Scarlet Sunrise: Neal Shipley clinches low amateur, makes Masters cut

IMG_7408by:Andy Backstrom04/13/24


Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise. Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Buckeyes football, recruiting, basketball and more in Scarlet Sunrise.

Ohio State golfer Neal Shipley clinches low amateur, makes Masters cut

Neal Shipley not only made the cut at the Masters, but he also clinched low amateur honors at Augusta National, meaning that he’ll be recognized in Butler Cabin Sunday.

In addition to the champion, the low amateur — or top-performing amateur — is honored Sunday evening after the final round of competition. Given that Shipley is the lone amateur to make the cut, he’s guaranteed that moment after posting rounds of 71 and 76 in his Masters debut.

“I was certainly thinking about low amateur. I thought I had a chance to compete with all those guys, and I thought I showed that yesterday,” Shipley said Friday, via Ohio State Athletics. “In those really tough conditions, to shoot 1-under, that I belong out here. It’s just kind of a matter of proving that.”

Shipley is a graduate student at Ohio State, who transferred in from James Madison and posted five top-20 finishes and one top-10 finish this year with the Buckeyes.

He’s the fourth Ohio State player to make the Masters cut as an amateur. Most notably, Jack Nicklaus finished 13th as an amateur in 1960. And most recently, Clark Burroughs tied for 46th in 1984.

Shipley begins the third round Saturday tied for 30th at 3-over. The Pittsburgh native will be paired with Patrick Cantlay and will tee off at 12:15 p.m. E.T.

Shipley made three birdies in his opening round. Then he kicked off his second round with birdies at holes No. 2 and No. 3. The back nine gave Shipley, and several other golfers for that matter, trouble Friday, in part because of windy conditions. Although he made a pair of birdies at holes No. 13 and No. 15, he also double bogeyed hole No. 11 and bogeyed four others down the stretch.

Still, Shipley is moving on, and, regardless how the weekend goes for him, he’ll be in Butler Cabin Sunday.


Staff Picks: Potential breakout players for Ohio State spring game

The Ohio State spring game is Saturday, and Lettermen Row staff picks are back.

The crew of Spencer Holbrook, Andy Backstrom, Matt Parker, Tim May and Alex Gleitman picked potential breakout players for this weekend’s exhibition.

We stayed away from the no-brainers and dug a little deeper. Check it out here.

ICYMI: Under-the-radar Buckeyes to watch in spring game

ICYMI: Young Ohio State players who can generate buzz in spring game

Expected guest list for Ohio State spring game

The Buckeyes are set to host more than three dozen prospects and their families Saturday in Ohio Stadium. Lettermen Row put all those names in one place.

That includes nine commits from the 2025 class, five-star Bellefontaine (Ohio) quarterback Tavien St. Clair chief among them.

Get the full list here.


Projected Ohio State depth chart ahead of spring game

It’s never too early for a depth chart projection, and there can never be too many of them. So ahead of the spring game, Lettermen Row tried its hand at one for both sides of the ball.

Get our offensive depth chart projection here.

Get our defensive depth chart projection here.

ICYMI: Notes, observations from Buckeyes final practice before spring game

Counting Down

Buckeyes vs. Akron: 141 days
Buckeyes vs. Michigan: 232 days

Are you a Lettermen Row member yet?

Are you ready to get all your latest Ohio State news in one place? Become a member of Lettermen Row today. With your Lettermen Row/On3+ membership, you’ll not only have access to everything that’s happening with the Buckeyes, but you’ll also be able to peruse other fan sites within the network to hear just how rivals are feeling about Ohio State, as well. Make sure to follow along on XInstagram and on Youtube for all the latest Buckeyes news you need to know.

You may also like