April 21, 2018

Buckeyes in the Mix after Day 1 of Kepler Intercollegiate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Finally the Buckeyes got a good day for golf and they took advantage as they are right in the mix after a long opening day of the 47th Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at the OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course.

With tee times pushed back over an hour due to frost, darkness fell before all of the field could complete 36 holes. The Buckeyes opened with a round of 289 and stood in fifth place through the first round. Thanks to a handful of birdies in a three-hole stretch midway through the second round, the host Buckeyes jumped into a tie for the lead and ultimately ended the day in fourth place, just five shots out of first with roughly 22 holes to play.

Will Voetsch leads the team as he is even par through 33 holes. He made a total of six birdies on the day and sits in a tie for fifth. Daniel Wetterich is also in the top-10 as he is tied for ninth at 1-over par. Wetterich led the field on Saturday as he played the par-5s in 5-under par and made the third-most birdies with seven.

Will Grimmer opened with a 2-over 73 and is even through 14 holes on his second round. He is tied for 13th at 2-over par for the tournament. Jeg Coughlin III also posted a 73 in round one and is 3-over par with two holes to play in his second round. Josh Wick rounds out the Buckeyes’ scoring five as he is 12-over through 34 holes.

Five Buckeyes are also playing as individuals this weekend and the battle for low individual Buckeye is a close one. Caden Orewiler and Kevin Stone are each 5-over par for the tournament while Jack Mancinotti, Caleb Ramirez and Justin Wick are all just a shot back at 6-over par.

Illinois leads the field at 3-over par while Michigan State is 5-over, Purdue is 6-over and the Buckeyes are 8-over.

The second round will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning and then the Buckeyes will start their final round at 9:30 a.m. Golfstat.com will have live scoring coverage of the final