(Image courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, tournament information courtesy PGAtour.com, lpga.com, pinehurst.com, usga.org) 

A fair amount of action this past weekend. Seven Buckeyes were involved in significant golf activities this week. The dramatis personae are: Joey Sindelar (Champions), Bo Hoag (Web.com). Tee-K Kelly (Mackenzie), Jaclyn Lee (North & South Amateur), Rachel Rohanna (LPGA), Emma Jandel (Symetra) and Rosie Jones (LPGA/USGA).

Amateur

Jaclyn Lee kicked things off this week with her participation in a top-level amateur event, the North & South Women’s Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, NC. The format is two rounds (36 holes) of qualifying stroke play, which determines the low 32 golfers, who proceed to the match play stage.

Jaclyn had rounds of 75-74-149 (+7) which tied her for 7th place. She was easily inside the top-32 cut line of 155 (+13). On to match play…

In the Round of 32, Jaclyn faced Haylee Harford, of Levittsburg, OH. Jaclyn brought her “A” game and Haylee didn’t; Jaclyn won 5&4. Jaclyn was 4-up at the turn, went to 5-up after the 13th hole and the match was closed out with pars on the 14th hole. Through 14 holes of play, Jaclyn was +1, so she didn’t really give her opponent any openings.

In the Round of 16, Jaclyn faced Allisen Corpuz of Kapolei, HI. This match went down to the last hole, when Allisen birdied it to win the match 1-up. This was really a very well played match. The players were all square on the front nine, both shooting 36 (+1). Jaclyn played the back nine in even par (36) but Allisen had 3 birdies (#13, #16, #18) for a 34 (-2).

This was a tough match to lose; but when you shoot even par and still come out on the short end, it’s still nothing to be ashamed of. This was another good event for Jaclyn. She played well in both the stroke play and match play stages.

LPGA Tour

Rachel Rohanna got back onto the golf course, competitively, as a new mother. She teed it up in Sylvania, OH at the Marathon Classic. This is one of these ‘play yourself back into competitive shape situations. After all, Rachel and her husband have had important things to attend to recently.

The cut line was 142 (E) and Rachel came in quite a bit above it, with scores of 79-75-154 (+12). It’s good to see Rachel getting back into tour events. As for her progress? Baby steps…

Symetra Tour

Emma Jandel was in French Lick, IN for the Donald Ross Classic at French Lick Resort tournament. I’m not sure what there is to do in French Lick, IN on weekends, but unfortunately, Emma had the time to find out. With the cut line at 142 (+1), Emma’s scores of 77-72-149 were a bit over the line.

Her second round, 72 wasn’t too bad, but her opening round, 77 absolutely killed her. It was 5 hole stretch in the middle of her round that did her in. Beginning on the back nine, she played holes #18 – #4 in +8 to par. I’d take solace in the fact that she did play the remaining 13 holes very well; she played them in -2.

USGA

Rosie Jones was in Wheaton, IL for the inaugural  U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Rosie acquitted herself very well. Her rounds of 77-73-71-76-297 (+5) gave her a T-8th place finish.

Statistically, Rosie averaged 229 yards off the tee and hit 75% of her fairways. The course isn’t that long, averaging 6,236 yards, so accuracy off the tee is more important than length. By comparison, winner Dame Laura Davies averaged 254 yards and hit only 59% of the fairways. The difference between the two was iron play; Laura hit 79% of the greens in regulation, while Rosie hit “only” 67%. Both putter comparably – Rosie had 1.72 putts per green and Laura had 1.68.

This was a very good tournament for Rosie. A top-10 finish in any tournament, let alone a major, is a good outing.

PGA – Champions Tour

Joey Sindelar teed it up in Highland Park, IL at the Constellation Senior Players Championship. His rounds of 71-69-73-67-280 (-8) placed him in T-28th. The -5 final round moved Joey up 20 places, so he made some money on Sunday.

Joey’s final round was an example of the “drive for show, putt for dough” adage. He averaged 276 yds per drive, hit 10/14 fairways (not bad) but only 10/18 greens (not too good at this level. His short game was a bacon-saver. He scrambled for par of 7/8 holes and averaged a solid 1.5 putts for the greens he did hit in regulation.

If any round should encourage you to work on your chipping & putting – Joey Sindelar just put on a clinic.

Web.com Tour

Bo Hoag was in Farmington, UT for the Utah Championship.  His rounds of 66-68-67-70-271 (-13) put Bo in T-39th. Bo drove the ball very well, averaging 339 yards and hitting 77% of his fairways. His iron game was exceptionally sharp, hitting 80% of the greens in regulation. His putting – not so sharp, particularly in the final round.

Play went a bit flat for Bo in the final round, as his driving accuracy and GIR went down and his putts-per-GIR went up.

As an aside, for the season, Bo has some interesting stats. He’s 80th of 147 in driving distance. He’s averaging over 300 yards, so he’s still “long enough”. He is 10th in driving accuracy and 15th in GIR, so Bo’s ability to keep the ball in play is outstanding. His putting is ranked 103rd, so I think Bo’s pretty aware of what part of his game needs tuned.

 

Mackenzie Tour

Tee-K Kelly was in Thunder Bay, ON for the Staal Foundation Open. His rounds of 70-70-66-73-279 (-9) placed Tee-K in a T-45th. The Mackenzie Tour did not appear to capture driving distance statistics, but there were a couple thing’s in Tee-K’s pay that stood out.

In his first three rounds, Tee-K hit 62% of the fairways, averaged 74% GIR (greens in regulation) and took 1.70 putts per GIR. His aggregate was -10 to par, so clearly, he was doing something very right. In his final round, he hit 64% of the fairways (kept the ball in play), hit 17/18 GIR (94.4%!) but averaged 2.06 putts per GIR. A fourth round putting performance consistent with his first three rounds would have shaved 5-6 strokes off Tee-K’s score. But, that’s okay; I’d kill to be able to hit 17/18 greens in regulation.

Up Next (1)

In the next day or so, I’ll have recap of the exploits of Will Grimmer, Will Voetsch and Daniel Wetterich at the Players Amateur at Berkeley Hall in Okatie, SC.

Up Next (2)

It looks like Bo Hoag is in Omaha, NE for the Pinnacle Bank Championship.

Of course, the ‘biggie’ is Ryan Armour in Carnoustie, Scotland for The Open.

 

Local Golf

A few months ago a friend suggested that I sign up for a web service ‘TheGrint’ that, among other things serves as a handicap tracker. It also happens to be USGA compliant. If that’s of interest to you. Basically, I enter my scores and the service updates my handicap on the 1st and 15th of each month.

My latest handicap index is almost the same as my last GHIN handicap index, which was 10 years old. In one respect, I could be disappointed that my game hadn’t improved. However, at this point in my life, I’m happy that my game hasn’t deteriorated.