(image courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, tournament information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, scoring and stats courtesy Golfstat)
The Buckeyes continue their southern swing at the Colleton River Intercollegiate in Bluffton, SC. The tournament is scheduled from Monday, March 2 – Tuesday March 3. The event, hosted by the Michigan State Spartans, is a 54-hole tournament. Thirty-six holes will begin with a shotgun start on Monday morning and the event concludes with the final 18 holes played on Tuesday morning.
The course is the Colleton River – Dye Course. It is set up at 7,167 yards and plays to par 72. It has a slope of 76.05 and a rating of 150. This is a really stiff test of golf.
Play 5, count 4
This is a fifteen team field. Below are the participants and their current Golfstat ranking:
Bowling Green #150, Cincinnati #107, Eastern Michigan #139, Georgia Southern #81, Iowa #76, Iowa State #70, Kent State #55, Kansas State #132, Memphis #56, Miami #92, Michigan State #84, Notre Dame #12, Oakland #149, Ohio State #71, Rutgers #75
1. Felix Kvarnstrom
2. Jackson Chandler
3. Kevin Stone
4. Laken Hinton
5. Patrick Schmucking
Ind. Grant Engle
The Buckeyes finished 10th in their inaugural appearance at the Colleton River Intercollegiate. They had rounds of 300-299-294-893 (+29). Their final round was 5th best of the day and enabled them to move up 4 positions on the leader-board. Despite a challenging opening two rounds, I was encouraged by their final round performance.
The Buckeye team scoring was led in scoring by Felix Kvarnstrom’s 216 (E). He was followed by Kevin Stone and Patrick Schmucking with 227 (+11) each, Laken Hinton 229 (+13) and Jackson Chandler 231 (+15). In Individual play, Grant Engle shot a 224 (+8).
Felix finished the round T-15 in the 90 player field. Grant finished T-44, Kevin and Patrick T-54, Laken T-59 and Jackson T-68.
|Colleton River||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Grant Engle (I)||77||72||75||224||8|
|Team To Par||12||11||6||29||0|
Felix played both nines well, but the back nine a bit better; -2 vs +2 on the front side. This turned out to be a steady, well played event for Felix. Not much exciting happened, except for his birdies. Lots of birdies.
Felix led the team with 10 birdies and tied for team high with 34 pars. Just as good, he had no score over bogey. He had 10 of those. That’s consistent golf at a high level.
Through two and one-half rounds, Jackson played the back nine slightly better than the front nine. Unfortunately, the final nine back nine was brutal. Quite often, golf is a momentum game. When you’re playing well, the ride is pleasant. When you’re not, you can’t get off the ride. His final round front and back nines were certainly Tales of Two Cities. One thing of note: Jackson did birdie the very tough par-3 3rd hole in the opening round. There were damn few birdies on this hole, Jackson had one of them.
Jackson scored only 4 birdies, but he had a team high (tie) 34 pars. He had a team high 14 bogeys, so he was probably close to adding quite a few pars to his scorecards.
Kevin played the front nine well in all three rounds. He had 5 of his 8 birdies on the front side and Kevin punctuated his scoring with an eagle-2 on the 5th hole in the final round.
Kevin had the Buckeyes only eagle, a nice hole-out on the 403 yard par-4 5th hole. He also had 8 birdies and 28 pars.
Laken had stretches of superb golf; nine consecutive pars in round two and a 14 hole stretch of playing -3 in the final round. The issue was a handful of double bogey or worse) that popped up for him. Laken had 40 holes of par-or-better, so he did show flashes of scoring.
Laken had 7 birdies and 33 pars.
Patrick’s scorecard was interesting. At +11, you might expect to see some “debris” on his card, but tha wasn’t the case; it was surprisingly clean. The culprits were a double and a triple. Those two holes accounted for +5 of Patrick’s +11, so it wasn’t that bad of a round.
Patrick had 7 birdies and 32 pars.
Grant Engle (I)
Grant had an interesting event. Like Patrick, he had two holes that accounted for half of his over par scoring. Which means he had 52 holes of fairly solid golf. Other than a challenging front nine stretch in his opening round, Grant pretty much had things under control. He didn’t make a ton of birdies, but he made quite a few pars.
Grant had 7 birdies and 34 pars.
We Have Statistics
Here’s the scoring summary:
Ohio State’s 161 pars placed them 5th overall. They also had 36 birdies and 1 eagle (Kevin Stone).
They played the par-3s to 3.53, +32 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.13, +20 and the par-5s to 4.97, -2. to par. They got absolutely crushed on the par-3s. In contrast, they played the par-4s quite well, finishing with the 5th best average and were so-so on the par-5s.
The field averaged 74.8 strokes. Ohio State averaged 75.2.
I’m not surprised that OSU struggled with par-3 scoring – almost every team did. The second and third toughest holes to par were the 210-yard 17th hole and the 205 yard 3rd hole.
The 17th hole is carry almost all over water the length of the hole. You’d better pick the right club and hit it flush. The 3rd hole is a challenging Redon design, Basically, the green is angled, sloped and protected by bunkers. There’s a Redon designed hole on the course I play. You need to pick correct line, pick the correct club and strike the ball perfectly – or it’s Redrum.
The Buckeyes will be in Bradenton, FL to host the Challenge at Concession, played at The Concession Golf Club. The event is scheduled for March 9 – 10.