COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State entered the final round of the Southern Invitational with a nine-shot lead. Looking for their first team victory in nearly three years, the Buckeyes went out and dominated the final round, carding a 13-under 275 to win the tournament by 18 shots. The 275 was nine shots better than any other team on Tuesday.
“Our guys came in this week with great energy,” head coach Jay Moseley said. “We are continuing to grow and improve each week. Winning is always nice but it’s not always so simple when you are expected to and have a target on your back. We had some outstanding performances this week from everyone and highlighted by Maxwell’s remarkable scoring this week.”
The win was the first for Ohio State since winning the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in April of 2019. The 54-hole score of 30-under 834 is the second-lowest 54-hole score in relation to par in program history. The Buckeyes have now finished in the Top 4 in each of their last four events.
Individually, sophomore Maxwell Moldovan ran away with the individual crown, firing a final round 67 to finish at 15-under par. The 15-under par is the lowest 54-hole score in relation to par by a Buckeye since 1980. The Uniontown, Ohio native made 18 birdies and just three bogeys over the two days. This was the second title of Moldovan’s career as he also won the NEXUS Collegiate last month in the Bahamas.
Coming off his own an individual title last time out, sophomore Adam Wallin continued his tremendous play, carding rounds of 73-68-67 to finish in third place at 8-under par. The Sweden native has finished in the Top 10 in all four events he’s played in this spring and has a total of eight rounds in the 60s.
Marco Steyn eagled the par-5 18th for the second consecutive round to finish with a 5-under 67. That was his lowest round as a Buckeye. Steyn finished the tournament with rounds of 72-74-67 to finish tied for seventh at 3-under par. This was his second Top 10 finish as a Buckeye and the sixth of his career.
Jackson Chandler played as an individual this week and had a very nice event. He turned in a bogey-free 67 in the afternoon on Monday and followed that with another steady round of even-par 72 on Tuesday to finish tied with Steyn at 3-under par.
Grant Engle also played as an individual this week and posted rounds of 71-73-75 to finish tied for 16th at 3-over par. This was Engle’s fifth Top 20 finish of his career and the second in a full-field event.
JonErik Alford opened the tournament with rounds of 71-68 to help the Buckeyes build a nine-shot 36-hole lead. Despite a tough closing stretch on Tuesday, Alford posted a Top 25 finish at 5-over par.
Patrick Schmucking rounded out the Buckeye scoring five with rounds of 75-73-74 and finished tied for 27th at 6-over par.
Over the three rounds, Wallin led the field in par-3 scoring at 6-under par. Moldovan was a field-best 7-under par on the par-4s and Steyn was tied for the best score on the par-5s at 8-under par. Chandler led the field with 40 pars while Moldovan had a field-best 18 birdies.
Ohio State has now brought home hardware at all three events this spring. Moldovan was medalist the NEXUS Collegiate and Wallin won his first title last week at the Colleton River Collegiate. Next up is the Valspar Intercollegiate in two weeks at The Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. Last year’s event was one of the toughest fields of the collegiate season and the Buckeyes finished third behind a runner-up finish from Moldovan.
|T7||Jackson Chandler (Ind.)||74-67-72||-3|
|T16||Grant Engle (Ind.)||71-73-75||+3|