(Image courtesy and tournament information courtesy ladieseuropeantour.com)
Buckeye Katja Pogacar had a very good weekend in Morocco. Down south (United States version), Ryan Armour had less success in Texas as did Bo Hoag in Mississippi.
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Katja ventured to sunny Morocco for the Lalla Meryam Cup played at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Blue Course). Katja’s rounds of 71-73-73-72-289 (+1) earner her a Top Ten finish; T-8th to be exact.
Katja opened with a 71 (-1). She got out of the gates slowly, sitting at +3 through six holes. A birdie on #8 got her to the turn at 38 (+2). Her back nine featured 3 birdies enroute to a 33 (-3) and a round of 71 (-1). A good start for Katja, since the day’s low round was 70.
In Katja’s second round, a birdie on #5 had her at -1 through 5 holes before she double bogeyed #9 to get her to the turn at 37 (+1). Her back nine was relatively uneventful, a birdie, a bogey and 7 pars for a nine of 36 (E) and a round of 73 (+1).
Katja got out quickly with birdies on holes #2 and #3. She played the next six holes in +1 to make the turn at 35 (-1). The script was reversed on her back nine; Katja was +3 through #12, then settled in to close out her nine in 38 (+2) and a round of 73 (+1).
Katja’s final round began shakily with three bogeys in her first four holes. A birdie on #7 got her to 38 (+2) at the turn. Through five holes on her back nine, Katja was +1 on the side, but consecutive birdies on holes #15, #16 and #17 gave her a nine of 34 (-2) and a round of 72 (E).
This is Katja’s second consecutive event where she has had a Top-10 finish. She’s averaging a little more than 3 birdies per round, which is pretty good. She’s complemented this by not having many double bogeys, or worse, on her card. Based on the early returns, it appears that Katja is beginning to settle in to Tour Life.
Meanwhile, Ryan Armour was in San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open. His Thursday and Friday scores of 72-77-149 (+5) abbreviated his stay in the Lone Star state. He was 4 shots over the cut line.
Ryan ran into trouble on two holes; he double bogeyed #9 and #18. Those four shots sent him packing prior to weekend play.
Bo Hoag was in Oxford, MS for the North Mississippi Classic. Bo’s stay in the Magnolia state was equally short*. Bo’s rounds of 76-72-148 caused him to miss the cut by 6 strokes.
The issue was struggles on the front nine. In both of his rounds, Bo was +7 on the front nine (pretty bad) but played the back nines in -3 (really good). Unfortunately, the bad outweighed the good this week.
‘* The state flag of Mississippi has the confederate battle flag incorporated into it, so, probably not a bad turn of events.
Ryan Armour is playing in the Zurich Classic in Avondale, LA this week. It’s a two-man, four-ball format. For something a bit different, for teams that make the cut and play on the weekend, they are permitted to choose a team walk-up song. This will be a brief tune played as the players are introduced at the 1st tee on Saturday and Sunday.
For their song, Ryan and his partner, Johnson Wagner a Virginia Tech grad, have chosen ‘Enter Sandman‘.
“Johnson went to Virginia Tech and that’s what the football team comes out to,” Armour says. “I wanted the Darth Vader Imperial March. But it’s OK. I was all right giving in this time because it has meaning for him. And I like the song.”
Bo Hoag is in Newburgh, IN for the United Leasing & Finance Championship. No walk-up music is involved for Bo.
My season finally opened last Sunday. We played in sunny, windy, cool (slacks & sweater vest) weather with the course in “Spring” condition. Overall, I was happy with my tee shots and iron play. Chipping and putting were a challenge, as expected. I did make a handful of what turned out to be bad decisions with club selection, so my course/game management was a bit wanting. Other than that, it was great to get out and finally play.
The 1st hole, an uphill dogleg left par-4, exemplified the round. The tee shot was in the middle of the fairway (a good start!). My 7-iron approach was well struck, but came up short in greenside bunker (mental error). When I got to the bunker, my ball was buried – in a snowbank. A free drop, wedge, two putts later, and we’re off and running.