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OSU Men’s Golf: Carmel Cup, R2

 

(Photo courtesy of golf.wikia. Tournament stats courtesy of ohiostatebuckees.com and Golfstat.com)

The Buckeyes had an impressive improvement (12 strokes) to shoot a team score of 354 (-6) to bring their two round total to even par team score of 720. They remained in 8th place, but the point, to me anyway, is that this young team collected itself and made an impressive improvement from their round 1 score.

Round 2

Ohio State ended the day, again, in 8th place, shooting a team score of -6, 354. On average, all teams improved their scoring in the 2nd round; the other seven participants by an average of 7 strokes from day 1 to day 2. The Buckeyes improved 12 shots. Although it didn’t move them up in the standings, this marked improvement is certainly something Coaches Moseley and Smith can build upon.

The Buckeyes (teeing off on hole #1, again) had a very good front 9 with sub-par rounds shot by Jed Coughlin III (32), Addison Coll (34) and Will Grimmer (34). Daniel Wetterich shot even par 36, Caden Orewiler a 37 and Josh Wick a 38. The team score on the front 9 was a very good -7 to par.

On the back nine, Grimmer (34), Coughlin III (35) and Orewiler (35) led with sub-par scores. Wick (36) and Wetterich (37) had solid back nines. Coll (43) did not.

Here’s the two-round scoring for Ohio State:

Carmel Cup 72 72
Par 72 Rd 1 Rd 2
Team 366 354
Addison Coll 77 77
Josh Wick 72 74
Will Grimmer 74 68
Daniel Wetterich 80 73
Jeg Couglin III 74 67
Caden Orewiler 69 72
6 -6

Addison Coll

Addison had a great start, birdieing holes #2 (for second consecutive day) and #7 to shoot a great -2 (34) on the front nine. However, similar to Fridays first round, he ran into trouble on the back nine with a +7 43. This goosed his score to a 77, which was not included in the round’s team score.

Josh Wick

Josh shot a +2 (74) which was included in the team score. This could have been a bit better, too. He played 17 wonderful holes of golf, going -1 in that stretch. The problem was a triple bogey 6 on the par-3 5th hole. That one hurt. However, Josh did bounce back to birdie the very next hole, so he recovered very nicely.

Will Grimmer

Will really kicked it into gear in the 2nd round. He scored 6 birdies (3 on each side) and 2 bogeys (one on each side) enroute to a -4 (68). Will finished with a bit of dash by birdieing the closing two holes. His 68 went a long ways toward the team score.

Jeg Coughlin III

Jeg was absolutely en fuego in the 2nd round.He had 4 birdies in a five hole stretch (holes #2-#5) and 2 more birdies on the back nine for a -5 (67) round. Obviously, this round counted towards the team score. Just for some context, Jeg’s 4 front nine birdies were about how many I get in four rounds. He got is in a span of a little more than an hour; me, uh quite a bit longer…

Dan Wetterich

Dan alternated bogeys/birdies in his first four holes, then parred out the front nine. Although he double bogeyed #10, Dan finished the last eight holes in -1 to par for a very solid round of 73, which counted toward the team score. After getting scorched on the back nine during his first round, Dan seemingly forgot the Friday nonsense and played good golf over the same stretch of holes on Saturday.

Caden Orewiler

Caden mixed in 4 birdies and 4 bogeys for his even par score of 72. Not a bad start at all. In his first two rounds as a Buckeye, he has recorded 9 birdies and 6 bogeys and the balance as pars. Nothing worse than bogey goes a long way to keep a “clean” scorecard.His round of 72 contributed to the team score.

Wrap up

Overall, the team had an exceptional round of golf. There were still stretches of “not that good” golf, but overall I think the team worked around and improved on most of the shortcomings of their first round. I think they need to clean up the ‘big’ numbers (double bogeys and worse) and I bet that coaches Moseley and Smith are working on a remedy. The encouraging thing is that this team showed some impressive firepower and weren’t afraid to “go low” as their 24 2nd round birdies indicate.

The six Buckeyes had 24 birdies, 12 bogeys, 4 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the 3rd round recap and closing thoughts. Thanks for stopping in, I hope to see you tomorrow.

Go Buckeyes!

OSUMen’s Golf: Carmel Cup, R1

Coaches Moseley and Smith led the “new look” men’s golf team to Pebble Beach this weekend to participate in the eight team Carmel Cup, played at storied Pebble Beach Golf Links.

From the Ohio State Athletics web site, here’s the profile of the event:

Name: The Carmel Cup
Live Scoring: Golfstat
Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, Calif.)
Yardage: 6,828 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 6, count 5 – 54 holes

Here are the eight teams participating in the Carmel Cup. The number next to the team name is their Golfstat national ranking.

Arkansas #18, Georgia #6,Ohio State, Oklahoma #14, Oklahoma State #5, TCU #35, Texas Tech #33, Vanderbilt #4

You’ll notice that Ohio State is the only non-ranked team. A high finish will be a steep hill to climb for the Buckeyes, but I do want to credit the Staff for jumping into the deep end of the pool right away. Measuring their play, in the first event of the season, is a good way for the young Buckeyes to get  sense of where they stand as the season goes forward.

