(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 Buckeyes shot a round of 291 (+3) which gave them a three round total of 882 (+18). This tied them for 13th place.
The Buckeyes were led in third round scoring by Patrick Schmucking’s and Grant Engle’s 72s (E). Jackson Chandler had a 73 (+1), Felix Kvarnstrom a 74 (+2) and Kevin Stone a 78 (+6).
The three round scoring total had Felix at 215 (-1), Grant at 222 (+6), Patrick and Jackson at (+7) and Kevin at (+18).
Through the three two rounds, Felix finished T-28, Grant T-50, Patrick T-54, Jackson T-54 and Kevin T-71 in the 75 player field.
|Puerto Rico Classic||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
Felix began his round on the 16th hole with a par. After three holes, he was -1. So far, so good. His next five hole stretch was played in +5. Two birdies (holes #6, #7) and a bogey later and Felix was +3 with six holes to play. Felix parred five of the holes and birdied the par-4, 12th to finish at +2.
Overall, a good round by Felix. For the second consecutive round, his four birdies tied for team high and his only blemish was a double bogey.
Patrick began his round on the 17th hole with a par, where he would be after three holes. Consecutive bogeys on #2 and #3 put him at +2, but he played the next five holes in -1 to get to +1 with eight holes to play. After 15 holes, Patrick was +3, but he closed with a flourish with three consecutive birdies (!) to finish his round a level par.
Patrick had a solid closing round. Any round par or better to end a tournament is a good one. His four birdies tied for team high and he had no score higher than bogey.
Kevin began his round on the 18th hole with a bogey and pretty much played mix-n-match with par and bogey golf for the next ten holes. with six holes to play, Kevin was +5. He came down his closing stretch with four consecutive pars and a birdie (#16) before a closing double-bogey got him to the clubhouse with a round of +6
Kevin was consistent, if nothing else. There just weren’t enough birdies (6) to offset the ‘other’ scores (5) to drive Kevin’s scores low. Just a couple tweaks, and thins will be fine.
Jackson had two very different nines. He opened play on hole #16 with a par and played par golf for the next two hours, sitting at level par through eight holes. Things got exciting over the next six holes with scores that ranged from birdie to double bogey; Jackson emerged off the 11th green at +3. He closed out his final four holes by bracketing birdies on #13 and #14 with pars to finish at +1.
Jackson had 15 holes of par or better in his final round. He clearly was striking the ball well on Tuesday.
Grant began his round on the 17th hole with a par which was followed by two bogeys. He went on a tear by parring his next nine holes to sit at +2 through 12 holes. Birdies on #11 and #15 brought him to level par and Grant parred his final hole for a round of level par.
Grant had a great turnaround in this event. After barely breaking 80 in the opening round, he played the next two rounds in combined -1 to par. His third round had a team next 16 holes of par or better. If you’re not giving strokes back to par, you’ll score well.
Here’s hole by hole
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Here’s the scoring summary:
In round three, Ohio State played the par-3s in 3.00, E to par. For the tournament, they did it in 3.13, +8. They played the par-4s to 4.24, +12 to par and 4.19 (+28) for the event. They played the par-5s to 4.85, -3 to par and 5.02 (+1) for the event. The scoring difference between the second and the third rounds was essentially one double bogey – a single hole.
The field averaged 72.89 strokes. Ohio State averaged 73.8.
A very solid final round. Really, other than their dicey opening round, the Buckeyes played two good rounds of golf to open the Spring stroke play schedule.
Play improved a the tournament progressed, which is a good building block for balance of the season.
The Buckeyes go to the Colleton River Club in Bluffton, SC to participate in the Colleton River Collegiate. The event is scheduled for Monday March 2 – Tuesday March 3.