(Image courtesy wosga.org, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour, golfstat.com, ohiostatebuckeyes.com )
Now, we are starting to get into the full swing of golf. About time, I say. Below are some not-so-random things going on.
Last week Ryan Armour teed it up at the PGA’s Waste Management Open in Scottsdale, AZ. It was a short week for Ryan, since his opening two round scores of 70-72 (E) weren’t low enough to make the cut. Despite the disappointment, Ryan’s highlight had to have been at the fabled 165 yard par-3 16th hole.
With the stadium seating, the fans are very “interactive” with the players and the players get immediate feedback on what the crowd thought of their tee shots. I think this is one of the best environments in golf. In two rounds, Ryan birdied and parred the hole. I’m pretty sure the crowd, even if it were a late afternoon crowd, approved of Ryan’s performance. Well done, Ryan.
On the Web,com Tour, Bo Hoag had a solid outing at the Panama Championship in Panama City, Panama last week. Bo overcame a 2nd round implosion (76) to shoot a four round total of 283 (+3) and a T-34th spot.
After a disappointing 2nd round score of 76 (look, I’d gladly take a 76 and you would, too) his front nine on the 3rd round didn’t look too promising. He had a six hole stretch with no pars and was +5. At that rate, he wasn’t going t make very many balboas. However, he had 5 birdies on the back nine to sprint home in 30 and an even par round. That is an unbelievably good two hour of golf.
Actual Ohio State Golf
On Monday, the Georgia Southern Individual Intercollegiate concluded play and four Buckeyes participated. Any competitive golf this time of year is a good thing, and the Buckeyes took advantage of the opportunity in the two round event.
In the 50 player field, Will Voetsch finished T-5th with a score of 70-76-146 (+2). Will was first round leader with a 70 (-2). Jeg Coughlin III (Jeg 3 sticks) finished T-14 (75-76- 151), Kevin Stone T-23 (75-79-154) and Justin Wick T-39 (86-74-160). As well as Will, Jeg and Kevin played, and they did play well, I want to congratulate Justin for a nice bounce-back second round. Well done, Buckeyes.
Last week, three of my very good friends, Frank, Mike A. and Mike P. met at The Dome to socialize and hit a few shots. Again, we all hit a lot of good shots (disclaimer: it’s almost impossible not to hit good shots on artificial turf) and we spent as much time talking about our grandchildren as we did hitting balls.
When I mentioned this to my son, he responded that it sounded more like an adult day care center. I reminded him, that when he takes their English golden retriever, DaisyLou, to her doggy day care she gets excited to see her “friends”. It’s the same thing with Frank, Mike, Mike and I get together. So, he’s probably right.
We may get out later this week. One interesting note: instead of being ‘manly’ and hitting drivers to “puncture” the lining at the far end of the dome, we have settled in to being ‘smart’ and working on short game target practice. We’ll find out in a couple months if this was the right strategy, but I think it will be…
- On the professional tours, Ryan Armour will be hanging out at the Monterrey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament. I’ve spent a weekend playing golf at Monterrey Peninsula – their are worse places to spend a weekend.
- Bo Hoag has a Web.com Tour event in Bogota, Columbia; the Club Columbia Championship. Bo’s spending a lot of time in Central America lately. Let’s hope he doesn’t need lawyers, guns and money .
- OSUMG – The Ohio State men’s golf team opens it’s Spring schedule with the Big Ten Match Play Championship. The event will be held February 9th and 10th in Palm Coast, FL.
- OSUWG – The Ohio State women’s golf team opens it’s Spring schedule by hosting the 23rd Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, CA. The event takes place February 11th – 13th
- Local Golf – who knows?