Brad Wright, Brad Smith and Zack Sobel go undefeated in four rounds of competition
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded the Big Ten Match Play Championship with a 3.5-2.5 loss to Michigan before closing the event with a 5-1 victory over Indiana Saturday in Coral Springs, Fla. The Buckeyes finished the second-annual conference match play tournament with a 2-2 record on the par 72, 7,268-yard Heron Bay Golf Club.
Senior Brad Wright, junior Brad Smith and freshman Zack Sobel completed the event undefeated with 3-0-1 records. Wright and Smith had two more wins Saturday, while Sobel halved his first matchup and won his second.
Northwestern won the Match Play title with a runaway 6-0 victory against Purdue in the final round. Iowa finished third with a 3.5-2.5 win against Minnesota, followed by Illinois is fifth after a 4.5-1.5 win vs. Michigan and the Buckeyes in seventh. Rounding out the results were Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. Penn State did not compete because the team could not get out of State College, Pa., due to weather conditions.
In the third round, the Wolverines edged the Buckeyes for the win by taking matches 1-3. Matt Thompson defeated junior Bo Hoag, 1 up, followed by a 2 and 1 victory by Lion Kim over freshman Matt Turner. Junior Michael Cress also dropped a 3 and 1 decision to Jack Schultz.
Smith collected the largest victory by the Buckeyes on the day with a 6 and 5 win against Rahul Bakshi, and Wright followed with a 3 and 2 victory over Alex Frankel. Sobel then halved his match with Alexander Sitompul.
Ohio State ended the championship on a high note by handedly defeating Indiana with victories in the Nos. 2-6 slots. Turner won 2 up against David Erdy, followed by 1-up victories by Cress and Smith over Chase Wright and Brant Peaper, respectively. Wright ran away with a 5 and 4 win against Michael McGee and Sobel took a 3 and 1 win vs. Ren Han. The lone OSU loss was by Hoag on a 3 and 2 victory by Alex Martin of Indiana.
Up next, the Buckeyes return to stroke play at the Puerto Rico Classic, Feb. 21-23.
Big Ten Match Play Championship – Saturday Results
Heron Bay Golf Club, Coral Springs, Fla.
Par 72, 7,268 yards
Round 3: Michigan 3.5, Ohio State 2.5
Matt Thompson (UM) def. Bo Hoag (OSU), 1UP
Lion Kim (UM) def. Matt Turner (OSU), 2 and 1
Jack Schultz (UM) def. Michael Cress (OSU), 3 and 1
Brad Smith (OSU) def. Rahul Bakshi (UM), 6 and 5
Brad Wright (OSU) def. Alex Frankel (UM), 3 and 2
Zack Sobel (OSU) halved Alexander Sitompul (UM)
Round 4: Ohio State 5, Indiana 1
Alex Martin (IU) def. Bo Hoag (OSU), 3 and 2
Matt Turner (OSU) def. David Erdy (IU), 2UP
Michael Cress (OSU) def. Chase Wright (IU), 1UP
Brad Smith (OSU) def. Brant Peaper, 1UP
Brad Wright (OSU) def. Michael McGee (IU), 5 and 4
Zack Sobel (OSU) def. Ren Han (IU), 3 and 1