April 7, 2019
KANNAPOLIS, N.C.—The Buckeyes played tremendous golf at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate as four players shot career or season lows to lead the team to its best score of the 2018-19 campaign with a ten-under, 842. Four Ohio State players finished inside the top-10 for the first time since 2012 when four players finished inside the top-6 at the Wildcat Invitational. Five Buckeyes finished a combined 18-under par, the first time that the Scarlet and Gray have had that many players finish under par since the 2010 Marshall Invitational where six Buckeyes combined to go 32-under. The last time that three starters finished under par was in 2017 when Will Grimmer, Caleb Ramirez, and Daniel Wetterich combined to go seven-under par at the Carmel Cup.
Senior Caleb Ramirez has ramped up his game in the last month and after finishing two-under at the Linger Longer Invitational a couple weeks ago, set a new career low at the Club at Irish Creek by carding 14 birdies in three rounds to finish five-under par (70-69-69) and tie for fourth place. This marks the first time that the California native has turned in three rounds under par in one tournament and his score of 208 bests his previous career low of 213 at the 2017 Carmel Cup by five strokes.
Fellow senior Will Grimmer returned to form this weekend, matching Ramirez at five-under for the tournament to finish tied for fourth. Grimmer’s 208 (68-73-67) marks the sixth time in his collegiate career that he has shot 208 or better, and the third time this season. His rounds of 68 and 67 bring his season tally to eight rounds in the 60s and the fourth time he has turned in a 67. Finishing fourth at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate gives Grimmer four top-5 finishes and six top-10 finishes in his senior campaign, the most of any Big Ten player.
Not to be outshone, Will Voetsch had a career weekend himself while competing as an individual, coming in right on the heels of Ramirez and Grimmer at four-under par to take home a share of seventh place and set a new career low. The senior played to the tune of 11 birdies and 37 pars to capture the third top-10 finish of his career. Voetsch’s 73-68-68 (209) performance bests his previous career low of 216 and turned in his first two rounds in the 60s of the season.
Daniel Wetterich also finished the tournament under par, coming in at three-under to tie for tenth place and shoot his best score of the season with a 210. The Cincinnati native now has 11 rounds of par or better for the season and his fourth top-10 finish, earned by holing 13 birdies and 31 pars in three rounds at the Club at Irish Creek.
Freshman Grant Engle posted the best numbers of his young career, finishing with a one-under 212 (71-72-69) to finish in a tie for 20th individually. The freshman has now competed in five tournaments as an individual this season, making steady improvements. Engle’s third round 69 is the second round in the 60s of his young career and the fifth round of par or better, including his first round 71.
Laken Hinton clocked in at three-over for the tournament to tie for 42nd place, carding 72-74-70 to total 216. Kevin Stone finished the tournament 14-over to take a share of 83rd.
|Place||Player||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Final|
|T4||Will Grimmer (1)||68 (-3)||73 (+2)||67 (-4)||208 (-5)|
|T10||Daniel Wetterich (2)||69 (-2)||72 (+1)||69 (-2)||210 (-3)|
|T4||Caleb Ramirez (3)||70 (-1)||69 (-2)||69 (-2)||214 (-5)|
|T42||Laken Hinton (4)||72 (+1)||74 (+3)||70 (-1)||216 (+3)|
|T83||Kevin Stone (5)||73 (+2)||78 (+7)||76 (+5)||227 (+14)|
|T20||Grant Engle (Ind.)||71 (E)||72 (+1)||69 (-2)||212 (-1)|
|T7||Will Voetsch (Ind.)||73 (+2)||68 (-3)||68 (-3)||209 (-4)|
|2||TEAM||279 (-5)||288 (+4)||275 (-9)||842 (-10)|
Ohio State comes back home to host the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at the Ohio State University Golf Club on April 19-20.