Four OSU golfers will close out their rounds at 7 a.m. at Inverness Club in Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio For the second-consecutive day, the Ohio State men’s golf team will arrive at Inverness Club at dawn to finish up a round at the NCAA championships. The third round of stroke play was called at 8:45 p.m. Thursday night and the Buckeyes are one of six teams who will conclude play Friday morning at 7 a.m. Live scoring is available on www.golfstat.com.
With 2-3 holes remaining on the par 71, 7,255-yard course, Ohio State stands at 13-over par for the third round and are tied with Virginia for 26th place. After arriving at the course at 5:30 a.m. and returning to play at 6:45, The Buckeyes began third-round play on No. 10 between 4:07-4:45 p.m.
The lone Buckeye to complete his round was sophomore Brad Smith. The native of Peru, Ind., was 6-over for a 54-hole total of 231 (+18). He started out strong, making par on his first three holes with a birdie on his fourth, but hit a rough patch with three bogeys in a row. After making the turn, Smith wrapped up 4-over on holes 1-9.
Thus far, the best round for Ohio State is Vaughn Snyder at 1-under through 15 holes. The senior from Massillon, Ohio, posted five birdies already in his round, including four in a seven-hole span between Nos. 15-18 and 1-3.
Also finishing with a strong round is junior Brad Wright of Cambridge, Ohio. The top Buckeye performer at the NCAA championships, Wright started out with two birdies on his opening two holes and is 2-over with three remaining.
Sophomores Michael Cress and Bo Hoag are 6-over with two and three holes to play, respectively.
Once the six teams still out on the course conclude their rounds, match play begins to determine the team champion. The top 8 teams will play in the quarterfinals: (1) Oklahoma State vs. (8) Georgia, (2) Arizona State vs. (7) Texas A&M, (3) Southern California vs. (6) Michigan, and (4) Arkansas vs. (5) Washington.
Semifinal matches also will be played Friday with the final two teams facing off for the championship Saturday morning.
The 54-hole NCAA individual champion was crowned Thursday with individual Matt Hill of N.C. State winning it at 6-under. He took it by two strokes over another individual competitor Kyle Stanley of Clemson.