Just so we’re clear on the “play 6, count 5” format: six players participate for each team. The low five scores for each round are calculated into the overall team score.

The team is “new look” because seven of the eleven person squad are freshmen, redshirt freshmen, or sophomores. Of the six Buckeyes that are teeing it up at Pebble Beach, four are freshmen (Caden Orewiler, Jeg Couglin III) of sophomores (Will Grimmer, Daniel Wetterich).

So much for the set-up, now on to golf.

Round 1

Ohio State ended the day in 8th place, shooting a team score of +6, 366.

The Buckeyes (teeing off on hole #1) had a very good front 9 with sub-par 35’s shot by Addison Coll and Caden Orewiler. Daniel Wetterich shot an even par 36. He was followed by Josh Wick (37), Jeg Coughlin III (38) and Will Grimmer (39).

However, the back nine turned, in both directions, for the Buckeyes. Orewiler (34), Wick (35), Grimmer (35), and Coughlin III (36) improved their scores. Coll (42) and Wetterich (44) did not.

Addison Coll

Addison had a great start, birdieing holes #2 and #3 to quickly get to -2 on his way to a front 9 5 (-1). His back 9 went sideways, however, with a double bogey on hole #11 and a triple bogey on #14. His round of 77 (+5) did count for team score.

 

Josh Wick

Took the drama out of scoring in his round. He had 2 bogeys, 2 birdies and 14 pars on the day. That is a pretty smooth round of golf. His round of 72 went towards the team score.

 

Will Grimmer

Will wandered around the front 9 with 3 bogeys and a respectable 39 (+3). He found his footing with a well played 35 (-1) on the back 9. His 74 (+2) went towards the team score.

 

Jeg Coughlin III

Jeg had a bad start, double bogeying his 1st hole, but immediately stabilized the patient by playing par golf over the next 17 holes for a very nice round of 74 (+2), which contributed to the team score.

 

Dan Wetterich

Dan had a great start to the round with an eagle 3 on the par-5 2nd hole. He made the turn at even par 36. However, the back 9 went to hell with Dan suffering through double bogeys on holes #10 – #13. He settled down and played par golf over his final 5 holes, but the damage had been done early in the back 9.

 

Caden Orewiler

Caden had a damn good start to his collegiate career at a world class course. He had only 2 bogeys but scored 5 birdies for his round, including a birdie on the iconic par-5 #18 hole. His team leading 69 (-3) obviously contributed to the team score.

Wrap up

Overall, the young team did well, I thought. There were a couple stretches of play where their games got away from them, but they managed to recover and finish the round with solid play

The six Buckeyes had 1 eagle (thank you Mr. Wetterich), 14 birdies, 15 bogeys, 6 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey.

I’ll be back later with 2nd round recap. Thanks for stopping in.

Go Buckeyes!

Here We Go!

Welcome to the BuffaloBuckeye site. Starting this site has been simmering for several months, after I retired from the Buckeye Battlecry (tBBC) in early summer, more on that, below.

I’m one transplant that fortunately ‘took’; I’m a native Ohioan who has lived in western New York since the mid-70’s. I’ve always been a fan of sports in Ohio; particularly the Browns, the Indians, the Cavaliers… and of course, the Buckeyes.  Since moving to the Buffalo area, I’ve acquired the tastes of their teams as well, specifically the Bills and the University of Buffalo Bulls.

My approach with this site is to offer commentary on the Ohio and Buffalo teams from a former participant’s perspective, from a fan’s perspective, and with humor. Yes, we’re sports fans because sports are important, to most of us, in our lives. But, I think that sports is more important for the participants, not so much for the observers.

My style will be “conversational”; after all, we’re telling a narrative, a story. Our ancestors had likely been sitting around telling stories since their time in the Neander Valley 400,000 years ago, and probably for hundreds of thousands of years earlier on the plains of East Africa. It’s who we are.

That will be my general tone. I’ll also include some updates on events at The James (link). I’ve long considered it the crown jewel in the Ohio State University system. Of course, I’ll include occasional opinion pieces on events of general interest, just to add a bit of variety..

Before I get too deep in the quagmire of blogging, I’d like to acknowledge several people and the invaluable support and friendship they’ve provided that has lead up to this. I’d like to thank Chuck Strawn, Eric Gingrich and Joe Dexter for their patience, advice, guidance and friendship while I was at tBBC site. In my three and one-half years at tBBC, I cranked out quite a few articles, and none of it would have been possible without their support.

I’d also like to acknowledge the guidance and support of Dave Thurman and Drew Thurman of the old The Silver Bullet site. They had the faith to bring me in as a writer and opened my eyes to what was needed to do this type of effort.

Dave, Drew, Chuck, Eric, Joe… thank you.

 

Finally, I’d like to thank my parents for instilling in me the love of reading and writing and never being shy about expressing a well thought-out opinion.

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