COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Felix Kvarnstrom had a very solid first season for the Buckeyes and was honored for that performance by being named to the PING All-Midwest Region team.
Kvarnstrom, a Sweden native and graduate transfer from Lynn University, played in every event and led the team with a 72.94 scoring average and posted four top-20 finishes. As a veteran on team that graduated four seniors the previous season, Kvarnstrom stepped up and provided the leadership the team needed. All 18 of his stroke play rounds counted toward the team score. He also had a team-high 57 birdies on the season and led the team in eagles.
It wasn’t just the stroke play events where Kvarnstrom shined. He went 2-1 in his three matches at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village in the fall and was perhaps the best player at the Big Ten Match Play Championship in the spring, winning his three matches 4&3, 4&2 and 6&5.
The abrupt end to the season came at a tough time for everyone but especially Kvarnstrom and the Buckeyes, who seemed to be turning the corner and looked poised for a solid home stretch. Kvarnstrom posted a final round 72 at The Challenge at Concession, which on the surface doesn’t look all that impressive. But it came in tough conditions and was tied for the second-lowest round of the day which helped vault him into a tie for seventh.
The Buckeyes have now had at least one player named to the All-Region Team each of the last 12 seasons. Kvarnstrom follows Will Grimmer and Daniel Wetterich who each earned the distinction last year.