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tBBC OSUMG: OSU Finishes Strong in Lone Star Invitational

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Mar 22, 2016.

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    OSUMG: OSU Finishes Strong in Lone Star Invitational
    Ken
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    (Photo courtesy of Ohio State Athletic Dept)

    In league with extraordinary gentlemen.

    The Buckeyes traveled to Texas for the Lone Star Invitational, hosted by UT-San Antonio. The tournament is played at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio, TX. The course will play to 7,247 yards and a par 72. (That’s a lot of golf course). It has a USGA course rating of 75.7 and a slope of 139. (This is also a tough golf course. By comparison, my “home” course has a slope/rating of 72/123. Not even close in difficulty)

    The format a three round, 54 hole event of ‘play five count four’, where a school fields 5 players, and the low 4 scores for each round are counted. This event has a seventeen team field: Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Houston Baptist, Little Rock, Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese State, Miami (OH), Mississippi State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, Ohio State, Rice, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas State, UTEP and (host school) UTSA. This is an interesting regional mix; one team from Mississippi, two from New Mexico, four teams from Ohio, four from Louisiana and 6 teams from Texas.

    The participating players participating were: Will Grimmer, Tee-k Kelly, Caleb Ramirez, Sean Busch, and Josh Wick. Participating as the Individual was Grant Weaver. There were several lineup changes compared to the previous event. Caleb and Josh are new to the lineup, replacing Addison Coll and Clark Engle. Also, Grant is participating as an individual and Busch moved from Individual into the team lineup.

    Overall


    The Buckeyes again rode a strong final round (+5) to improve three positions to finish in T-8th, with a team total of 903 (+39).

    The Buckeyes were led by Tee-k Kelly’s 211 (-5). Will’s score was good enough to place 8th in the 75 player field. His four “team” mates were bunched in scoring; Will Grimmer 231 (+15), Josh Wick 232 (+16), Caleb Ramirez 235 (+19) and Sean Busch 238 (+22). In the Individual category, Grant Weaver shot a 234 (+18).

    Tee-k’s scoring earned him medalist honors in the field of 100 golfers. He finished 5 strokes clear of 2nd place Mario Carmona of Rice. In Individual competition, Grant finished T-4th place of 15 Individuals. Congratulations to both players. Well done.

    This was an encouraging finish. They had a good first round, a horrible second round and, again, a very good third round.

    Player round by round scores, below:

    Lone Star Invitational 72 72 72 864
    Par 72 Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
    Team 297 313 293 903 39
    Will Grimmer 75 83 73 231 15
    Caleb Ramirez 80 75 80 235 19
    Sean Busch 79 84 75 238 22
    Josh Wick 75 83 74 232 16
    Tee-K Kelly 68 72 71 211 -5
    Grant Weaver (I) 75 77 82 234 18
    9 25 5 39 39

    First Round

    The rejiggered Buckeye got off to a pretty decent start; at the turn they were sitting at +4 and in 7th place. By the end of the round, they shot a team score of +9 and were lodged in 3rd place. The Buckeyes were led by Tee-k Kelly with a sizzling 68 (-4). Will Grimmer and Josh Wick shot 75’s (+3) and Sean Busch’s 79 (+7) rounded out the team score. Caleb Ramirez shot an 80 (+8). In Individual play, Grant Weaver shot a 75 (+3).

    Tee-K got out of the blocks fast with 2 birdies on his front nine then went back-to-back with birdies on #13-#14 to get to -4. His five birdies led the Buckeyes in this round.

    Will was a fairly steady +2 on his front side, then took us for a ‘Will the Thrill’ ride on the back nine. In a six hole stretch, he recorded 3 birdies and a triple bogey. That had to have been an interesting hour and fifteen minutes (or so) to witness.

    Josh ‘steadied’ it around on his front nine of +3, then melded 2 birdies/2 bogeys for even par on the closing nine holes.

    Sean took us on a ride that wasn’t quite as thrilling as Will’s. he had 2 double bogeys/1 birdie on the front side.

    Caleb pretty much rode the ‘bogey train’ in his round; he had 9 bogeys/1 birdie. It sort of looked like one of my rounds, except he played it on a longer (800 yards) and tougher course. The same, but different..

    Grant had a steady, 3 birdie/6 bogey round. He did have a five hole stretch on his back nine with no pars; bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey.

    For the round, all six Buckeyes had 17 birdies, 60 pars, 28 bogeys and 3 ‘others’. This was a good opening round. On to the 2nd round…



    Second Round

    As good as the opening round was, the afternoon round was a smoldering crater. The Buckeyes shot a team total 313 (+25), sliding them down eight spots into 11th place after this round. The Buckeyes were led by Tee-k Kelly 72 (E) and Caleb Ramirez 75 (+3). After that, the scorecards were pretty ugly. Will Grimmer and Josh Wick contributed to the team scores by shooting 83’s (+11). Sean Busch shot an 84 (+12) and didn’t. Grant Weaver, playing as an individual, shot a respectable 77 (+5).

    Tee-K had 4 birdies/2 double bogeys in his round. After two rounds, Tee-k held the lowest score (medalist) of the 100 competing golfers.

