(Image courtesy wosga.org, tournament information courtesy pgatour.com, westernamateur.com, usga.org, wvga.org)
Several Buckeyes were/are in action this past weekend and this week. Let’s check in.
Bo Hoag was in Overland Park, KS for the KC Golf Classic. Bo had things going very well in the first three rounds, stumbled a bit in the final round, but still finished T-11th.
Through three rounds, Bo played exceptionally good golf, sitting at -15 to par and in 3rd place. Things got a bit ragged in the middle of his front nine on Sunday. He played a seven hole stretch in +4, which was uncharacteristic for him this week. Two of the holes “featured” 3-putts and one hole was “highlighted” by two penalty strokes. Egads! Bo recovered to birdie two of his last four holes to recover a little ground on the leaderboard. All in all a good four days for Bo.
Tee-K Kelly was in Edmonton, AB for the Syncrude Oil Country Championship. The cut line was 141 (-1) and Tee-K was at 144 (+2). Gah!
Tee-K stated out well enough, posting an opening round 69 (-2). So far, so good. His second round got off to a fair enough start, making the turn at even par 36. In fact, Tee-K was even par through 15 holes. Tee-K bogeyed #16 to go to +1 for the round and level par for the tournament. Unfortunately, another missed fairway off the tee resulted in a penalty stroke and a couple dicey lies. He tapped in for a triple-bogey 7, which pretty much killed his chances of playing on the weekend.
Looking at Tee-k’s play; he had three bogeys and the triple. They were all “abetted” by tee shots that did not land where he intended. Despite 32 well played holes, Tee-K did not play the weekend. The margin of error at this level is very thin.
West Virginia Women’s Amateur
Adeena Shears won the West Virginia Women’s Amateur this past week at Parkersburg Country Club. “Won” doesn’t quite describe it. Amanda’s scores of 68-74-72-215 (-8) blew up the field.
- Her total of 215 was the only score under par.
- Her opening round 68 was the lowest anyone shot in the field.
- Her Final round 72 was the 2nd lowest score.
- Her 2nd round of 74 was tied for 3rd lowest score.
Adeena won by 11 strokes. Adeena had a very pleasant stay in Parkersburg.
Daniel Wetterich was in Northfield, IL for the Western Amateur. This is a high profile amateur event that has been conducted since 1899. The format is 2 rounds of stroke play qualifier (low 44 players), followed by 2 additional rounds of stroke play to determine the low sixteen players. Then, four rounds of match play will determine the champion.
The 36 hole cut line was 137 (-5). Unfortunately, Daniel came in at 143 (+1) to miss the cut. I’m sure this was a disappointment to Daniel, since he’s had a pretty full schedule of amateur events this summer.
U.S. Women’s Amateur
Jaclyn Lee and Amanda Shears are currently in the stroke play qualifier stage.
Jaclyn Lee and Adeena Shears are participating in the U.S. Women’s Open this week.
Daniel Wetterich, Caleb Ramirez and maybe, Justin Wick (he’s an alternate) will be on the Monterrey Peninsula next week for the U.S. Amateur.
Ryan Armour will be playing in the PGA Championship. Bo Hoag in the Ellie Mae Classic. Tee-K will be playing in the ATB Financial Classic and Emma Jandel in the PHC Classic.
A busy week coming up for BuckeyeGolf.
Not much new to report. My last two rounds could be categorized as stretches of good play and sporadic awful play. Driving and short game still pretty good; iron play is very much a work in progress. That’s the way it goes. I’ll get out one more time this week. I think I’ll view it as a practice round to tinker with my iron play.