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tBBC OSUMG: Kelly & Grimmer lead NCAA Individuals in Round 1

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, May 16, 2016.

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    OSUMG: Kelly & Grimmer lead NCAA Individuals in Round 1
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    (Image and tournament courtesy Ohio State Athletics web site. Tournament information and statistics courtesy of Marquette University and OSU athletics web sites. Event statistics and scoring courtesy of Golfstat)

    Although the Ohio State Men’s Golf team wasn’t selected for the NCAA Regional qualifier (I thought they should have been…) the Buckeyes have two players playing in the Individual status category. There are six regions. The low 5 teams and the low Individual from each Region will advance to play in the NCAA Championships, May 27-June 1 in Eugene, OR. Since the OSUMG team is not participating, my focus will be on following the progress of Individual play. I’ve also listed the teams, in case you’re interested..

    Here are the Individuals:

    1. Lloyd Jefferson Go, Seton Hall University
    2. Patrick Flavin, Miami University (Ohio)
    3. Billy Walthouse, University of Rhode Island
    4. Otto Black, University of Toledo
    5. Tee-k Kelly, The Ohio State University
    6. Will Grimmer, The Ohio State University
    7. George Baylis, University Akron
    8. Trent Wallace, Illinois State University
    9. Luke Graboyes, Cornell University
    10. Evan Russell, University of Hartford

    Here are the teams, listed in order of seed: 1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2. Florida State University, 3. University of Florida, 4. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. 5. Baylor University, 6. Pennsylvania State University, 7. University of Memphis, 8. Kent State University, 9. University of California, Los Angeles, 10. East Tennessee State University, 11. Campbell University, 12. University of Idaho, 13. South Dakota State University

    Now, on to Round 1:

    In a somewhat embarrassment of riches, Tee-k Kelly and Will Grimmer both shot 70 (-2) for their opening round. This places them T-5th overall. That placement means nothing, but it’s good to set the context of where they stand in relation to the other 73 golfers.

    Here’s what’s important; both Tee-K and Will are tied for 1st place in the Individual competition. Since only one Individual player advances, Tee-k and Will have positioned themselves well for the 2nd round.


    Tee-k started with a bogey on his 1st hole (not good) but responded with a birdie on #2 (always good). He parred holes #3 – #8, then birdied his next 2 holes to move to -2. He parred his next five holes, then finished birdie-bogey-par to wrap up a very solid opening round. He is 1 shot clear of Luke Graboyes (Cornell).


    Will opened with four consecutive pars, went birdie-bogey, then closed with three pars for a front side 36 (E). He was hanging around the Individual leaderboard, T-3rd at the turn. Will thrilled the field with 2 birdies /7 pars on his back nine holes to move into a tie for 1st place (Individual) with fellow Buckeye Tee-k Kelly.

    They each showed different strengths in the first round. Will played the par 3’s very well; he averaged 2.75, -1 to par and T-2nd overall. Tee-k played the par 4’s in 3.80, -2 to par, ranking him T-3rd. They each played the par 5’s in 4.75, -1 to par. This was middle of pack’ish, but averaging under par is a good effort.

    This is a bit of a tense event for Individuals. For team play, there is a bit of “slop” since 5 of 13 teams from each Region advance to the NCAA Championships. With Individual play, it more resembles Thunderdome, except worse. In this case, 10 men enter, 1 man leaves.

    On to round 2 on Tuesday.

    Go Buckeyes!

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