(Image courtesy Ohio State Athletic Dept, tournament information courtesy USGA.org, lpga.com)
As good as last week was, this past weekend (June 21-24) wasn’t very good. This will be rather short; we had four Buckeyes in action, but only one made the cut to weekend play. The dramatis personae are: Ryan Armour (PGA), Bo Hoag (Web.com), Emma Jandel (Symetra) and Katja Pogacar (Ladies European).
Ryan Armour was in Cromwell, CT for the Travelers Championship. Ryan’s four round total of 67-71-70-70-278 (-2) placed him in a T-56th.
Statistically, Ryan averaged 284 yards driving (not too bad), 75% fairways hit (excellent: Ryan ranks #2 on PGA in this metric), 72% greens in regulation (pretty good) and -2.45 strokes lost putting (that’s very not-too-good).
Ryan’s overall game looked pretty good in Cromwell, especially his driving and general iron play. He seemed to struggle a bit scrambling for par. The few times that he did miss the green, he rarely converted the par. And, the putting wasn’t too hot. I’ve found that putting can be streaky – once he gets “hot” with the putter, look for some low scores.
Bo Hoag was in Wichita, KS for the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth. The cut line was 141 (+1). Unfortunately, Bo shot a 71-71-142 (+2) and missed the cut by 1 stroke. Ugh.
Bo’s opening round had 3 birdies and 4 bogeys. He was in decent shape until he bogeyed two of his last three holes. Still, Bo was okay. After nine holes in his 2nd round, Bo was +1 for the round and +2 for the event.
Bo opened his back nine with two birdies in five holes to get back to level par for the tournament. However, the round went south with a double bogey 5 on the par-3, 17th hole. He buried his tee shot into a greenside bunker, extricated himself – then 3-putted. I imagine that Bo was pretty damned annoyed at that point.
Emma Jandel played in the Island Resort Championship in Harris, MI. The cut line was 143 (-1). Emma shot a 71-77-148 (+4). Emma was pretty much where she needed to be after an opening 2-birdie, 1-bogey round of 71 (-1).
Through 14 holes in her second round, Emma stood at level par, and with two par-5s yet to play, had a reasonable chance of getting to sub-par numbers again. Her round blew up with a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 6th hole to bump Emma to +4. She parred out to finish her round, but…
Ladies European Tour
Katja Pogacar was in Thailand for the Ladies European Thailand Championship, held at the Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club. The cut line was 148 (+4) and Katja shot a 73-78-151 (+7). Katja wasn’t in too bad shape after her first round of 73 (+1). Unfortunately, she couldn’t get anything clicking in a 6 bogey, no birdie second round of 78 (+6).
That’s a long way for Katja to travel to miss the cut, but any experience like this is good experience for her. Katja is a bit beyond the trip to Cincinnati for the Big Ten Championships.
As a side note, Thai Kanyalak Preedasuttijit won with a score of 273 (-15). Three of the top five golfers and five of the top eight finishers were Thai. I have no idea what they are doing in Thailand, but in the past few years, they are developing some truly world-class talent.
Ryan is in Potomac, MD for the Quicken Loans National. Bo is in Springfield, MO for the Lincoln Land Championship. Emma is in Cincinnati, OH for the Prasco Charity Championship.
I made a couple swing changes last week – really a ‘back-to-basics’ on a couple items. No need to get pedantic at this point. Let’s say that right now, the results are “encouraging.