(image courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, tournament information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, scoring and stats courtesy Golfstat)
The Spring Schedule tees it up at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL on Friday and Saturday for the annual Big Ten Match Play Championship. The course plays to 6,981 yards and to a par of 72. Par won’t really matter, since this is match play. Ohio State has a tough act to follow: they convincingly won this event last year. Every school but Illinois fielded a team for this event.
Obviously, the format is match play, with each team represented by six players. Ohio State is represented by; Felix Kvarnstrom, Patrick Schmucking, Grant Engle, Kevin Stone, Laken Hinton and Jackson Chandler.
Ohio State tied its Friday morning match against Nebraska, 3-3. Unfortunately, Ohio State lost the tiebreaker (number of holes won) to Nebraska, 9-8.
In the Friday afternoon match they Wisconsin.
Here’s the Nebraska match summary:
Here are the hole-by hole results:
Round 1 vs Nebraska
Felix won his match against Tanner Owen 4&3. Felix won the opening hole and held a 2-up lead at the turn. Felix won the thirteenth hole of play with a par to go to 3-up with five to play – a pretty good situation. Two holes later, a par on the par-5 6th hole (15th hole of the round) earned Felix the 4-up lead with three to play, and the match.
Patrick won his match against Branden Meyer 2-up. Beginning the match on hole#10, Herr Schmucking birdied two of the first four holes to take a very early 3-up lead. Down three holes with four toe play, Meyer won the next two holes and the players halved the 17th hole of the match. Teeing off the final hole dormie 1, Patrick won the hole, and carded a 2-up win.
Grant lost his match against Tom Westenberger 2-up. Beginning on hole #1, the match was even through four holes and Grand held a 2-up lead at the turn. Westenberger mounted a comeback to tie the match through 15 holes. He took the lead on the 16th hole and held a 1-up lead heading to #18. He edged Grant by 1 stroke and claimed the match, 2-up.
Kevin lost his match against Mark Foelbaek 4&2. Beginning on hole #11, Kevin struggled to get the ball in the hole and was 4-down at the turn – not good. Kevin made a bit of comeback and was down 3 with 3 to play. However, Foelbaek’s birdie on the 16th hole ended the match.
Laken lost his match against Caleb Badura 3&1. Beginning on the 12th hole, they tied with pars and that was about as good as things got for Laken. He was down-2 at the turn and the match remained that way through 16 holes. Laken lost the 17th hole and the match.
Jackson won his match against Daniel Pearson 2&1. Beginning on the 12th hole, Jackson had a 2-up lead at the turn. Pearson tied the match by the 12th hole, to have Jackson take the lead on the 13th hole. With Jackson was dormie-2, both players haled the 17th hole to give Jackson the 2&1 win.
This is what I expected for the first match of the season. A bit of rust to be shaken off, for all teams really, but very solid, competitive golf was the order of the day. Both teams played well and there were several matches where a hole here or there could have changed the match. This was great spectator golf.
Round 2 versus Wisconsin
Ohio State rolled Wisconsin 4-0-2 in the afternoon session. Due to a need to get the matches completed during daylight, the afternoon matches were scheduled for 14 holes rather than 18. Here is the match summary:
Here are the hole-by hole results:
Felix won his match against Sam Anderson 4&2. Beginning play on the 16th hole, that match was tied through five holes. At that point, Felix put the screws to Sam by winning the 6th and 7th holes to go 2-up and was dormie-3 after 11 holes. A birdie on the next hole closed out the match with a 4&2 in favor of Felix. In the twelve holes played, Felix had six 3s and six 4s. That’s some fine golf.
Patrick won his match against Griffin Barela 2-up. Beginning on the 16th hole, this match was closely played. Herr Schmucking regained a 2-up lead on the 12th hole but had the match go to dormie on the 13th. Patrick’s birdie on the final hole closed out the match, 2-up.
Grant halved his match with Nick Robinson. Beginning on the 17th hole, Grant was 3-down after for holes. Not a good start. He rallied to win 3 of the next 5 holes to square the match after nine holes. After thirteen holes, Grant was 1-down, but a birdie on the final hole halved the match for the Buckeyes.
Kevin halved his match against Coalter Smith. Beginning on the 17th hole, he held a 2-up lead through 11 holes, but the natch slipped away from him. Coalter won the next two holes to even the contest and both players had matching 3s to end the match in a half.
Laken won his match against Peter Kuhl 2&1. Beginning on the 18th hole, Laken and Peter had a hell of a match going. Through ten holes, the match was even. In the next two holes, Laken went 4-3 to Peter’s 5-5 and Laken was dormie-2. Matching 4s on the next hole ended the match in Laken’s favor, 2&1.
Jackson won his match against Sebastian Iqbal 4&3. Beginning on the 18th hole, he was 2-up through four holes and 6-up through eight holes, and be dormie-8. Sebastian won the next two holes to pull within 4-down. Matching 5s on the 11th hole sealed the deal for Jackson, 4&3.
For Friday activity, rounds 1 and 2 versus Nebraska and Wisconsin:
- Felix Kvarnstrom was 2-0-0
- Patrick Schmucking was 2-0-0
- Grant Engle was 0-1-1
- Kevin Stone was 0-1-1
- Laken Hinton was 1-1-0
- Jackson Chandler was 2-0-0
This was a very solid afternoon round. Walking 36 holes in a day is grueling (actually 18 is plenty) so hats off to the focus and conditioning to grind through a tough morning match, then turn around an launch your afternoon round of well played golf. No question tha Felix, Patrick and Jackson came to pay on Saturday. Grant, Kevin and Laken rebounded from the morning session with some quality afternoon golf.
Despite ending the day 1-0-1, Ohio State will not advance in tourney play due to losing the tiebreaker to Nebraska. In tied matches, the tiebreaker is determined by number of holes won, and Nebraska better Ohio State, 9-8.
So, next up is a Saturday afternoon match against Michigan. You know who to cheer for.