(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.
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:
|Par 72||Rd 1||Rd 2|
|Jeg Couglin III||74||67|
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 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 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 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 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.
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.