COLUMBUS, Ohio – The mantra of any NCAA Tournament is survive and advance and Ohio State did just that this week. The Buckeyes finished third at the NCAA Columbus Regional and will be one of five teams advancing to next week’s NCAA Championship at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Playing on their home course at the OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, Monday’s opening round didn’t start well for the Buckeyes. They bounced-back with a great second nine to right the ship and then carded an even-par 284 on Tuesday. That helped lift them into a qualifying position and then a solid 2-under 282 on Wednesday punched their ticket.
Junior Jackson Chandler and sophomore Maxwell Moldovan each carded final rounds of 1-under 70 to lead the team while Adam Wallin and JonErik Alford each posted an even-par 71. Chandler was 2-over at the turn on Wednesday but came home in a bogey-free 32. He finished the tournament in a tie for fourth at 2-under par.
Moldovan made three birdies in his final round and finished in a tie with Wallin and Alford for the week at 2-over par. Wallin carded a second nine 33 that included a hole-out, eagle-two at the par-4 16th. Alford bogeyed the par-5 sixth and was 1-over on the day before playing the final 12 holes at 1-under par.
Patrick Schmucking shot a 2-over 73 on Tuesday and finished up with a 76 on Wednesday to finish at 11-over par.
The Buckeyes just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championship last year and the 2020 event was not held. The last time OSU qualified was in 2019 when it finished runner-up at the Myrtle Beach Regional and went on to finish 13th at the NCAA Championship at the Blessings Golf Club in Arkansas. This will be Ohio State’s 47th NCAA Championship appearance.
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