(Image courtesy pgatour.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour Latinoamerica)
Tee-K Kelly had a good first two rounds to make the cut on Friday. Let’s check to see how his weekend went.
PGA Latinoamérica Tour
Tee-K finished his first two rounds (70-70-140) at -2 to par which got him into the weekend. Now, he had to take advantage of it. His weekend rounds of 67-69-136, -6) clearly did that. With his strong Saturday/Sunday play, Tee-K finished T-5th.
In Saturday’s round, Tee-K began and ended his front nine with birdies to make the turn t 33 (-2). So, after two hours of play, he was doing as well as the first two days. On the back nine, he bogeyed the tough 488 yard par-4 11th hole, then streaked to the clubhouse. After the bogey, Tee-K strung together pars, then birdied 3 of 4 holes to shoot another -2 and end the day at 67 (-4).
On his Sunday round, Tee-K began with 4 consecutive pars before birdieing the 547 yard par-5th hole. He closed with another 4 pars to make the turn at 34 (-1). He birdied the 488 yard par-4 11th (impressive, since it would take me at least 3 strokes to get to the green) then bogeyed the 479 yard par-4 13th. After 4 consecutive pars, Tee-K finished his round with a birdie on the 571 yard par-5 18th hole to card a final round 69 (-2). Good stuff, Tee-K.
Getting back to the Order of Merit for a moment, entering this event, Tee-K is in 5th place. The top five earn status to to promotion to the next level tour, the Web.com Tour.
He’s still in 5th place, but closed the gap on the players in front of him. Entering the 64 Aberto do Brasil event, Tee-K was approximately $9,000 out of 4th place. After the event, he is $4,000 out of 4th and only $7,500 out of 2nd place. This was a good week for Tee-K.
I believe that Tee-K is getting the hang of this PGA Latinoamérica ‘thing’. In 10 events, Tee-K has made 7 cuts. In his 7 cuts, he has 3 top-10 finishes, including a win at the Puerta Plata DR Open. He’s doing a good job making adjustments to his new life.
I managed to get in a round today in what could charitably be called blustery conditions. It was sunny and in low-60’s today. The issue was wind out of the SSW and South at 20 mph gusting into the low 30’s. Ball trajectories were pretty humorous today. That, and the fairways had just been aerated, so there were some interesting lies as well.
Front nine went pretty well; 5 pars and 4 bogeys for a smooth 39. I parred the first hole, ran four consecutive bogeys then closed with four consecutive pars. It was kind of like Tee-K’s Sunday round, except I was quite a few strokes higher. The back nine was a load; only three pars and six bogeys. If I’d been able to hit the ball more solidly, the back nine wouldn’t have been quite the struggle. However, I didn’t, so it was.
Tee-K goes from east coast to west coast of South America and over the Andes to Lima, Peru for the Lexus Peru Open. The event is October 19 – 21.