October 8, 2018
DUBLIN, Ohio—Ohio State started off the day well at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, taking their first match to the very last hole against a stout Clemson team. The highly touted field was apropos for the setting, as Muirfield Village Golf Club proved to be as tough a course as anyone could have imagined. The match play event ranked the teams one through eight and pitted them against each other in a four-match format for all three rounds of play. Number seven Ohio State drew number two Clemson and began play at 9:00 AM.
Ohio State played well in the first round, taking control of five of the six matches at one point before Clemson fought back into contention. Daniel Wetterich took a one up lead on the ninth hole and never relinquished that lead, finishing the match two up and earning the Buckeyes one point. Will Grimmer battled the Clemson number one, never going below all square after the second hole, to earn another point for the scarlet and gray, finishing one up. Freshman Grant Engle fell, 4 and 3, and seniors Caleb Ramirez and Will Voetsch both halved their matches to each earn a half a point. With the teams tied going into the final hole and the final pairing, Kevin Stone was charged with winning the 18th hole to halve his match and give the Buckeyes the victory. However, he never got the chance as his Clemson opponent sunk a long putt to halve the hole and finish with a one up lead. With the score of the match tied at three all, the tiebreaker had to be utilized, counting the margin of victory in each individual pairing, and Clemson won out with their tiebreaking score adding up to five, and Ohio State’s to three.
In the second match, the Buckeyes drew Florida State, the six seed in the tournament. The teams made it through nearly half of their second round before a pop-up shower and lightning caused the horn to blow and play to finish for the day, to be resumed the next.
Due to weather and pace of play issues, the coaches convened and made the decision to cancel the third round, scheduled for tomorrow morning, and finish the second round starting at 9 AM, naming the winners of the Georgia Tech/South Carolina and Georgia/Clemson matches co-champions of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational.
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|Clemson (2)||A/S||OSU (7)|
|B. Nimmer||1UP||W. Grimmer|
|T. Pettit||A/S||C. Ramirez|
|W. Nottingham||2UP||D. Wetterich|
|K. Cottam||A/S||W. Voetsch|
|Z. Gordon||1UP||K. Stone|
|C. Self||4&3||G. Engle|
Match 2 / Thru 6-10
|J. Pak||3Up thru 10||W. Grimmer|
|A. Martinez||A/S thru 9||C.Ramirez|
|C. Carlson||1UP thru 9||D. Wetterich|
|J. Carter||1UP thru 8||W. Voetsch|
|J. Li||A/S thru 7||K. Stone|
|C. Sierota||2UP thru 6||G. Engle|