COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio State University Men’s Golf program kicks off another year of competition, opening the 2018-19 schedule at the Northern Intercollegiate (Sept. 15-16) hosted by Northern Illinois, followed by five more events, including the Jack Nicklaus Invitational Oct. 8-9) at Muirfield Village, to wrap up the fall season. The spring begins with the Big Ten Match Play and the regular season finishes with the 48th annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate (April 19-20), followed by the Big Ten Championship (April 26-28) at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
“Each year we attempt to test our student-athletes by participating in events that provide outstanding competition on championship caliber golf courses that will prepare us for post-season championships,” said head coach Jay Moseley. “This schedule will stand up against any other program in the country in terms of premier venues and elite level competition. We cannot wait to get started.”
After the Northern Intercollegiate, the Buckeyes travel to Cincinnati for the Bearcat Invitational (Sept. 24-25), where they look to finish high in a homecoming for seniors Daniel Wetterich and Will Grimmer. Last year, Wetterich fired a career-best 63 in the second round at the event and finished a career-low 10-under par and tied for third. Grimmer won the event two years ago as a sophomore.
A number of Buckeyes will then travel to Toledo for the Inverness Intercollegiate (Sept. 24-25) before the team flies to Fort Worth, Texas for the Nike Collegiate Invitational (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) at famed Colonial CC.
“Colonial Country Club is so rich in history as a staple on the PGA Tour and earning the nickname of ‘Hogan’s alley’ for Ben Hogan’s remarkable five PGA Tour victories there,” Moseley said. “The golf course does not have length to challenge other modern courses but what it lacks in length it fulfills with character and demanding shot-making skills. It will be a real treat for our athletes to compete there this fall.”
The final team event of the fall will be right here in Central Ohio as the Buckeyes host the Jack Nicklaus Invitational (Oct. 8-9) at the prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club, which plays host to The Memorial Tournament each spring.
“We could not be more thrilled to host an event at Muirfield Village to honor Mr. Nicklaus’ name,” said Moseley. “Muirfield Village was established as a golf course to host first class competitions and this event will showcase the nation’s top collegiate teams and individuals. The match play format should provide incredible theater for the event.”
The Big Ten Match Play (Feb. 8-9) opens the spring season in sunny Palm Coast, Florida. The team then travels further south to Rio Mar, Puerto Rico to play in the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 17-19) for the third year in a row.
The Bandon Dunes Invitational (March 10-12) is the next stop, at another PGA Tour caliber course, Bandon Dunes in Oregon. The Buckeyes turned in a fourth-place finish last season at the Linger Longer Invite, where they will again play on March 15-17 in Georgia.
Traveling a short way to North Carolina, they will play in the Irish Creek Collegiate (April 6-7), before hosting the 48th annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at the Scarlet course where they finished fourth in the 2017 installment.
“Our home event is always a special one,” said Moseley. “The Kepler is deeply rooted into the heart of every golfer at Ohio State. Our seniors will be prepared to win the Kepler in their final home event.”
April 26-28 marks the Big Ten Championship which is an event in which the Buckeyes have enjoyed recent success. Grimmer has finished in the top-5 individually each of the last two years and the team finished third in 2017 and runner-up last year. Both of those events were played in Baltimore while the 2019 championship will be contested at the beautiful Philadelphia Cricket Club.
“Philadelphia Cricket Club is going to be yet another incredible site for the Big Ten Championship in April,” Moseley said”. “I don’t think anyone could argue that we have had the best lineup of championship sites for our league’s championship than any other conference. We have had top three finishes each of the past two years at Baltimore CC which is an AW Tillinghast/Keith Foster restoration just like Philly Cricket so I know our team will be comfortable with the course. It is a true spectacle of a golf course.”