(Image and tournament information courtesy ladieseuropeantour.com)
Katja Pogacar was in Gam, Switzerland for the VP Bank Ladies Open. It was another good tournament for Katja.
Ladies European Tour Access Series
Katja continued her good run with a top-25 finish in the LET Access Series event, the LV Bank Ladies Open, over the weekend. Her three round scoring of 69-72-72-213 (-3) earned her a T-24th.
Katja opened tournament play on hole #10 with three consecutive pars. A birdie on #14 got her to -1 and four pars kept her there. A birdie on the par-5 18th hole got her to the turn at 34 (-2). She bogeyed hole #1, but birdied 3 consecutive holes, #3 – #5, before a bogey on the 8th hole got Katja into the clubhouse with a nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 69 (-3). A great start.
In round two, Katja opened with nine consecutive pars to make the turn at 36 (E). Through the 16th hole, she was +1 on the side, but a closing birdie on #18 gave her a back nine of 36 (E) and a round of 72. Through two rounds, Katja was -3; the cut line was level par, so she was in good shape.
Katja had a great front nine in her final round. Birdies on #4 and #6 got her to the turn at 34 (-2). She speed bumped her way through the back nine with a birdie and three bogeys for a nine of 38 (+2) and another round of 72 (E).
Statistically, Katja had 10 birdies, 37 pars and 7 bogeys. You’ll notice nothing higher than a bogey. Strokes were not frittered away, which is important when you’re now doing this for a living…
Katja played the par-3s quite well; to an average of 2.92 (-1). The par-4’s were player to 4.03 (+1). Again, really well. She played the par-5s to an average of 4.75, -3 to par. The par-5s were a not that long and she scored well on them. Katja did what she was supposed to do.
I got in my second round of the season on my home course on Wednesday and it went a bit better than my opening round. The temperature was again comfortable and the conditions were, again, soft and windy.
After 45 years, I thought I’d try a change. I tried a new grip – the overlap vs my “old” interlocking. The results were encouraging and interesting. Observations were:
- With the “new” grip, my left wrist was flatter at impact, not quite as “cuppy”. I was hitting lower trajectory, more piercing shots.
- Ball flight tended to be more ‘right to left’. When I gripped in a more neutral position, it seemed to straighten itself out, so to speak.
- I scored significantly better than I did on Monday because, primarily, I made far fewer mental mistakes. Chipping and putting was also much better.
- I need a good many more repetitions to get comfortable, but this change looks good, so far…
We’ll try it again next week. Maybe tee it up a couple of times…
Two Buckeyes On Tour will tee it up this coming weekend. Ryan Armour will be in Pontre Verde Beach, FL for The Players. Bo Hoag will be in Knoxville, TN for the, well, Knoxville Open. Stay tuned.