(Photo courtesy istockphoto.com, tournament information courtesy the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Ohio State University Athletics Dept)
Ryan Armour had a two round score of 71-69-140 (-4) to sit in T-58th and make the cut right on the number at the Canadian Open in at Glen Abbey CC in Oakville, Ontario. Through two rounds, Ryan has birdied 8 of the 9 holes on the back nine, one of them, #13, twice. I imagine he can’t wait to get to the back nine this weekend.
Ryan shot 70-72 over the weekend to have a four round total of 282 (-6) and finish T-58th place. On Saturday, his 6 birdie – 4 bogey round took a couple strokes off par.
Sunday was a bit of a struggle for him; after 14 holes, he sat at +3 for the day – definitely moving the wrong direction. However, Ryan birdied 3 of his closing 4 holes to finish level par for the day and regain some of the lost ground.
Bo Hoag and his fellow competitors are in Overton Park, KS this coming week for the Digital Ally Open. They also had an interesting format; due to a rain induced cancellation of Thursday’s round, the 36 hole cut would be after the Friday-Saturday rounds with the tournament concluding with 36 holes on Sunday.
Bo had a great “opening” round on Friday of 66 (-5) to finish T-15th. His Saturday round of 68 (-3) locked him in for the weekend with a two round total of -8 to par. The cut line was -4, so Bo had some breathing room.
Bo’s four round total of 270 (-14) placed him in T-30 position. His opening nine on Sunday was pretty ‘meh’; 1 birdie – 1 bogey even par 35. After a bogey on #10, he was at +1 for the round. At this point, Bo is starting to burn through some cash. Fortunately, he went on a back-nine tear with consecutive birdies on holes #12 – #13 – #14 and birdies on #16 and #17. This flurry put a 67 (-4) on his card and probably put Bo in a better mood for the afternoon round.
He carried the morning round momentum into the afternoon round with a front nine 33 (-2), but stalled on the back nine with an even par 36 and a 69 (-2).
Tramping around for 36 holes on Sunday to shoot a -6 for 36 holes is a good afternoon. He earned some rest. As did his caddy, no doubt…
I didn’t golf today; we are wrapping up my Lovely Bride’s Birthday Week. So, we went out for breakfast, browsed through a couple nurseries and came home with a new hydrangea for our garden. If we can nurse it through the winter, it will be a welcome addition to our landscaping.
Speaking of landscaping, I meant to bring this up last week. I usually play at the local muny course; it is reasonably well maintained, in pretty decent condition and with a town Resident Card, is “value” priced. Two Saturdays ago I played with old friends at a resort-type course that is at the upper end of what I’d like to pay to golf, especially with weekend rates.
This course, although in good condition, was poorly maintained. Perhaps the clients felt that, paying a high enough greens fee entitled them to not bend over to replace their divots nor repair ball marks. The fairways looked like a fur-trapping debris field and the greens as if they just suffered a monumental hail storm.
I think one explanation why the muny course is better maintained is there’s a core group of golfers who consider the muny to be “their” course because of the frequency of play, and as taxpayers, in a sense it is “our” course. We like to keep our course in as good, or better shape, as we pass through a round, as we find it. It’s an obligation and a consideration that we take seriously.
For you others; if you are too damn lazy or indifferent to maintain the course, any course, maybe you need to choose another activity.
(Okay, got that off my chest).
Rachel Rohanna will not be playing in the Women’s British Open in Fife, Scotland from August 3 6.
Ryan Armour will be teeing it up this coming weekend July 31 – August 6 in Reno, NV at the Barracuda Championship.
Bo Hoag will be in Hayward, CA August 3 – 6 for the Ellie Mae Classic.
I’m not sure that Tee-K Kelly will be in Edmonton, AB July 31 – August 6 for the Syncrude Oil Country Championship. I don’t see confirmation that Tee-K is in the field; Monday Qualifying is today. Stay tuned for update at end of week.