 birdies of his final five holes for a back nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 74 (+2). His only blemish was a triple bogey on the 452 yard par-4 4th hole. I’m pretty sure Daniel would like another run at that hole.
Daniel averaged 3.00 (E) on the par-3s, 4.50 (+5) on the par-4s and 4.25 (-3) on the par-5s. He tied for 2nd in par-5 scoring. He had 3 birdies and 12 pars.
Will didn’t have much going in the front nine; his 2 birdies and 6 bogeys got him to the turn in 40 (+4). He regained his form on the back nine with a 3 birdie – 1 bogey nine of 34 (-2) and a round of 74 (+2).
Will averaged 3.00 (E) on the par-3s, 4.30 (+3) on the par-4s and 4.75 (-1) on the par-5s. He had 5 birdies and 6 pars.
Caleb was superb on the front nine. His 4 birdies got him to the turn in 32 (-4). His back nine had 2 birdies, 6 pars and a double bogey on the 502 yard par-5 14th hole. Caleb finished the round 68 (-4) one stroke out of medalist position, so I know he’d want another try at the 14th hole.
Caleb averaged 2.75 (-1) on the par-3s, 3.70 (-3) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. He led the field in par-4 scoring. Caleb had 6 birdies and 11 pars.
Will had a sizzling front nine of 1 eagle, 1 birdie and 6 pars to make the turn in 33 (-3). On his back nine, he was even par through #17 before birdieing the #18th hole for a 35 (-1) and a round of 68 (-4).
Will averaged 3.25 (+1) on the par-3s, 3.80 (-2) on the par-4s and 4.25 (-3) on the par-5s. He was T-2nd in both par-4 and par-5 scoring. Will had 1 eagle, 4 birdies and 11 pars.
Laken put together a solid front nine of 37 (+1) that had 2 bogeys and a birdie. He was even par on his round through 11 holes, then closed with 3 bogeys for a back nine of 38 *+2) and a round of 75 (+3).
Laken averaged 3.25 (+1) on the par-3s, 4.20 (+2) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. He had 2 birdies and 11 pars.
Stats & Stuff
Oho State played the par-3s to 3.05 (+1). They played the par-4s in 4.10 (+5) and the par-5s in 4.65 (-7). They had 1 eagle, 20 birdies (2nd in field) and 51 pars (7th in field).
Here’s how the scoring broke out for Ohio State on Friday.
This was a very nice team effort. The field averaged 73.9 strokes while Ohio State averaged 71.8, over a stroke per player better than the average. That translates to over 4 (team) strokes for the day. That’s huge.
Round two is scheduled for Tuesday.