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tBBC OSUMG: Buckeyes 9th after First Round in B1G Championships


OSUMG: Buckeyes 9th after First Round in B1G Championships
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(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletic Department. This pic will have more meaning at a later time)

(Event scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.com)

The Buckeyes returned to Indiana, Newburgh, this week for the Big Ten Championship, played Friday through Sunday. The site is the Victoria National Golf Course, a 7,465 yard, par 72 layout. It has a USGA course rating of 77 and a slope of 148. In addition to the length, the other focus will be on accuracy; water hazards come into play on 1t of the 18 holes. (The highest slope rating assigned by the USGA is 155. With a rating of 148, VNGC is a very tough course. )

The schedule is for a three day, three round, 54 hole event. The format is ‘play five count four’, where a school fields 5 players, and the low 4 scores for each round are counted.

This is a fourteen team field, with four teams ranked in the Top-50 by Golfstat: #3 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, #42 Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, #31 Penn State, #32 Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

The participating players participating were: Will Grimmer, Tee-k Kelly, Clark Engle, Josh Wick and Grant Weaver. This has been the core lineup for coaches Moseley and Smith for most of the season.

First Round

The Buckeyes got solid performances from Will Grimmer and Josh Wick. The youth played well in the opening round. By the end of the round, the team score of 298 (+10) had them in 9th place.

The Buckeyes were led by Will Grimmer 70 (-2). and Josh Wick 74 (+2). Tee-k Kelly 76 (+4) and Grant Weaver 78 (+6) contributed to the team score. Clark Engle shot a 79 (+7) to round out the team scoring.

The Buckeyes had an up and down round. In their first six holes, their team score was -3 to par, driven by Tee-K Kelly’s round of -3 to that point! Their middle 6 holes was not well played at all, with the team score recording a +12 to par. However, they finished strong, with their final 6 holes showing a team score of +1. That’s a pretty good rebound stretch.

Player scores, below:

Big Ten Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 298 0 0 298 -566
Will Grimmer 70 0 0 70 -146
Tee-k Kelly 76 0 0 76 -140
Clark Engle 79 0 0 79 -137
Josh Wick 74 0 0 74 -142
Grant Weaver 78 0 0 78 -138
To Par 10 0 0 0 0

Will had a very efficient front 9, 1 birdie/8 pars, then finished with consecutive birdies for his round of -2. The score placed him in a T-6th place in overall scoring.

Josh had an OK start of +3 on his front 9, then played his last 6 holes in -2 for another strong finish. When you finish a round like Will and Josh, you want to get right back out onto the course.

Tee-K was unconscious in his first hour (or so) of play, shooting 3 birdies in his first 6 holes! (Good god!) However, a double bogey on #17 and a triple on #1 put the brakes to an otherwise tremendous round of golf.

Grant was +2 on his front nine, but ran into a stretch of back-9 bogeys to muddle up his round. However, he did finish with a birdie on his last hole.

Clark birdied his first hole, but had stretched where par putts wouldn’t drop. His score wasn’t up to his standards. Expect it to be Saturday.

Ohio State started extremely well, hit a wall for about an hour and a half, then finished on a very positive note. The six Buckeyes played the 18th hole in an aggregate of -1 (birdies by Grimmer, Wick, Weaver) to end the 1st round. I think this is a good momentum builder for the 2nd round. he young “kids” (Grimmer.Wick) are plying with confidence and the upperclassmen (Engle,Kelly, Weaver) have a good handle on recovering from a so-so round. U think they’ll settle in for a good round Saturday.

The Buckeyes put together a first round comprised of 11 birdies, 56 pars, 19 bogeys, 3 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey.

Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.35, 7 over par, ranking 11th. They played the par 4’s to an average of 4,28, +14 to par, ranking them T-8th. They played the par 5’s to an average of 4.80, -4 to par, ranking them 4th.

Ohio State had 56 pars, ranking them 3rd, but only 11 birdies, ranking the 13th.

On to the 2nd round…

Go Buckeyes!

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