(Photo courtesy ukgolfguy.com, tournament information courtesy the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Ohio State University Athletics Dept)
Bo Hoag was in Springfield. MO August 10 – 13 for the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Due to some weather delays, Friday’s 2nd round has spilled into Saturday morning completion. Bo has completed his second round and with a two day score of 71-66-137 (-7) sits, for now, in T-16; well inside the projected cut line of -4.
Bo shot a weekend score of 66-73- 139 (-5) for a tournament score of 276 (-12) and T-39 finish. Saturday’s 66 matched his 2nd round and Sunday’s final round (73) was just… there.
In his 3rd round, Bo was -1 through 6 holes, then stepped on the accelerator to finish with 3 consecutive birdies to make the turn at 32 (-4). Birdies on #15 and #18 brought Bo in at 34 on the back nine for an artful 66 (-6).
Unfortunately, Sunday’s final round was a wisp on the 3rd round. A 2 bogey-1 birdie front nine got Bo to the turn at 37 (+1) and a closing birdie on #18 brought him to level par on the back nine and a round of 73 (+1).
This coming week, Bo is playing at the News Sentinel Open. In the quest to earn a PGA card (top 25 Web.com money winners), Bo sits in 88th place. Frankly, he’s not going to get his card this year, but that’s not all bad. He can get valuable experience while making a living. If he can get more rounds in the 66’s, which he is fully capable of, Bo will do fine.
I managed to get a round in on Monday under hot, humid, soft fairway (see the excuses mounting up?) conditions. The round went quite well (79) with my bacon being saved by some pretty decent wedge play / putting.
The round was saved in the last two holes; I needed to par both of them to break the psychological barrier of 80. On both holes (382 yards, 375 yards) I pushed tee shot into right rough, it 6-iron (short left, short right) of green, wedged to within 6′ and relied on my Acushnet Tartan to hole out for pars.
Short game was encouraging, but slopping tee shots into the rough in clutch moments is not good a good sign. Back at it on Tuesday; I’ll give you up date later this week.
I managed to get two rounds this past week at the Local Muny. Still working on incorporating new setup int my game; slightly open feet and hips, square shoulders. A few wrinkles to iron out, so to speak, but I see some progress. Both rounds were in the low 80’s, so different parts of my game are starting to gel while others are still a “work in progress”.
Of note, in the second round, the ball-striking was improving, but my putting was dodgy. I missed several putts tha I should have made, mostly to the left of the hole. The bad news was I missed quite a few easy putts; the good news is that there was a consistency to my misses, probably an alignment issue.
I’m looking forward to next week’s rounds, since I’ve come across an Old Friend. My original putter, going back well over 40 years, an Acushnet Tartan. It came up missing two years ago, but I recently acquired one (eBay) this week. It looks good in my bag and feels even better. I can’t wait to get it on the course next week. Stay tuned…