Oct. 8, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes finished the Jack Nicklaus Invitational with a closely fought match versus Florida State, falling 2-3-1 to the Seminoles on the immaculate Muirfield Village Golf Club. With the defeat, Ohio State finished the Jack Nicklaus Invitational with an 0-2-1 record.
Felix Kvarnstrom played Florida State’s John Pak in a true battle of number ones to lead Ohio State to its first point of the match. Pak, a member of the 2019 U.S. Walker Cup team who won all three matches he played in, and Kvarnstrom, a 2018 DII National Champion and All-American, were pitted against each other as the first match and did not disappoint. Each player made spectacular shots in the opening holes, keeping the match even through two. On the third hole, Kvarnstrom flew an iron onto the green and drained the snaking putt to go up by one. On the next hole, Pak’s tee shot landed short left, he responded with a fantastic flop shot over the bunker to leave him a two-footer for par. Kvarnstrom’s tee shot left him a 20-footer that he poured in, center cup, to move to two-up. The pair went back and forth through the front nine, with Pak opening the back with a win on number 10 to cut the lead to one. Not to be outdone, Kvarnstrom went on a tear, winning three straight holes to close out the match on the 15th green.
Kevin Stone netted the second point for the Buckeyes as the last match of the day. Stone took the lead out of the gate, but Florida State’s Fletcher Wunderlich evened things back up on the third hole. The two traded blows through the first seven holes before Wunderlich took a two-up lead at the turn. Stone would remain two behind through 13 but turned the tide starting on the next hole, winning back-to-back holes to tie the match up. The pair tied the 16th before Stone dealt the winning blow, paring 17 to take his first lead since the second hole. Stone made two great shots on 18, cleaning up with a two-putt to seal the victory.
Freshman Jackson Chandler secured a half point for Ohio State in his match against Cole Anderson. Chandler played really solid golf for most of the afternoon, building a three-up lead at one point but was unable to hold on but still earned the half tally to help the team.
Grant Engle played a back and forth match with Parker Reddig that was tied as late as the 15th hole before Reddig won both 16 and 17 to take the contest.
JonErik Alford fell 3&2 and Patrick Schmucking lost 5&3 to round out the Buckeye six.
|OSU (3)||3 – 2 – 1||FSU (4)|
Ohio State takes a road trip over fall break, playing in the Crooked Stick Invitational at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana on October 14-15.