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Scarlet Sunrise: Maxwell Moldovan set to make third straight U.S. Open appearance

IMG_7408by:Andy Backstrom06/11/24


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Maxwell Moldovan set to make third straight U.S. Open appearance

Maxwell Moldovan’s professional career is off and running. The former Ohio State men’s golf standout just served as a player marker to even out an odd number of players during the first two rounds of the Memorial Tournament at nearby Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Now, Moldovan has been added to the U.S. Open field as an alternate from the Springfield, Ohio, qualifier.

And, so, he will head to North Carolina to play at Pinehurst Resort this week.

Thursday will mark Moldovan’s third straight U.S. Open appearance, and it’s the second year in a row that he’s in the major championship as an alternate.

While Moldovan missed the cut by four shots in his first go-around at the U.S. Open — which was played in Brookline, Massachusetts, that year — he made the cut in the 2023 U.S. Open after shooting back-to-back rounds of 71 at the Los Angeles Country Club. He ended up finishing 65th.

Moldovan will be one of two recent Ohio State men’s golfers taking part in this year’s U.S. Open. He’s joining Neal Shipley, who earned a spot in the field with a runner-up finish in the U.S. Amateur last year. That performance also punched Shipley’s ticket to this year’s Master’s, during which he collected low amateur honors.

Even though Shipley has exhausted his college eligibility, he’ll be competing in this year’s U.S. Open as an amateur, a stipulation of his qualification through the U.S. Amateur.

Shipley led Ohio State in scoring this season with a mark of 71.35. Moldovan, though, ended his Buckeyes stay with the lowest career scoring average in program history at 71.25, not to mention his four career wins and 19 top-10 finishes.

Both Moldovan and Shipley helped Ohio State tie for third at the NCAA Championship this year, the program’s best finish at the event since it won the whole thing in 1979.

This summer, both of them will be on the North American Swing of PGA Tour Americas.

Setting the stage for the second week of summer camps at Ohio State

June is already starting to fly by. The second week of summer recruiting camps at Ohio State is ready to take off. Lettermen Row has you covered.

With two more one-day prospect camps this week — one on Tuesday and one on Thursday — we’re breaking down what to expect, including a healthy dose of 2026 quarterbacks.

It’s also important to note that the Buckeyes are set to host their first high school 7-on-7 camp of the summer on Wednesday. There will be 16 participating teams.

You can learn more about this week’s recruiting happenings here.

Five questions for Buckeyes reloading tight end room

The Lettermen Row position preview series is moving along. We’ve covered the Ohio State quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Now, it’s “Tight Ends Week.”

Second-year Buckeyes tight ends coach Keenan Bailey has a new-look group on his hands. Most notably, he’s dealing with life after Cade Stover.

Stover, who finished second on the team in receiving yards last year, is off to the NFL, where he became a fourth-round pick of the Houston Texans this spring. Bailey has candidly discussed how Ohio State won’t replace Stover with one player — it’s going to take the full room to make up for the captain’s departure.

Before we get any deeper into the position group, we’re tackling five questions facing Buckeyes tight ends. Check it out here.

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