(Image courtesy and tournament information courtesy ladieseuropeantour.com)
Tour golf was somewhat dormant, as far as Buckeyes were concerned. Not for Katja Pogacar, however. Katja had her professional debut on the Ladies European Tour (LET) in Australia.
Ladies European Tour
The LET just completed its Women’s New South Wales (NSW) Open over the weekend. This was Katja’s inaugural event on the LET and she got her career off to a good start. The Coffs Harbour course was set up at a par of 71.
Katja’s four rounds 73-72-74-73-292 (+8) was good enough for T-52nd place. Overall this was good scoring for her first LET event. More importantly, her first two rounds were good enough to make the cut. It’s a pretty big deal for two reasons. First, it validates that Katja can play at this level against these players. Second, it’s probably a good feeling to cash your first check as a professional.
Katja began her opening round on the front nine and birdied the first hole. Birdieing your 1st hole as a professional is a pretty good way to kick off your career. She hit a mid-round speed-bump with consecutive bogeys on holes #8 – #10 to push her round to +2. Katja parred her closing eight holes to get into the clubhouse at 73 (2).
Katja began her second round on the back nine (hole #10) with a birdie. (apparently, Katja shows up at the course ready to play). Two more birdies and a bogey got her to the turn at 34 (-2). Six pars and three bogeys later, her back nine of 38 (+3) got her off the course in 72 (+1). Combined with her first day score, this was good enough to qualify her for weekend play.
In the third round, Katja began on hole #1 again with a birdie!. She was even par for the round after four holes then things went sideways a bit. She played the next three holes in +4 and made the turn in a pretty mediocre 39 (+4). Fortunately, Katja sprinted to the clubhouse with a back nine of 35 (-1) and carded a 74 (+3) for the day. (Clearly, if you have a stretch of ‘not-good’ golf, do it after the cut has been determined, not before).
In her final round,Katja opened on the back nine with a bogey and closed the nine with a bogey to make the turn at 39 (+3). On her back nine, she birdied her first hole and her last hole for a 34 (-1) and a round of 73 (+2).
A couple things of note with stats & stuff:
- Over four rounds, Katja recorded 9 birdies, 15 bogeys and 1 double bogey. Limiting herself to one “bad” hole, the double bogey showed a nice measure of control over her game.
- Some holes she liked: Katja birdied hole #1, 3 of 4 rounds. Some holes she didn’t. She bogeyed #18, 3 of 4 rounds. This is consistent with my belief that some holes suit your game and some don’t.
One other thing: in Katja’s final round, she was paired with England’s Laura Davies. Laura has been a professional golfer for over 30 years and has won over 80 tournaments worldwide. This had to he been a thrill for Katja to golf with a World Golf Hall of Fame member. Due to her on and off course accomplishments, Laura has been knighted by the Queen. So, it’s Dame Laura Davies, DBE, to us blokes.
- PGA: On March 8th, Ryan Armour will tee it up at The Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor, FL.
- Web.Com: On March 8th, Bo Hoag will tee it up at the El Bosque Mexico Championship bu Innova at Leon, Guanajuato, MEX.
- Ladies European Tour: Katja Pogacar will tee it up on March 8th at the Investec SA Women’s Open.