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Ladies European Tour (LET)
Katja was in Scandinavia for the Viaplay Ladies Finnish Open. After an opening 76 (+4), Katja settled in with consecutive 73’s (+1) for a score of 222 (+6) and a T-20th finish.
Katja couldn’t get untracked in her opening round with 6 bogeys and 2 birdies. Her opening nine of 40 was followed by a much better 36. In her 2nd round, she was +4 through five holes, but played the next 12 holes in -4 until a closing bogey gave her a round of 73 (+1).
In her final round, Katja was -2 at the turn, and through 17 holes. A triple bogey on her final hole got her off the course in 73 (+1).
Looking at her scorecard, discounting her final hole glitch, Katja was -5 through her final 30 holes. That’s a pretty damn good stretch of play.
Meanwhile, at the Rustoleum Championship, Bo Hoag and Tee-K Kelly could have used some of the sponsor’s product to knock off the rust. The cut line was -3 to par and Bo’s Thursday/Friday rounds of 76-68-144 (E) precluded him from weekend play. Tee-k’s foray into “AAA ball” had a similar result; his Thursday/Friday rounds of 77-73-150 (+6) ended his tournament.
Bo’s opening round (76) was the stake in his heart. He drove the ball well (316 yards, 93% fairways hit) but his iron game and putting let him down. The irony of his play is that the one fairway he missed, he hit it out of bounds. Combined with a 3-putt, a triple-bogey seven went on the score card. Not a lot of room for error at this level of golf.
Bo did ounce back with a well played 2nd round that featured birdies on 5 of his last 6 holes. That’s a helluva finish. That is definitely a round to build on.
Tee-k’s tournament was likewise done in on his opening round. He averaged a truly impressive 330 yards off the tee, but only hit 57% of his fairways and 56% of his greens in regulation. This was a textbook case of “long & wrong”. The ball-striking misery was compounded by averaging over 2 putts per green. Not good day for Mr. Kelly.
Tee-k played much better in his Friday round. He still drove the ball a looong way (318 yards) but was more accurate (71%) which led to hitting more greens in regulation (66%) and fewer putts (1.8) per hole. This was a good bounce back round for Tee-K.
My last two rounds were similar; horrendous front nine play followed by a pretty good back nine. I think I’ve been lazy firing the right side through impact, so ball striking has been hit & miss. Actually, I’m hitting toward heel and toe and missing center of club face.
Actually, the highlight of the round was using my “early” Father’s Day present; a new carry bag. It is one sweet bag. The only missing feature is it does not channel Ben’s swing.
Oh well, we’ll try it again later this week.
- Will Grimmer is the lone Buckeye in action this week. He will be playing at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. We’re stressing quality over quantity this week. This is a big stage for Will. Good luck, young Mr. Grimmer.