(Photo courtesy Ohio State Athletics Dept, tournament information courtesy The Players Amateur, PGA Tour and LPGA Tour)
We have several Buckeyes in action this week in professional tournaments. And we have some Local Golf. Rachel Rohanna is participating on the LPGA Tour, Ryan Armour in the PGA’s Barbasol Championship, Bo Hoag in the Web.com Pinnacle Bank Championship and Tee-K Kelly on the Mackenzie Tour. We also have an update on Buckeyes qualifying for the U. S. Amateur Championship.
These following professional events will be conducted Thursday through Sunday, July 20-23. I’ll put together, either Friday night or Saturday the results of the first two rounds.
Rachel Rohanna traveled to Sylvania, OH for the Marathon Classic. Unfortunately, her visit was short-lived since her two-day score of 77-72: 149 (+7) failed to make the cut (-1) for weekend play.
On her opening nine on Thursday, Rachel had a five hole stretch that featured 2 birdies, 2 bogeys and a double bogey to make the turn at +2. Rachel couldn’t get anything going on her back nine (+4) to end her first day at 77 (+6).
Rachel opened play on her Friday round with a triple bogey (yikes!) to effectively take her out of the competition. However, she did play the last 12 holes in -3, so there is something positive to build on for her next tournament.
Ryan Armour will be playing this weekend in Opelika, AL. His two round score of 136 (-6) placed him in T-29 after Friday play.
He had a solid enough opening round on Thursday with a -1 70, and scrambled around for a -1 on Friday’s opening nine holes. Ryan made up a lot of ground, and leaderboard positions, with a very well played back nine on Friday. He scored 4 birdies(!) enroute to a 32 (-4) for a well played 66.
Bo Hoag will also play this weekend, making the cut (-1) right on the mark with opening rounds of 71-70 -141 (-1). As long as you make the cut, you get to “cash”; so far, so good for Bo this week.
There wasn’t much going on in Bo’s opening round; 1 birdie, 1 bogey and 16 pars. In his Friday round, it was pretty much the same; 4 birdies and 3 bogeys. There wasn’t much “going low” by Bo, but he played under control with no score being higher than a bogey and there weren’t many of those.
Tee-K Kelly stays north of the border (Montreal) and shot a first round 66 (-4) and sits at T-14. As I write this on Saturday afternoon, the weather delayed 2nd round is under way.
Good luck Buckeyes, let’s have something positive to report in a couple days. Fairways & greens!
2017 U.S. Amateur Championship
The post-debacle adjustments helped me improve play from Monday’s brain-freeze, the game stabilized a bit. Driving remained pretty solid (decent distance and accuracy), iron game improved (somewhat), chipping was inconsistent and putting was “okay”.
Although my game is starting to glom around a ‘good score’, I continue to marvel at the level of play of Rachel, Ryan, Bo, Tee-K, et al. Shooting a ‘good score’ at a fairly innocuous muny course is not nearly in the same league as what the Buckeyes are doing. Two. Different. Games.