(image courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, tournament information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, scoring and stats courtesy Golfstat)

Ohio State tied its Friday morning match against Nebraska, 3-3. Unfortunately, Ohio State lost the tiebreaker (number of holes won) to Nebraska, 9-8. In the Friday afternoon session, they took down Wisconsin 4-0-2. The Nebraska “loss” knocked them out championship contention, but there was still the Saturday afternoon match against Michigan.

The format is match play, with each team represented by six players. Ohio State is represented by; Felix Kvarnstrom, Patrick Schmucking, Grant Engle, Kevin Stone, Laken Hinton and Jackson Chandler.

Here’s the Michigan match summary:

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Here are the hole-by hole results:

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Round 3 vs University of Michigan

Felix Kvarntrom (started on hole #11)

Felix won his match against Brent Ito 6&5. As the score indicates, this was a pretty thorough beat-down. Through eight holes, Felix was 3-up and through twelve holes was 5-up with six to play, a very enviable position. Felix put Brent out of his misery with a birdie on the 13th hole of the match, then had a nice early walk back to the clubhouse.

Patrick Schmucking (#11)

Patrick won his match against Charlie Pilon 1-up. This one was a bit closer. Through 10 holes, Patrick had a 1-up lead. He brifly held a 2-up through the next three holes before Charlie won two of the next four holes to aquare the match with one hole to play.  Patrick won the match with a prety damned dramatic birdie-3 on the last hole.

Grant Engle (#12)

Grant won his match against Henry Spring 2&1. This was a close match that had a bit of ebb and flow to it. Grant held a 1-up lead through three holes.  Henry tied the match on the 4th hole and they were all square (AS) through eight holes of play. Henry birdied the next hole and held a 1-up lead through fourteen holes. Grant parred the next two holes to take a 1-up lead with two holes to play. Grant ended the match witha birdie on the par-5 10th hole to win, 2&1.

Kevin Stone (#12)

Kevin won his match against Ben Dunne 3&2. This match was AS through five holes. Kevin went birdir-par to claim the next to holes and was 2-up afer seven holes. The match went to 1-up until Kevin parred the 6th hole to regain the 2-up lead through thirteen holes. Matching pars moved the match to the 16 hole of the contest with Kevin still 2-up. Kevin’s birdie on that hole earned him the win, 3&2.

Laken Hinton (#13)

Laken won his match against Pier Francesco De Col 5&3. Laken was actually 1-dn through seven holes. A birdie on the next hole squared the match. Laken birdied the next four holes to take a 4-up lead with five holes to play. After matching 5s on the next hole, Laken was dormie-4. Although making a bogey on the next hole, he still won the hole and closed out the match 5&3.

Jackson Chandler (#13)

Jackson lost his match against Patrick Sullivan 1-down. After six holes, Jackson was 3-dn. On the 9th hole, 15th hole of the match, Jackson’s par brought him to with 1-dn. Both players had match 4s on the next two holes and the match went to the final hole, the long par-3 12th hole with Jackson stil 1-dn. Both players parred the final hole and the match ended with jackson 1-dn.

Here are match results for the players for all three rounds:

  • Felix Kvarnstrom was 3-0-0
  • Patrick Schmucking was 3-0-0
  • Grant Engle was 1-1-1
  • Kevin Stone was 1-1-1
  • Laken Hinton was 2-1-0
  • Jackson Chandler was 2-1-0

The Buckeyes finished three rounds of match play 12-4-2.

Comments:

I thought Ohio State played some really good golf this weekend. For the team, it was a “what the hell just happened?!” experience. I compared Ohio State’s record to the two finalists, Northwestern and Penn State. Through the first three matches, both Northwestern and Penn State were 3-0 while Ohio State was, in effect, 2-1.

Looking at individul match results and the story is a bit different. Northweatern’s tally was 11-5-2 and Penn State’s was 9-5-4. Ohio State’s was 12-4-2. I’m sure the Buckeyes were disappointed not to have an opportunity to defend their title, but they did acquit themselves very well. Certainly a positive to take away from the weekend.

Next Up

The Buckeyes head to Rio Mar, Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Classic. The event i schedlued February 16 – February 18..