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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.