Feb. 7, 2020
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team split their two matches today at the Big Ten Match Play Championship, tying with Nebraska but would not advance due to the tiebreaker and downing Wisconsin 5-1 to close out the day.
Ohio State vs. Nebraska
The Buckeyes came out of the gate playing well, taking leads in three matches in the opening holes. Senior Felix Kvarnstrom grabbed the lead on the first hole and never relinquished it, building up to a four-up lead through 15 holes to secure the first point for Ohio State.
Freshman Patrick Schmucking also took the lead from the outset, battling through the first nine to make the turn three-up. His opponent mounted a comeback on the front nine, getting back to just one-down before Schmucking closed it out on the 18th, winning two-up.
The third Buckeye point came courtesy of freshman Jackson Chandler who won his match two-and-one. Trouble on the first hole had his playing from behind but he quickly squared it up and would take the advantage on the fifth hole. Chandler never trailed again in the match, falling back to all square before winning two holes to secure the two-up victory.
Sophomore Grant Engle battled his opponent all morning, trading holes before ultimately falling behind late and finishing down two-and-one. Juniors Kevin Stone and Laken Hinton also lost their matches, four-and-two and three-and-one respectively to bring the tally to three all. Since the match ended in a tie, the first tie breaker was to add up the number of holes won which went in favor of Nebraska, 9-8.
Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
Ohio State did not have to worry about tie breakers in the afternoon match, taking the advantage in three matches from the beginning and holding to the end. Chandler ended his match on the 15th green, blitzing his opponent on the first hole and building an insurmountable lead as high as six-up before the course relented and he bagged his second match of the day.
Kvarnstrom also swept the day, going down one on his third hole before responding with winning five of his next nine holes and cruising to a four-and-two victory.
Schmucking played a close second match, leading for the majority and managing to put another point on the board for the Scarlet and Gray at two-up.
Hinton put up the fourth Buckeye point, winning his match two-and-one. Engle and Stone both contributed half a point each, battling to tie their matches and hold the Badgers to just one point.
The Buckeyes get a break tomorrow morning, taking on That Team Up North tomorrow afternoon in the closing matches of the tournament.