(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 opened its 100th season in Toledo, OH for the Inverness Intercollegiate, played at the Inverness Club. It is a three round event with 36 holes scheduled for Monday, September 23rd and 18 holes on Tuesday, September 24th.
Course: The Inverness Club course is set up at 7,172 yards and to a par of 71. The course was designed by designer extraordinaire Donald Ross. The rating/slope is 75.9/144. At my course (70.2/113, 6.412 yd) with my Index of 10.7, I would be an 11 handicap. At Inverness, I’d be a 14. This course is about 500 yards too long for me, so who knows what I’d really need?
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: This is a 15 team field.
Auburn, Kennesaw State, Kent State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, St. Mary’s, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Toledo, UNC-Wilmington
Ohio State lineup
1. Felix Kvarnstrom – GTr
2. Grant Engle – So
3. Kevin Stone – Jr
4. Jackson Chandler -Fr
5. Patrick Schmucking – Fr
Ind. Laken Hinton – Jr
The Buckeyes shot the 3rd best score of the final round to finish in 6th place at the Inverness Intercollegiate. Their three round scores of 298-294-284 = 872 placed them 1 stroke in front of Auburn and 4 strokes behind Michigan State and LSU.
The Buckeyes were led by Felix Kvarnstrom’s 214 (+1). Kevin Stone and Patrick Schmucking shot 221 (+8). Grant Engle scored a 225 (+12) and Jackson Chandler a 227 (+14).
In Individual play, Laken Hinton scored a 228 (+15) to finish in T-57th place.
Felix finished T-4th in the 90 player field. Kevin and Patrick were T-32nd, Grant T-46th and Jackson T-54th.
|Pos||Inverness Intercollegiate||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|T-57||Laken Hinton (I)||77||79||72||228||15|
|Round To Par||14||10||0||24||24|
Felix sort of felt his way around the course in his opening round, got very comfortable in his 2nd round with “a couple birdies, a couple bogeys”. He absolutely flogged the course, particularly the back nine, in his 3rd round. In his final round, he was +2 through six, He finished his final 12 holes in -5 to par; 1 eagle, 3 birdies and 8 pars. Good god, what a close-out to a round. His highlight moment came on the 387 yard, par-4 10th hole when he holed out his approach shot for an eagle 2.
Felix averaged 3.22 on the par-3s, a field leading 3.97 on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. He had 1 eagle, 7 birdies and 37 pars.
Grant took a couple rounds to get a feel for the course. In each of is first two rounds, he had 7 bogeys. His 3 birdies in the first round helped, but with that many bogeys, the game is just off a bit. Grant sharpened things up quite a bit in his final round. He was +2 through 13 holes, then strung 4 birdies together. He culminated his round by holing out his approach shot on the 387 yard par-4 18th for an eagle 2. That one shot moved Grant up 10 spots in the final standings.
Grant averaged 3.22 on the par-3s, 4.26 on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. He had 1 eagle, 5 birdies and 30 pars.
Kevin was the poster boy for my philosophy that “par is your friend”. His 39 pars were 2nd in the field and only one from the top spot. He made only 4 birdies, but that’s okay because he was busy making pars. Although the scorecard looks more stress-free than it probably played, in Kevin’s 1st and 3rd rounds, he played 31 of 36 holes in par or better.
Kevin averaged 3.56 on the par-3s, 4.10 on the par-4s and 4.83 on the par-5s. He had 4 birdies and his 39 pars were T-2nd overall.
Jackson had an even-keeled tournament – his three rounds were all within 1 stroke of each other. He had a double bogey in the first and third rounds, but that aside, played pretty decent golf. In Jackson’s opening round, he had 11 holes of par-or-better. He had 12 holes of p-o-b in each of his final two rounds. I think he’s developing a good base for improvement through the season.
Jackson averaged 3.56 on the par-3s, 4.21 on the par-4s and 5.17 on the par-5s. He had 7 birdies and 28 pars.
Patrick had some mid-round issues in his opening round, but finished with 5 consecutive pars to save his round. He got through the mid-round in his 2nd round with little incident, and, again, finished with 5 consecutive pars. His final round score of 72 mirrored the 2nd round, but was more exciting. He was -1 through two holes before a triple bogey on the par-3 3rd hole. Patrick took care of business with 4 birdies in his next 7 holes.
Patrick averaged 3.33 on the par-3s, 4.15 on the par-4s and 4.83 on the par-5s. He had 9 birdies and 31 pars.
Laken had rounds of 77-79-72+228. He wandered around a bit on his 2nd round by shooting 9 bogeys and 1 birdie. Laken’s play was off the charts in his final round wit an eagle and 14 par. Fifteen holes of par or better is pretty damn impressive.
Laken averaged 3.56 on the par-3s, 4.28 on the par-4s and 4.83 on the par-5s. He had one eagle, 2 birdies and 34 pars.
Stats & Stuff
The stats are for the team competition only. Oho State played the par-3s to 3.38 (+17) to place T-12th in that category. They played the par-4s in 4.14 (+27) to place 3rd and the par-5s in 4.97 (-1) T-11 in that category.
Their 2 eagles (Felix, Grant) lead the field. Their 32 birdies were 7th overall and their 165 pars were also 7th. They led the field in pars (61) but were last in birdies (3).
Here’s how the scoring broke out for Ohio State.
This was a very encouraging finish to the season opening tournament. They steadily improved their scores round-upon-round. They had no team score higher than double bogey, and only six of those. That’s quite an accomplishment. They had a modest (4 strokes) improvement from 1st round to 2nd round. This was followed by an impressive 10 stroke improvement in the 3rd round. In fact, if nothing else changed (bear with me) and the Buckeyes had put together three rounds of 284, they would have won.
The Buckeyes will be in North Plains, OR for the Nike Collegiate Invitational. Dates are Sunday, September 29th – Tuesday October 1st. The venue is Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.