Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State's Maxwell Moldovan one of four remaining amateurs in U.S. Open

On3 imageby:Andy Backstrom06/18/23


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Ohio State’s Maxwell Moldovan one of four remaining amateurs in U.S. Open

Ohio State men’s golf rising senior Maxwell Moldovan is one of four remaining amateurs in the U.S. Open. After shooting back-to-back rounds of 71 at the Los Angeles Country Club, Moldovan survived the cut.

A week ago, he earned one of the three final spots in the field as an alternate. Now, entering Sunday, he’s in the running for Low Amateur at a major.

That said, Moldovan will have to enjoy a bounce-back final round to surpass Gordon Sargent, who currently leads all amateurs at +5.

Moldovan is three strokes back at +8 after posting a 75 Saturday.

Here’s where the remaining four amateurs stand:

  • T-50th: Gordon Sargent (+5)
  • T-55th: Aldrich Potgieter (+6)
  • T-59th: Ben Carr (+7)
  • T-61st: Maxwell Moldovan (+8)

Still, regardless of Sunday’s results, the Buckeyes standout has already one-upped his performance from last year’s U.S. Open, where the missed the cut by four shots in Brookline, Massachusetts.

“It’s awesome,” Moldovan told Lettermen Row’s Tim May Monday, less than 24 hours after he learned he made the U.S. Open for the second year in a row. “In my opinion, this is the best experience in golf. Just the whole week itself. Really thankful I was able to get in the field.”

Moldovan not only got in the field, but he’s proceeded to hold his own.

He led Ohio State in scoring average (70.64) for the third consecutive season this year. In the process, he recorded 10 top-10 finishes over the span of 13 events.

Here’s the complete U.S. Open leaderboard heading into Sunday. Rickie Fowler and Wyndham Clark are tied for the lead at 10 under par.

Ohio State quarterback commit Air Noland named to 2023 Elite 11 class

Ohio State quarterback commit Air Noland continued the Buckeyes’ tradition of strong performances at the Elite 11 Finals this week in Los Angeles.

The four-star Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes prospect, ranked the fourth-best 2024 quarterback by On3, was named to this year’s Elite 11 class.

He’s the fourth Ohio State signal caller recruited by Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day and quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis to receive that honor.

To find out what Buckeyes company Noland joined, as well as who else earned a spot in this year’s Elite 11 class, go here.


Examining 2023 Ohio State wide receiver NIL valuations

Lettermen Row “Wide Receivers Week” is coming to an end. But, first, we took a look at how Ohio State’s deepest position group stacks up nationally in On3’s NIL valuation rankings.

Unsurprisingly, Marvin Harrison Jr. headlines the room with a current value of $1.2 million, which puts him 11th among all college football players in NIL valuation, according to On3. 

We overviewed what kind of NIL deals Harrison has signed, as well as how the other 10 Buckeyes scholarship wideouts project in the NIL space.

Check it out here.

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