(Photo courtesy ukgolfguy.com, tournament information courtesy the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Ohio State University Athletics Dept)
(Editor’s Note: Updated to add Rachel Rohanna’s exploits this week on the LPGA Symetra Tour event. Thanks, TH!)
Rachel Rohanna had a good week in the north country, Milwaukee, WI, specifically, with a T-4th finish at the PHC Classic on the Symetra Tour. She went sub-par in each of her rounds (67, 70, 71) in the 54 hole event.
Rachel got her tournament off to a hot start by birdieing her first 4 holes! Bogeys on #7 and #8 stalled her round a bit, but a 3-birdie back nine moved to -5 for the day.
Beginning second round play on the back nine, Rachel gave two strokes back to par with bogeys on holes #10 and #15. She rebounded with back-to back birdies on #18 – #1, then holed two more birdies on her back nine to finish with a strong 70 (-2) to move her to -7 for the tournament.
Rachel got things moving in her final round with a birdie on the par-5 4th hole; the 3rd consecutive day she’d birdied that hole. Another birdie on #6 got her to -2 at the turn and -9 overall. Two bogeys (#10, #17) were partially offset by a closing birdie on her last hole to get, again, to sub-par figures.
Ryan Armour soldiered on with a good weekend performance in Reno, NV this weekend at the Barracuda Championship. He finished with 9 points over the weekend to give him a total of 19 points and a T-61 finish.
After make the cut exactly on the nose with 10 points, Ryan had a fairly uneventful day in regards to scoring points. On his front nine, a birdie on the par-5 8th added 2 points to Ryan’s total.
There was some excitement on his back nine due to an eagle 3 on the par-5 13th hole and a par “save” on the par-5 18th hole. On the 13th hole, a 202 yard 2nd shot set up a 3′ putt for eagle. On #18, Ryan’s 4th shot left him almost 56′ from the hole and an almost impossible putt to save par. I said “almost” because in fact, Ryan did make the unlikely happen.
On the front nine of Sunday’s final round, Ryan picked up a point with a birdie (2 points) and a bogey (-1 point). He began his back nine with five consecutive pars, then finished in a flurry by wrapping two birdies around two bogeys. Another exciting finish by Ryan.
Meanwhile, Bo Hoag is in Hayward, CA August 3 – 6 for the Ellie Mae Classic. His weekend scoring of 137 (69-68) matched his Thursday-Friday scoring to place Bo in a T-40th spot. This was a good event for Bo; his final round score moved him up 15 spots on the leader (and earnings) board for the event.
Bo had a symmetrical front nine on Saturday with 3 birdies, 3 pars and 3 bogeys; a lot of activity with not much movement. On his back nine, he birdied the par-4, 10th hole then parred out in his remaining holes for a round of 69 (-1).
On Sunday, Bo matched his two birdies-one bogey front nine by doing the same on his closing nine. His 68 (-2) was good enough to move him up to 40th place.
The PGA Championship and Solheim Cup (LPGA) will be this coming weekend, but Ryan Armour and Rachel Rohanna will not be participating in their respective events. Tee-K Kelly also has the week off from the Mackenzie Tour.
However, Bo Hoag will be in Springfield, MO to participate in the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Fairways & greens, Bo. There may even be some local golf…
OK, so we had this golf outing at, Fox Valley Country Club. The course was not that long (< 6,200 yards) but it was tight with a lot of trees and a lot of water. I’ve never played this course before, but I understand from those who have that it is a “shot-makers “course.
This course is really a “tale of two nines”; the front nine is fairly flat, aside from a couple elevation changes, but the back nine is like an amusement park ride; the elevations rises, falls and bends. Scoring wasn’t too bad; 40-46-86. I played well on the front nine, not so good on the back nine. Some takeaways:
- On the first tee, my host was emphatic that you need to keep the ball below the hole. He was right; the greens were fast and had a fair number of undulations and slopes.
- The water and trees didn’t give me too much of an issue in the respect that I ended the round with the same ball, a bit worse for wear, that I began the round.
- However, the trees did cause problems due to some errant tee shots on my part. On at least four holes I “short-sided” myself on the dogleg, was blocked from a full shot and had to chip back out into the fairway. I was burning strokes left and right; well… to the right, actually.
- It was a pleasant day, so we all walked and carried/pulled. I think I started to ‘fatigue out’ midway through the back nine. I started to get physically and mentally fatigued. I made a few bad swings and made a few mental errors.
- I was generally satisfied with my round. I had four bad holes; three double bogeys and a triple bogey. One double was on the front nine, the bulk of the carnage was on the back nine.
- Of my 14 strokes over par, the issue was the four holes that accounted for 9 of them. Fourteen holes were played somewhat competently. I did have two birdies, so it wasn’t like I was shanking everything.
- In our group’s 6-6-6 Nassau, I came out to the plus side. I also had good partners when the time was right.