(Photo courtesy ukgolfguy.com, tournament information courtesy Ohio State Athletics Dept., PGA Tour and USGA)

We are moving into the Ides of July and several BuckeyeGolfers are in action this week. Let’s get right down to how they are doing this week.

LPGA Tour

Unfortunately, neither Rachel Rohanna nor Jessica Porvasnik were able to convert their “Alternate” status to participate in the U.S. Women’s Open played this week. Next up for Rachel is the Marathon Classic played in Sylvania, OH this coming week. Fairways and greens, Rachel.

PGA Tour

In Silvis, Illinois, the John Deere tournament is being contested. Ryan Armour failed to advance to the weekend. His two round score of 143 (+1) was outside the cut line of 138 (-2).

His opening front nine of 37 (+2) did not give Ryan the momentum he needed to make the cut. his subsequent 27 holes were played in a respectable -1 to par, but the start just wasn’t fast enough.

Web.com Tour

Meanwhile, in Farmington, Utah, Bo Hoag is having a pretty good tournament. Through two rounds, Bo sits in 39th place with a score of 135 (-7). How’d he get there?

In his opening round on Thursday, Bo slow-rolled his day with an even par 36 on is front nine. He livened things up with a back nine 32 (-4) that had four birdies, including back-to-back on #17-#18 to finish his round. I’m sure that put Bo in a good frame of mind for Friday. The 68 put him in T-35th place.

Bo flipped the script in his 2nd round with a front nine of 32 (-4) that had 2 birdies and an eagle 3 on the par-5 second hole. He couldn’t recapture the magic of Thursday’s back nine, shooting a 37 (+1) for a 2nd round score of 69.

Still, Bo makes it to the weekend and an opportunity to play more golf.

McKenzie Tour

With the PGA Latinoamerica Tour on summer hiatus, Tee-K Kelly headed to cooler climes (Thunder Bay, Ontario) to play in the Mackenzie Tour’s Staal Foundation Open.

Tee-K shot a two day score of 141 (-3) to place him in T-29 and comfortably inside the cut line of -1. Due to darkness, the 2nd round was suspended so Tee-k isn’t officially playing the weekend, but he has a 2 shot cushion and he has to be overtaken by over 25 golfers. I can’t imagine Tee-K not playing.  Tee-K opened with a pretty lackluster 75 (+3) on Thursday. He had a birdie, two bogeys and a double bogey.

Tee-K must have had an epiphany on the practice range prior to round two. He fired a 6-birdie, 12 par round of 66 (-6) to move up the leaderboard by 87 positions! Yes, every shot counts on these tours.

BGA

The Bulgarian Golf Association (oh, you can’t read Cryllic? Try this link) recently held it’s 2017 Bulgarian National Junior Championship. The winner; incoming freshman Sofia Seldemirova.

If you scroll down on the above link, you’ll notice that Sofia has had some success in the Bulgarian National Junior Championship, having also won it in 2015 and 2016. I’m guessing her fellow competitors in this event are as happy to have Sofia come to Ohio State as we are…

Local Golf

Our band of misfits and ne’er do wells got in a round of golf earlier this week, before the thunderstorms hit. The round went a bit better than the previous week’s round; 80 vs 83. In the “83” round I did have a birdie, but slagged around with 3 doubles and a triple bogey. This week was birdie-free (dammit) but only misfired with two double bogeys, so, baby steps…

I’ve a Saturday tee-time with two old (age and long-standing) friends at the course where we used to be joined as a foursome by my brother-in-law. The Glen Oak course, although a little shorter, will be a bit more of a shot-making challenge; it’s a good bit tighter with water and trees potentially coming into play. Let’s hope they don’t.

I’ll be back Monday to recap to professional goings on as well as Saturday’s “amateur hour”.