March 9, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University men’s golf team was tasked with a challenge on Monday, enduring tough morning conditions and an immaculate golf course to place fifth through two rounds at The Challenge at Concession in Bradenton, Fla. The Buckeyes shot 319 in the first round and followed up with a 305, the second-best score in the field aside from host USF, to come in at 48-over par with one round to play.
The course played extremely difficult all day long, but freshman Jackson Chandler was up to the challenge. Competing as an individual, Chandler shot an opening round 73, getting as low as three-under par before the final stretch of the front nine gave him trouble and pushing his score to one-over. He followed up with a second round 73, rolling in three birdies and holing one of just four eagles across both rounds for all players, to take solo third place.
The track was not as kind to most of the field, pushing scores high and early. Felix Kvarnstrom, Grant Engle and Laken Hinton all tied for 14th through two rounds at 11-over par. Kvarnstrom opened the day shooting 79, coming back with a 76 in the afternoon to get to 11-over. Engle shot a first round 80, shaving five shots off his score in the second round to take a share of 14th. Hinton began with a seven-over 79 and played great golf for most of the afternoon before the course got the best of him and bumped his score up to a four-over 76.
Kevin Stone and Patrick Schmucking completed the starting five, shooting 15 and 18-over respectively.
The Buckeyes deployed two other individuals in the tournament, Jack Mancinotti and Justin Wick who closed out the day 14 and 16-over respectively.
Ohio State tees off at 9 a.m. alongside two other Buckeye State schools in Cincinnati and Dayton in the final round of the tournament tomorrow morning.