April 28, 2018

Voetsch’s Sparkling 64 Keeps Buckeyes Near the Lead


BALTIMORE, Md. – Will Voetsch fired a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Saturday to vault himself into second place and give the Buckeyes a real shot at their first Big Ten Championship since 2004.

Behind Voetsch and two other under-par rounds, the Buckeyes carded a 10-under 271 which ties their low round of the season. That was only bested by Illinois which posted a 268 and is just one shot ahead of the Buckeyes. Illinois is 11-under par through two rounds, Ohio State is 10-under and Iowa is third at 3-over par.

Voetsch carded matching nines of 3-under 32, highlighted by a birdie at the long finishing hole, the 496-yard par-4 18th. This was the lowest round of Voetsch’s collegiate career by four shots. He now finds himself in second place alone, just three shots behind 36-hole leader Cole Miller of Penn State.

Daniel Wetterich had struggled a bit by his standards the last couple of weekends but Saturday, he put together a solid round of 2-under 68. Like Voetsch, he paired his card with matching 34s. He heads to the final round in a tie for 13th at 1-over par.

Will Grimmer, who finished runner-up at this event last year, followed his opening round 70 with a 1-under 69 on Saturday and he is 1-under for the tournament. That has him in 12th place.

Jeg Coughlin III had a 67 on Friday and was able to back that up with another good round on Saturday, posting an even-par 70. He remains at 3-under par and is in third place, just four shots out of the lead.

Senior Josh Wick has carded scores of 70 and 72 over the first two rounds which puts all five Buckeyes in the top-20 as he is tied for 20th at 2-over par.

Sunday appears to be a two-team race between Ohio State and Illinois. Those two teams, along with Iowa which is 13 shots back of the Buckeyes, will start at 8:45 a.m. ET. The Big Ten Network will record the final round and will broadcast it beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 7.

2. Ohio State 279 271 -1
2. Will Voetsch 72 64 -4
T3. Jeg Coughlin III 67 70 -3
12. Will Grimmer 70 69 -1
T13. Daniel Wetterich 73 68 +1
T20. Josh Wick 70 72 +2