(Photo courtesy Ohio State Athletics Dept. Tournament information courtesy LPGA, Web.com tour.)
On Friday w,e got caught up a bit with Ohio State golfers and with Buckeyes on the pro (PGA, LPGA, Web.com tours). Tonight is a recap of how Bo Hoag and Rachel Rohanna fared this weekend.
Buckeyes On Tour
We have three alum on tour this week; Rachel Rohanna at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic (LPGA), Ryan Armour a the Greenbrier Classic (PGA) and Bo Hoag at the LECOM Health Challenge (Web.com). Today, Friday, is “cut” day on the professional tours. Shoot low enough and you make the cut to play the weekend and earn a paycheck. If you don’t, well, then you won’t. Let’s check in to see how they did:
Bo wrapped up his latest visit to western NY with a T-53 spot with a 282 (-6) score at the LECOM Health Challenge.
After making the cut with a 137 (-7), Bo sat in T-16th place entering Saturday’s 3rd round, or “moving day”. On the tours, Saturday is “moving day” since, if a player is going to make a move to advance up the leaderboard, the 3rd round is a good day to do it.
Unfortunately, Bo “moved” in the other direction on Saturday. It took Bo some time, about five holes, to get untracked as he was +2 for the round at that point. However, birdies on #6 and #7 got him back to even par for the day as he made the turn to the back nine. Bo birdied 2 of the next 3 holes to go to -2 on the day. Things unraveled over the next hour and a half with consecutive bogeys on #13/#14 and a triple bogey on #16. A closing birdie on #18 got him back to +2 for the day.
On Sunday, Bo alternated bogey-par for the first six holes, so things were not looking up. Fortunately, we had a stretch of Bo Knows golf, as he birdied four of his last 11 holes to shot a final round 71.
Saturday’s round and Sunday’s front nine had to be disappointing to Bo, but the last +2 hour stretch of well played golf to close out the tournament has to be encouraging to him.
Bo’s next event is the Utah Bank Championship July 13-16 in Farmington, UT. Good luck, Bo.
Rachel began her third round on the back nine with birdies on #10, #13 and #15 to go to -7 for the tournament. That’s a good move for “moving day”. However, things unraveled a bit as she closed out her opening nine with a bogey and a double to drop back to -4; back to where she started the day. A closing nine of +1 ended her 3rd round with a 73 (+1). Not awful, but after her torrid start…
Sunday’s round again began on the back nine, again with a birdie on #10. Then on #11, Again on #13, #14 and #15. A five birdie opening nine (if you’re counting) pushed her to -8 at the turn. That is an astounding stretch. Rachel scored as many birdies in about an hour an a half as I would need 5 rounds to score. Yikes.
Golf is a momentum game. Once you start to “feel” your game, this can go on for quite a few holes. Could she keep her momentum going? In short, yes. A 1 bogey, 3-birdie closing nine moved Rachel to -7 for the round and -10 for the tournament. Her final round of 65 was the 4th lowest score of the day. If you are going to finish strong, a -7 round will do it.
Rachel’s next event may be the big one; the U.S. Women’s Open July 13-July 16. She is an Alternate to the field. To add further Buckeye flavor to this Championship, Jessica Porvasnik is also an Alternate for this tournament. If either Buckeye gets in, I’ll do the recap.
In local golf, our “gang” had their regularly scheduled round last Thursday. I had a somewhat respectable 84. That number was just under the temperature and a bit less than the heat index. The round was an interesting mix; for fourteen holes I was only +4, not bad for a 9.4. However, I had three doubles and a triple, so four holes accounted for 9 “over par” strokes. That’s pretty bad for any handicap. Four, actually five, bad swings did in my round. And, I can always take solace in Walter Hagen’s approach…
I never played a perfect 18 holes. There is no such thing. I expect to make at least seven mistakes a round. Therefore, when I make a bad shot, I don’t worry about it. It is just one of the seven.
Well, I plan to get in a couple rounds this coming week; maybe I’ll get it figured out.