(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. Here is round two 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”.

Recap

The Buckeyes put together a strong start to shoot a third round of 302 (+14). Their three round total of 895 (+31) placed them in 11th place. This was a nice “recovery” round by the Buckeyes. Despite being in good position (7th place) at the start of the round, they were in danger of completely screwing this up until some back nine heroics by Wetterich, Grimmer and Hinton saved their season.

On the back nine, Laken had 8 par and played it to +2. Will played it to +1. Daniel played it with 3 birdies and a nine of -3.

The good-bad-good news is:

  1. Ohio State made the top 15, so they’ll play in Monday’s final round of stroke play to determine the top 8 scores.
  2. In 11th place, they are out of the top 8, which is the final cut number they need to attain.
  3. Eighth place Clemson is only 3 strokes in front of Ohio State, so a move into the top eight is well within reach.

In round three, the Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer with a 72 (E). Daniel Wetterich had a 74 (+2) and Will Voetsch and Laken Hinton with 78’s (+6) to complete team scoring. Caleb Ramirez wandered in with an 81 (+9) to complete Ohio State play.

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Through three rounds, Daniel is T-19th in the 156 player field. Will G is T-54th, Laken is T-65th, Caleb is T-101st and Will V is T-129th.

Buckeye Scoring

Pos NCAA Champ Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
T-11 Team 297 296 302 895 31
T-34 Will Grimmer 72 78 72 222 6
T-19 Daniel Wetterich 71 74 74 219 3
T-103 Caleb Ramirez 77 73 81 231 15
T-129 Will Voetsch 77 81 78 236 20
T-66 Laken Hinton 77 71 78 226 10
To Par 9 8 14 31

 

Hole By Hole Scoring

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The Buckeyes began play on hole #1.

Daniel

Daniel started the third round in good shape, sitting at +1 through six holes. He stumbled over his last three holes, played them in +4 and made the turn in 41 (+5). He flipped the switch on the back nine with birdies on three of his first four holes. Daniel closed out his round with five consecutive pars for a nine of 33 (-3) and a round of 74 (+2). His back nine of 33 tied his first round score for best score by a Buckeye this week.

Through three rounds, Daniel averaged 2.92 (-1) on the par-3s, 4.20 (+6) on the par-4s and 4.83 (-2) on the par-5s. He had 1 eagle, 8 birdies and 33 pars.

Will G

Will chattered through his first four holes with two birdies and two bogeys. He settled in by playing his remaining five holes in -1 to make the turn at 35 (-1). On his back nine, Will was +1 through five holes before cruising into the clubhouse with four consecutive pars and a nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 72 (E)..

Will averaged 3.00 (E) on the par-3s, 4.27 (+8) on the par-4s and 4.83 (-2) on the par-5s. He’s had 12 birdies and 27 pars.

Caleb

Caleb had a bad front nine and a worse back nine, despite stretches of good play. Although he had seven pars on the front nine, his double bogeys on holes #2 and #3 put him at 40 (+4) at the turn. After a par on the 10th hole, Caleb’s back nine went to hell. Over the next four holes, Caleb was +7 as he took himself out of team scoring. He did have a strong finish with three birdies and a bogey in his closing four holes, but it was too little to help. He came in with a back nine of 41 (+5) and a round of 81 (+9).

Caleb averaged 3.17 (+2) on the par-3s, 4.43 (+13) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. Caleb’s had 11 birdies and 25 pars.

Will V

Will opened play with a double bogey, then completed his front nine with 2 birdies, 4 pars and two bogeys to make the turn at 38 (+2). He started his back nine with four consecutive pars, but played his closing five holes in +4 for a back nine of 40 (+4) and a round of 78 (+6).

Will averaged 3.17 (+2) on the par-3s, 4.60 (+18) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s.  Will has had 6 birdies and 29 pars.

Laken

Laken had 16 holes of good golf, going +2 in those stretches. He struggled to start, being +3 through two holes, then completed his front nine with another bogey to make the turn at 40 (+4). Laken opened his back nine with seven consecutive pars before double bogeying the par-4 16th hole. He finished with consecutive pars for a nine of 38 (+2) and a round of 78 (+4).

Laken averaged 3.00 (E) on the par-3s, 4.30 (+9) on the par-4s and 5.06 (+1) on the par-5s. He’s had 6 birdie and 36 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.

  Eagle Birdie Par Bogey +2 +3
1 1 16 47 20 6 0
2 0 15 50 19 5 1
3 0 12 54 16 7 1
Total 1 43 151 55 18 2

 

Comments

This was an exasperating round. They began the round comfortably within the top 15 and just inside the top 8., based on two very solid rounds of team golf. Then they goddamned  blew the tournament with some shoddy play. This is a tough course, but 8 double bogeys and a triple bogey are not good golf. Fortunately, some other teams struggled to enable to Ohio State to grind out a top-15 performance.

Fortunately, they are in position, with a good round, to move into the top 8 and the match play portion. Once they get to match play, there chances are not much different than anyone else’s. So, top 8 it is!

Through three rounds, the field averaged 75.92 strokes. Ohio State’s five golfers averaged 75.6 strokes.

Up Next

Round four is scheduled for Monday.

Go Buckeyes!