(Image courtesy golfadvisor.com, tournament information courtesy pgatour.com. portercup.com, golfstat.com)
This past week, we had five Buckeyes in tournaments across several time zones. They were, Ryan Armour (The Open, Carnoustie, Scotland), Daniel Wetterich (The Porter Cup, Lewiston, NY) and Bo Hoag (Pinnacle Bank Championship, Omaha, NE), Tee-K Kelly (Osprey Valley Open) and Emma Jandel (Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic).
Ryan Armour had an exciting, if not a short-lived week at The Open at the Championship Course in Carnoustie. The cut line was 145 (+3) and Ryan’s rounds of 75-76-151 (+9) freed up his weekend.
Ryan opened with three bogeys on his front nine and made the turn at 39 (+3); a pretty reasonable start in your inaugural Open on a brutal course. His back nine play was a bit better with 1 birdie and two bogeys giving him a nine of 36 (+1) and an opening round of 75 (+4).
Ryan’s second round went well enough early on – even par through four holes. However, a three hole stretch (holes #5 – #7) were played in +5 to par and pretty much sealed his fate for the week. Ryan did play the back nine in even par and finished with a birdie on #18, his last hole of the Open.
I was sort of surprised, but not really, that Ryan missed the cut. This was his first major on a links course, I believe, and it was a tough course at that. It requires a different style of play than the typical parkland setting courses that Ryan has the most experience with. It was a nice accomplishment to qualify for The Open. I expect to see Ryan playing in it a few more times.
Daniel Wetterich capped off a grueling week (The Players Amateur in SC, back to Columbus to Qualify for the U.S. Amateur, then up to Lewiston, NY for the Porter Cup.) Indeed, a young person’s sport…
Daniel shot rounds of 68-69-74-69-280 (E) on the 6,871 yard, par-70 course. He finished in a T-19th spot in the field of 90 golfers.
In his eight “nines” of play, Daniel was under par in six of them. On the back nine of his second round, Daniel stumbled a bit coming in for a 36 (+1) and on his third round front nine, he couldn’t get his game in sync and shot a 39 (+4). Aside from two, maybe three holes in the 72 holes played, Daniel was solid and efficient.
Daniel played the par-3s to +4, the par-4s to +2 and the par-5s to -6. Daniel had 47 pars and 14 birdies. So, sixty-one par/sub-par holes on this course is pretty good.
One hole, the 460 yard par-4 17th hole, did give Daniel some angst; in four rounds he played it in +3 to par. But then, for the tournament, the 17th hole was, statistically, the highest score to par, so Daniel’s play is understandable. However, he did play two of the par-5s, the 11th and the 13th, to an aggregate -4 for the event, so that should ease his pain a bit.
Bo Hoag had a good showing at the Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, NE. His rounds of 70-67-72-70-279 (-5) had Bo finish in a tie for 46th spot.
For Bo, his scores were an interesting interplay among driving accuracy, iron play and scrambling. His 2nd and 3rd rounds offer a contrast.
In his 2nd round he hit 9/14 fairways (okie-dokie), 11/18 greens in regulation (pretty meh) and “scrambled”, getting up and down for par on 6 of the 7 holes where he missed a GIR (outstanding). Bo gave back only 1 stroke to par.
In his 3rd round, he hit 6/14 fairways (not good), hit 9/18 greens (really bad) and scrambled for par on 5 of the 9 holes where he didn’t GIR, this giving back 4 strokes.
Statistically for the tournament, Bo averaged 309 yards off the tee and hit 66% of his fairways. He hit 65% of his greens in regulation and averaged 1.75 putts per green in regulation.
Tee-K Kelly had a pretty decent showing at the Osprey Valley Open in Caledon, ON. His rounds of 70-68-70-70-278 (-10) had Tee-K finish in a tie for 39th spot. His final round (70) moved him up 20 spots on the leaderboard, so Tee-K made some bank on Sunday.
Tee-K settled into a good rhythm this tournament. In his first three rounds, he averaged 2 bogeys and almost 5 birdies per round. Things were a bit more variable in the final round with 6 birdies and 2 double bogeys, but Tee-K bounced back after a late double bogey to birdie two of his final four holes. That’s a clutch push for lower numbers. Well done.
Emma Jandel was down the road from me in Rochester, NY at the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic. Unfortunately, her visit to the Flower City was too short. Emma’s rounds of 73-75-148 (+4) were three strokes above the cut line of +1.
It looks like a fairly quiet week for BuckeyeGolf. Ryan Armour is in Oakville, ON for the RBC Canadian Open and Emma Jandel is about 385 miles to the east to play in the Fucillo Kia Championship in Albany, NY.
Our Sultans of Swing got together for our Monday round of golf. The ball striking was okay and the score was a pretty ‘bleh’ 84, highlighted by a 3-putt double bogey. So, the Summer of Our Discontent continues. Actually, some good came of this. Towards the end of the round, it occurred to me that with my summer-long fiddling around with my grip, I had significantly weakened it. During the final three holes, I “experimented” with a stronger grip. Not a “strong” grip (see Zack Johnson), just something stronger than I had been using. The draw off the tee came back and iron play was noticeably crisper. On Thursday, we’ll try it for 18 holes to see what happens.