COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the graduation of four seniors who were pillars in the lineup last year, Ohio State men’s golf sophomore Grant Engle knew he had an opportunity to play a significant role this season. The work he put into his game this summer has showed through the first two events this fall.
Engle played well through fall qualifying and earned spot in the season-opening Inverness Intercollegiate. He rebounded from a tough second round to post an even-par 71 in the final round. That was the lowest round on the team that day and it helped the Buckeyes jump up a spot to sixth in the 15-team field.
Continuing their trek through some of America’s top courses, Engle and the Buckeyes played the past three days at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Ore., for the Nike Collegiate. In one of the best fields the Buckeyes will play in this season, Engle posted three superb rounds of 72-69-72 to finish at even par. That put him in a tie for 23rd.
Engle played in seven events last year as a freshman but just one as a member of the scoring five. And in that event, he shot rounds of 83-81. Given this field and the course this past week in Oregon, this was arguably his best performance as a Buckeye. Hopefully that will spur him the rest of this fall as the team readies for the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village next week and the Crooked Stick Invitational the following week in Carmel, Ind.