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Well, this is turning into a pretty good week for Buckeyes on Tour. Rachel Rohanna is in Arkansas and Ryan Armour is in Boise, ID.
Rachel stumbled a bit in her second round with a 74(+2) but responded with a well played 68 (-4) final round on Sunday. Her score of 209 (-7) allowed Rachel to finish in T-5th.
Her Saturday round was a bit messy with 4 bogeys and a double bogey. It was somewhat offset by four birdies, but still…
Rachel’s Sunday round was well controlled; only one bogey and five birdies. Her 5th place finish now has Rachel up to 23rd place in the Volvik Race for the Card. She is approximately $20K shy of the tenth position, so she’s still in the game.
Rachel Rohanna slow-rolled her opening round with a bogey on her 2nd hole (hole #11) then birdied #12 to get back to even par, where she stayed through her opening nine holes. Rachel made the turn with a birdie on her tenth hole of the round (hole #1), then went par-par; so far, so good. Then things got exciting; she birdied four consecutive holes to get to -5 for the nine and for the round. Two closing pars gave her a back nine score of 31 and a first round total of 67 (-5).
The other issue in play is the Volvik Race to the Card. The top ten Symentra Tour finishers qualify for their LPGA Tour cards for next season. Currently, Rachel is in 26th position. A win in Arkansas will move her to 15th position. This is a very big deal.
Ryan had a decent enough 3rd round score of 70 (-1), but couldn’t get anything going in Sunday’s final round with a 74 (+3). His four round total of 279 (-5) dropped Ryan to T-51 spot.
Ryan’s third round featured four birdies, but three bogeys took some of the ‘oomph’ out of his initial round scoring. His final round on Sunday was odd in that it did not have any birdies. There were fifteen pars and three bogeys. There just wasn’t a whole lot of scoring happening for Ryan. Some days are like that; it happens. It’s fine.
Ryan Armour got off to a good start with two birdies in his first three holes, then scored another birdies amongst five pars for a front nine 33 (-3). A good start, but Ryan was just getting warmed up. He began his back nine with birdies on #10 and #11, went par-par, then birdied three consecutive holes (#14-#16). Whew, -5 in a seven hole stretch. A bogey on #18 was probably annoying, but still, an opening round of 64 (-7) is pretty damn good.
In Friday’s second round, Ryan confirmed the adage that it’s tough to back-to-back great rounds by shooting an even par 71. With an even par round, he didn’t give back any strokes to par, so it’s still a good round.
Interestingly, Ryan hit 13 greens (of 18) in regulation ‘GIR’ on both days. Part of the second round scoring “issue” was accuracy off the tee. He didn’t hit as many fairways, which means his approach shots from the rough weren’t as close to the pin, His putts per GIR were higher in round two and accounted for 3 – 4 additional strokes.