(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes are in Fayetteville, AR for the NCAA Championships. Here is the setup and round one recap.
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.
Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, BYU, California, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Liberty, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina, North Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, SMU, Stanford, South Carolina, Southern California, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest
Ohio State lineup
1. Daniel Wetterich
2. Will Grimmer
3. Caleb Ramirez
4. Will Voetsch
5. Laken Hinton
Alt. Kevin Stone
Note: The NCAA has recently authorized teams to bring a 6th player as an alternate to be used as a substitution at the coach’s discretion. Kevin is the “6th man”.
The Buckeyes put together a strong start to finish the second round in T-7th place with a team score of 296 (+8). They began play on hole #1 and had a solid front nine, turning in a team score of +2.
Right now, they are in good position. * I need to put a correction right here. After three rounds (54 holes), the low 15 teams advance for the 4th and final round of stroke play. From those 15 teams, the low 8 teams qualify for match play on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Buckeyes were led by Laken Hinton with a 71 (-1) and Caleb Ramirez with a 73 (+1). Daniel Wetterich 74 (+3) and Will Grimmer 78 (+6) completed the team scoring. Will Voetsch shot an 81 (+9) to round out Buckeye scoring.
Through two rounds, Daniel is T-16th in the 156 player field. Laken is T-37th, Will G and Caleb are T-59th and Will V is T-128.
|Pos||NCAA Champ||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
Hole By Hole Scoring
The Buckeyes began play on hole #1.
Daniel made a lot of pars (14) and actually had a pretty good round. He opened with four pars, then strung in three more for a front nine of 38 (+2). He opened his back nine with five consecutive pars before a birdie on the par-5, 15th hole. A closing bogey gave him a back nine of 36 (E) and a round of 74 (+2).
Through two rounds, Daniel averaged 2.88 (-1) on the par-3s, 4.15 (+3) on the par-4s and 4.88 (-1) on the par-5s. He had 1 eagle, 5 birdies and 22 pars.
Will was somewhat symmetric in his round. He had 9 pars (pretty good) along with 3 birdies (excellent!), 3 bogeys (not too bad) and 3 double bogeys (ugh). He capped off his symmetrical round with a front nine of 39 (+3) and a back nine of 39 (+3).
Will averaged 3.13 (+1) on the par-3s, 4.35 (+7) on the par-4s and 4.75 (-2) on the par-5s. He’s had 8 birdies and 17 pars.
Caleb had a frothy opening nine. After a par on #1, Caleb had 3 birdies and 3 bogeys over his next six holes. He closed with two pars for a nine of 36 (E), but it was an eventful nine holes. On the back nine, Caleb was +2 through the 14th hole. He parred the next three holes and ended his round with a birdie on the long 478 yard and difficult par-4, 18th hole. His back nine of 37 (+1) gave Caleb a round of 73 (+1).
Caleb averaged 3.00 (E) on the par-3s, 4.35 (+7) on the par-4s and 4.88 (-1) on the par-5s. Caleb’s had 8 birdies and 17 pars.
Will had contrasting nines for the round. Although he opened with a double bogey, he also had two birdies and two bogeys to make the turn at 38 (+2), which wasn’t bad, considering his start. Unfortunately, the back nine didn’t go too well. Four bogeys and a triple bogey moved his back nine to 43 (+7) and a round of 81 (+9).
Will averaged 3.25 (+2) on the par-3s, 4.60 (+12) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. Will has had 4 birdies and 19 pars.
Laken had 17 holes of really good golf, as you might expect for someone who scored under par on this nightmare of a course. He opened with a bogey on #1, then carded three birdies (holes #2, #6, #8) to make the turn at 34 (-2). The 34 was the best Buckeye score on the front nine in both rounds. After a birdie on #11, Laken stumbled with a double bogey on the par-4 12th hole. He played the next five holes in +1 before, like Caleb, birdieing the long and difficult 18th hole. His back nine of 37 (+1) gave Laken a round of 71 (-1).
Laken averaged 3.00 (E) on the par-3s, 4.20 (+4) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. He’s had 6 birdie and 22 pars.
Stats & Stuff
Through two rounds, Ohio State played the par-3s in 3.05 (+2). They played the par-4s in 4.33 (+33) and the par-5s in 4.90 (-4). Through 36 holes, they’ve had 1 eagle, 31 birdies and 97 pars.
Here’s how the scoring broke out for Ohio State on Friday.
Through two rounds, things look pretty good for Ohio State. They are in solid 7th place in the initial quest to make the top-15 to play the final round of stroke play.
Through two rounds, the field averaged 76.01 strokes. Ohio State’s five golfers averaged 75.1 strokes.
*Update: As I write this, Ohio State is midway through their front nine in Sunday’s third round. They have slipped from T-7th to T-11. They are, at the moment, 6 strokes out of 8th place and, worse yet, only four strokes ahead of 16th place UNLV. They need to get it in gear pretty quickly, of Sunday could be their last round of the season.
Round three is scheduled for Sunday.