Ohio State junior Brad Wright, who is redshirting this season, will be give an insider’s perspective while blogging for the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate this weekend. Live scoring for the tournament is available on golfstat.com.
Practice Round (Friday)
Today was the practice round for the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate and the entire team played. We were only able to play about four holes before a storm moved in and we had to get off the course. After the rain passed part of the team went to the range to work on their swings, while the rest of the team worked on their short games and putting. Occasionally, we would take a break to check out the scores from the Masters. The team looks very good. This is the best I have seen us all year. Everyone is working hard and is confident as we head into an important stretch with Big Tens just two weeks away.
The course is in great shape, considering it just opened about three weeks ago. It is going to be playing very difficult for the tournament this weekend. The course is still a little wet and you still are not getting much roll in the fairways, which will make it play very long. It stretches out to play 7,455 yards, for comparison the Masters this week is being played at 7,445 yards. The greens are in great shape also; they will be double cutting and rolling them heading up to the first round, so you can expect them to be very fast. Anything around par this weekend is going to be a very solid score.
Round One (Saturday)
9:32 a.m. – The opening round started this morning with a shotgun start at about 8:30am. It was cold, with the wind chill below 40 degrees. The forecast for the day is a high of 53 degrees, with a lot of wind and possible showers this afternoon. The golf course is playing even more difficult than I thought it would.
David Becher started his first college tournament on the 18th hole today, hitting the green and two putting for a par. He followed that up with another par on the first hole.
11:32 a.m. – Vaughn Snyder is leading the way for the Buckeyes at 1-under par, his early round highlight came at the 12th hole were he went driver three wood to five feet and made the putt for eagle. Other good shots came from Bo Hoag who hit a great bunker shot on 14 to save par from the green side bunker, and when Brad Smith hit his tee shot on the Par 3 17th to 15 feet. Another highlight came from David Becher as hit his tee shot on the par 3 eighth to two feet, making birdie.
The weather conditions are getting worse by the minute. The wind is really increasing, which is really making it cold out there. It is also sprinkling a little bit.
12:30 p.m. – Zack Sebert hit a great shot into hole 9 and walked away with par. He continues to play well as he leads the field at one under.
The conditions in the morning round were tough, but we held strong as we are in first place heading into the second round. Sebert, who is playing as an individual this week, shot 71. We played smart golf and did a really good job of staying away from the big numbers. The hard work that we put in this week really paid off. Hopefully we can take the momentum from this morning and continue it this afternoon. The afternoon round is not going to get any easier as it is expected that the weather is to get worse. We just need to continue to stay focused on our strategy.
Read the complete recap of Ohio State’s first round
Round Two (Saturday)
6:24 p.m. – The afternoon round played more difficult than the morning round as only one team broke 300. The cool temperatures with strong winds made the course a big challenge. We did not finish like would have liked to, but we certainly have a great chance of winning tomorrow. We need to really stick to our game plan of hitting a lot of greens and not making any big numbers. The weather does not look anymore promising as the high temperature tomorrow is expected to be 42 degrees with more wind and rain.
Some highlights from today’s afternoon round came from Mike Cress when the freshman playing in his first collegiate tournament made back-to-back birdies on 4 and 5, chipping in for birdie on number 5. And Zach Sebert continued his solid play from the morning round into the afternoon to hold on for his share of the lead.
The guys are ready to win, and I feel like tomorrow is going to be a big step forward for the program to pick up a nice win over a very good field. It would be great to win it for Coach Brown, who isn’t able to be here this weekend because he’s sick with the flu. We’ll be playing hard for him and shooting for first. It will also be a great boost of confidence heading into the Big Tens in a few weeks.
Read the complete recap of day one for Ohio State
Round Three (Sunday)
9:01 a.m. – Round three is underway! The teams started the final 18 holes of the tournament at 9 this morning with a shotgun start. We’re playing with Michigan State and Colorado again today, who are just ahead of us in the standings so we’ll be playing against our top competition and hopefully come out with the win.
3:46 p.m. – The weather played a factor again, leading to another tough day on the course. We played well and we stayed in contention most of the day, but we were not able to finish the way that we would have liked. We beat a lot of ranked schools ahead of us and that will help of in our ranking with regionals getting close. The last two tournaments we were able to be in the hunt with nine holes to play, and the more that we can put ourselves in contention to win the better. With Big Tens just two weeks away, we have a good idea of what we need to focus our attention on in practice this week.
Zach Sebert had a really nice tournament finishing fifth, but was disappointed in not winning. Bo Hoag and Vaughn Snyder both closed the day really strong as they each played 2 under for their final holes, which helped us pull away from Northwestern and Penn State.
Read the complete recap of day two for Ohio State