    Will’s first round Thrill Ride turned into a mid-round Demolition Derby on the 2nd round. He started out well enough (+3 through 7 holes), but then played holes #8 – #10 in 7 over par. He did recover to play his finishing 8 holes in a very solid 1 over par, but the damage had been done.

    Josh had a very good start (-1) after four holes, then the wheels fell off. He bogeyed nine of his next 11 holes.

    Sean did manage a birdie, but his two double bogeys and a triple bogey really torpedoed his round.

    Caleb had a mid-round, seven hole stretch with no pars; 3 bogies, a double bogey, a triple bogey, a birdie and an eagle. After his triple bogey on the par-4 12th, he eagled the par-5 13th and birdied the par-4 14th. This would have been a fun hour or so to follow Caleb around.

    Grant tied Tee-k for team lead with 4 birdies. not to be outdone by Caleb, he did have a mid-round seven hole stretch with no pars; 3 bogies, a triple bogey and 3 birdies in holes #7 – #13. After his triple on #11, he went birdie-birdie, so evidently #11 didn’t faze him too much. In the Individual competition, Grant stood at T-3, only one stroke out of 2nd place.

    For the round, all six Buckeyes combined for; 15 birdies, 53 pars, 26 bogeys and 14 ‘others’.

    This is the second consecutive tournament the Buckeyes failed to capitalize on a good/very good opening round by less-than-sharp play in the 2nd round. I’m not quite sure what the post-round team meeting was like; there isn’t much a coach can say after that. Probably the best approach would be “Relax, put that round behind us, enjoy dinner, get some rest. We have a big day tomorrow.” On to the 3rd round…

    Third Round


    It appears the Buckeyes settled in and reverted back to their opening round form. They Buckeyes shot a team 3rd round score of 293 (+5) to move them up three spots into the T-8th position. The Buckeyes were again led by Tee-K Kelly 71 (-1). Will Grimmer 73 (+1), Josh Wick 74 (+2) and Sean Busch 75 (+3) rounded out the team scoring. Caleb Ramirez shot a final round 80 (+8). In Individual play, Grant Weaver shot an 82 (+10).

    Tee-K teeing off on the 8th hole, he got out of the blocks fast with 5 consecutive pars before going eagle-birdie on the next two holes. Tee-k was sitting at level par until he finished with a birdie on his 18th hole to go sub-par. This was Tee-k’s second consecutive tournament where he scored under par for the final round. I think that Coaches Moseley and Smith need to convince Tee-k that every round is a final round…

    Will turned things around for his closing round with a relatively drama-free (at least looking at the scorecard) score of 1 birdie / 2 bogeys / 15 pars. Textbook stuff there; fairways, greens, 2 putts…

    Josh had a very good round of 2 birdies/2 bogeys/13 pars until a double bogey on his last hole of the day, the tough par-4 9th. That is still a very solid round of golf. Well done.

    Sean teeing off on #11, was 1-under par through 8 holes and 4 over through 13 holes. He double bogeyed #6, then birdied 3 consecutive holes, then finished with a par. For context, it takes me 3 rounds to score 3 birdies, or about 12-13 hours of playing time. Sean got his 3 birdies in a span of 30-40 minutes. Amazing.

    Caleb had a rough start, shooting a 7 on the par-4 9th hole. It took him a few holes to get into sync, but he did finish his last seven holes in even par. That’s a good job of pulling it back together.

    Grant had another five hole stretch mid-round with no pars; double bogey-birdie-double bogey-bogey-bogey.

    For the round, the six Buckeyes combined for; 1 eagle (Tee-k), 13 birdies, 65 pars, 24 bogeys and 5 ‘others’. This was another very good finishing round.

    Thoughts

    In some respects, after seeing the participating schools, the final standings didn’t surprise me. There were 4 “Ohio” schools and 13 “southern” schools. Most, if not all of the southern teams have been in tournament play a month before the “Ohio” schools. The additional one or two events make a difference in performance this early in the season.

    In Ohio State’s previous event, I commented that “Tee-k Kelly, to put it mildly, “under-performed” in his first two rounds. Then he had a stunning under-par 3rd round.” This week, Tee-k didn’t mess around in the first two rounds; he went pin-seeking and it paid off.

    Sifting through the chaff, here is a “what happened” snap-shot. They played the par 3’s very well, scoring an average 3.33 (+20) ranking them T-1st. They played the par 4’s ‘sort of OK’, to an average of 4.36 per hole, +54 to par, ranking them 9th. They played the par 5’s to an average of 4.88 per hole, a total of -7 to par, ranking 7th.

    In terms of “to par” scoring, Ohio State recorded 149 pars, placing them in 8th position in that measure. They recorded 36 birdies, placing them 7th. They scored 2 eagles, placing them tied for for 3rd place. Note: this is “team” statistics, so Grant’s 9 birdies are not included.

    The team still needs to level out the 2nd round play. Obviously, this is not a profound observation that coaches Moseley/Smith are unaware of. This final round finish was a good performance to build for the rest of the Spring. The next couple months are going to be fun.

    Up Next

    The OSUMG team will return to Texas on April 2-3 for the Aggie Invitational in Bryan, TX.

    Go Buckeyes!

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