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With the Big Ten Match Play out of the way, the Buckeyes head to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Classic. Round one was in the books. On to round two.
The Buckeyes shot a 295 (E) which was 15 strokes better than the opening round. This bumped them up to 14th place, but Tuesday’s final round will still be a nice, relaxing “work on your game” round.
The Buckeyes were led in second round scoring by Felix Kvarnstrom’s 69 (-3). He was followed by Grant Engle with a 71 (-1), Patrick Schmucking and Jackson Chandler with 74s (+2) and Kevin Stone 78 (+6).
After two rounds, Felix is T-16 in the 75 player field. Jackson and Grant are T-55, Patrick is T-61 and Kevin is T-70.
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Felix began his round on the 16th hole with a par. After four holes, he was -1. A bogey on the par-3, 3rd hole brought him back to even par. At that point, Felix went on a bit of a tear. He parred he next three holes, ten birdied #7 and #8 to get to -2 for the round. He ran off six consecutive par before birdieing his final hole, the 544 yard par-5 15th to finish at -3.
Overall, a very solid round by Felix. His four birdies tied for team lead and his only blemish was a single bogey. Felix led the team with 17 holes of par or better scoring.
Patrick began his round on the 17th hole with a par. He would only make two more pars over the next ten holes, co-mingling them with two birdies and five bogeys. A bogey on hole #9 bumped Patrick to +4 for the round. He blistered the course on his home stretch with two birdies and five pars for his +2.
Patrick was again a bit streaky, his closing stretch of seven holes where his -2 is a good momentum builder enter Tuesday’s final round. Partrick also had 4 birdies for the Buckeyes.
Kevin began his round on the 17th hole with a par, and was +1 after four holes. A couple double bogeys, a birdie and a lot of par later, Kevin walked off his last hole with another round of +6.
Despite the identical score, this was nowhere near the opening round. The number of “par or better” holes, 13, were about the same. However, Kevin’s play was, overall, a good bit sharper. His downfall was his inability to score on the par-3s. On those four holes, he was +5, which wrecked his round.
Jackson began his round on the 16th hole with a par. Over the next eight holes, he had 1 birdie and 3 bogeys to sit at +2. Jackson closed out his final nine with 9 consecutive pars for his round of +2.
I’ve always contended that in competitions like this, “par is your friend”. With a team leading 14 pars, Jackson made a lot of friends on Monday.
Grant began his round on the 18th hole with a bogey. He ended his round on the 17th with a bogey. In between, he had three birdies (#5, #7, #9) and thirteen pars for a round of -1.
Grant had five bogeys, a double and no birdies in the opening round. Grant’s Monday round was an improvement of 8 strokes.He went from high score on one day to 2nd lowest the next. That’s a pretty impressive turnaround.
Here’s hole by hole
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Here’s the scoring summary:
In round two, Ohio State improved their play of the par-4s and par-5s. They played the par-3s in 3.30, +2 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.08, +4 to par and the par-5s to 4.95, -1 to par, They had 60 pars and 13 birdies.The big improvement was in far fewer bogeys and “others”.
For two rounds, they played the par-3s in 3.20, 82 to par which ranked them T-10th in the field. They played the par-4s to 4.16, +16 to par (14th in field) and the par-5s to 5.10, +4 to par (15th). They had 26 birdies (14th) and 109 pars (T-11).
The field averaged 72.01 strokes, better than a stroke improvement per round from the opening round. Ohio State averaged 73.2, a 3 stroke improvement.
A certainly much better round. The overall field round scoring average improved by a little more than a stroke from the first round. The Buckeyes improved over 3 strokes from the first day, quite a significant move.
The carded only two holes over bogey, and those were by the same player. From the individual player’s standpoint, that’s bad, but from the team score standpoint, that’s very good. The scoring “damage” was contained to one player, thus the other four had better scores. It’s not an intentional thing, that’s just the way it works out.
Round three is Tuesday. Go Buckeyes.