May 23, 2019

Buckeyes Suit Up For NCAA Championships at Blessings Golf Club

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May 23, 2019

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NCAA Championships
Dates:May 24-26, 2019
Host:NCAA and University of Arkansas
Course:Blessings Golf Club
Fayetteville, Ark.
Live Scoring:Golfstat
Format:Play 5, count 4
Tee Times:Friday – 8:40AM-9:24AM CT
Saturday—2:00PM-2:44PM CT
Sunday—TBD
Weather:Partly Cloudy, 85°/Partly Cloudy, 84°/ Partly Cloudy, 84°
Teams:Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, BYU, California, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Liberty, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina, North Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, SMU, Stanford, South Carolina, Southern California, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest
Buckeye Lineup:
1. Will Grimmer
2. Daniel Wetterich
3. Caleb Ramirez
4. Will Voetsch
5. Laken Hinton

Ohio State at the NCAA Championships

  • Sophomore transfer, Laken Hinton is the only Buckeye with NCAA Championship experience, competing with Augusta University last year.
  • This is the third NCAA Championship appearance for Jay Moseley, his first with Ohio State, in his ten-year coaching career.
  • The Buckeyes are making their 47th all-time NCAA Championship appearance and their first since 2011 as a team.
  • In 2011, the team shot 887 (291-299-297) at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. to finish in sixth place and advance to the match play portion of the championship.
  • Senior Brad Smith, and current Buckeye assistant coach, led the way for the team, shooting a three-over 219 (72-74-73) to place 17th.
  • Ohio State subsequently fell to top ranked Oklahoma State, 3-1-1, in the quarterfinal round of match play.
  • The last individual appearance for the Buckeyes was Tee-k Kelly in 2016 who finished tied for 30th with a four-over 214 (71-70-73) in Eugene, Oregon at Eugene Country Club.
  • Ohio State has won the NCAA National Championship twice, in 1945 and 1979.

The Course

  • The Blessings Golf Club is home to the Arkansas Razorbacks and is known as one of the most challenging courses in the region. The par 72 layout stretches over 7,500 yards from the championship tees and traverses a series of ravines, creating a challenge for all who choose to tee it up. The ravines compounded with the Clear Creek that runs through the course make for multiple forced carries to effectively navigate the circuit. The course is laid out across the Clear Creek floodplain and a plateau that create a 65 foot elevation difference and as the holes snake back and forth along these landscapes, make for few flat lies. The Blessings has hosted NCAA Regionals in the past but the NCAA Championships will be the most significant tournament the course has hosted since its inception in 2004.

Buckeye Backdrop

  • The Buckeyes come off a fantastic 20-under finish at the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional that netted them second place and a trip to the National Championship.
  • Daniel Wetterichhas been the anchor for the Ohio State team this season, finishing inside the top-23 eight times, top-10 five times, and winning his first tournament, the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate hosted by Ohio State. The senior has contributed 26.5 rounds to the team scores, 17 of which have been par or better, and carries the lowest stroke average of the squad at 71.83.
  • Will Grimmer led the way for Ohio State for most of the season, stringing together five top-10 finishes to start the year, highlighted by an 11 strokevictory at the Musketeer Classic. Grimmer’s success this season has put him on the watch list for both the Ben Hogan and Fred Hasksins awards, earned him a spot in the Arnold Palmer cup, and led to a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the PGA Tour Memorial Tournament.
  • Caleb Ramirez has put together the best season of his collegiate career, shaving over one and a half shots off of his previous best stroke average to get to 72.66 in his senior campaign. His lights out play has netted him three top-10 finishes, one of which came last week as he led the Buckeyes at the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional with a career low nine-under 207 to finish fourth.
  • Will Voetsch, the final Ohio State senior, has played strong in the four spotfor the Scarlet and Gray, firing eight-under last week at the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional to set a career low and finish sixth. Voetsch has contributed 21.5 rounds to the team scores and has finished three of his last four tournaments inside the top-10.
  • Sophomore Laken Hinton transferred from Augusta University following the 2018 fall semester and quickly secured the five spotfor the Buckeyes in the spring. Hinton is the only player on Ohio State’s roster with NCAA Championships experience, as last year he competed in the starting five with Augusta University. Since joining the Buckeyes, he has played solid golf with his best performance coming at the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, finishing in 14th at two-under par.
  • Kevin Stone has been waiting in the wings as the alternate for the Big Ten Championship, NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional and now the NCAA Championships. The sophomore has competed in eight events this season, collecting his top finish of third at the Puerto Rico Classic.