(image courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, tournament information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, scoring and stats courtesy Golfstat)
With the Big Ten Match Play out of the way, the Buckeyes head to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Classic.
The course is the Rio Mar River Course. It is set up at 6,902 yards and plays to par 72. It has a slope of 74.5 and a rrating of 135. This is a fairly stiff test of golf.
Play 5, count 4
This is a fifteen team field. Below are the participants and their current Golfstat ranking:
#50 Alabama, #23 Clemson, Charleston, East Carolina, #18 Georgia, #3 Georgia Tech, Iowa, Maryland, Marquette, North Carolina State, Ohio State, #2 Oklahoma, Purdue, #34 Mississippi, #27 Tennessee
1. Felix Kvarnstrom
2. Patrick Schmucking
3. Kevin Stone
4. Jackson Chandler
5. Grant Engle
The opening round didn’t go well – at all. They played the round in 303 (+15) placing them firmly in 15th place. No Buckeye was able to really get his game on track. On the bright side, this should free up their swings for the next two rounds and they should play the way they are capable of playing.
The Buckeyes were led in scoring by Felix Kvarnstrom’s 72 (E). He was followed by Jackson Chandler 76 (+4), Patrick Schmucking 77 (+5), Kevin Stone 78 (+6) and Grant Engle 79 (+7).
Felix finished the round T28 in the 75 player field. Jackson finished T57, Patrick T61, Kevin T66 and Grant T70.
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Felix began his round on the 8th hole. After opening with two bogeys. Felix birdied 3 of 6 holes to dip into red numbers. A closing bogey on the tough (3rd toughest hole) par-3 7th hole brought home back to level par.
Overall, a pretty solid round by Felix. His five birdies led the team and he ad nothing higher than a bogey.
Patrick began his round on the 9th hole with a bogey. He played the next seven holes in -1 and stood at level par though eight holes. After a bogey on 17, things got dicey with a triple bogey on #18, pushing Patrick to +4 on the round. He rebounded with a birdie on the tough (4th toughest hole) 422 yard par-4 2nd hole abd a birdie on #5 to get back to +2. Patrick played his final three holes in +3 to finish at +5.
Patrick was a bit streaky in this round. He had an early round stretch of -1 for seven holes and a late round stretch of -2 for five holes.
Kevin began his round on the 9th hole with a par, followed by two more pars, then consecutive birdies on holes #12 – #14. Through six holes, Kevin was at -3! He played the next seven holes in +3 to move to level par. His next four holes were played to +3 before a triple bogey on the toughest hole on the course, the 547 yard par-5 8th hole, pushing him to +6 for the round.
Kevin got off to a dream start, but mistakes on his back nine killed him. Still, he can build on his opening play for tomorrow.
Jackson began his round on the 10th hole with a par and two birdies (#12, #15) later was at -1 through six holes. At that point, Jackson pretty much alternated par-bogey. He closed with a par on the long 466-yard par-4, 9th hole to finish at +6 for the day.
Although Jackson’s six bogeys were the most on the team, he kept it somewhat clean with no score higher than bogey. And, his two birdied did help the effort.
Grant began his round on the 11th hole with a par (always a nice start) and parred six of his next seven holes to sit at +1 through eight holes. The back nine went awry with three consecutive bogeys to move Grant to +4. Two pars stabilized the patient, but a double-bogey then bogey moved Grant to +7 and out of team scoring range. Grant righted the ship a bit with three closing pars to finish the day at +7.
Grant was “high Buckeye”, but it was more to his inability to make birdies (he had none) than anything. His 12 pars led the Buckeyes, so there was evidence of strong play. Something good to build upon for tomorrow.
Here’s hole by hole
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Here’s the scoring summary:
The bright spot for Ohio State was their par-3 play. They played the short holes in 3.10, +2 to par which ranked them T4th in the field. They played the par-4s to 4.24, +12 to par and the par-5s to 5.40, +5 to par, both last in the field. They had 49 pars (12th) and 13 birdies (10th).
The field averaged 73.3 strokes. Ohio State averaged 76.4.
Welp, that was a disappointing round. They are 22 strokes out of first place, so OSU isn’t doing to win this thing. In fact, they may not get out of the basement. They are 8 strokes behind East Carolina, who played short-handed when a player WD.
The good news is, the team can put away thoughts of a high finish and re-focus on swing/game fundamentals. Sometimes blowing up a round can clear your mind to progress to where you should be playing. If noting else, this should free them up mentally to put together two solid final rounds and give them a good basis for the next event.
Round two is Monday. Go Buckeyes.