(Image courtesy wosga.org, tournament information courtesy pgatour.com, lpga.com)
There were five Buckeyes on their respective tours last week. They were; Joey Sindelar, Ryan Armour, Bo Hoag, Tee-K Kelly and Emma Jandel. Results were mixed.
Joey Sindelar was in Endicott, NY for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Joey’s rounds of 71-73-69-213 were good enough to place him T-44th at the end of play.
In Joey’s opening round, a well played front nine of 35 (-2) got him to red figures at the turn. A birdie on #11 got him to -3, but bogeys on #14 and #16 gave him a round of 71 (-1).
In his second round, Joey double bogeyed the par-5 third hole, but recovered with birdies on #7 – #8 to make the turn at 37 (E). His back nine began with a bogey and ended with a birdie. The score of 36 (+1) gave Joey a round of 73 (+1) and a two round score of 144 (E). On to Sunday’s play…
In Joey’s final round, he had a fairly benign start with five consecutive pars. Birdies on #6 and #8 got him to -2, but a bogey on #9 got Joey to the turn at 36 (-1). Through the 14th hole, Joey was even par. Birdies on #15 and #17 gave Joey a nine of 33 (-2) and a round of 69 (-3).
As a side note, quite a few years ago, I played the En-Joie Golf Club the Monday following the PGA tournament. At that time it was the B.C. Open. The creator of the comic strip. B.C. was a gentleman named John Hart, who was a native of Endicott, NY. Anyway, the greens hadn’t been mowed in a day, letting them get back to ‘public play’ length, but they were still fast. The other striking feature was the rough. There was no secondary cut; it was fairway -> 4″ rough. It was tough to advance the ball in any meaningful way from the rough. It gave me a better appreciation of the skill set of players at that level of golf.
Ryan Armour played in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC. Ryan put together rounds of 65-68-67-65-265 (-15) to finish T-8th place. That’s some pretty damn fine golf.
In his opening round, Ryan was flawless. Birdies on holes 2, 5 and 7 got him to the turn at 32 (-3). Back nine birdies on #12 and #15 gave him a nine of 33 (-2) and a round of 65 (-5).
In the second round, teeing off from hole #10, Ryan carded three birdies on his opening nine to make the turn at 32 (-3). He fell back to earth a bit on his back nine with 8 pars and a bogey for a 36 (+1) and a round of 68 (-2). Clearly, it wasn’t too bad of a fall to earth…
In Saturday’s round, Ryan ran amok on his front nine. Through five holes, he hadn’t made a par; he had 4 birdies and a bogey! He flattened out a bit and was “only -1 through his next four holes to make the turn at 31 (-4). Ryan’s back nine of 35 (+1) was far less eventful, but a round of 67 (-3) is one you want to get posted.
Ryan’s final round had some interesting stretches of play. In his first four holes he was +1, so he hadn’t really shaken Saturday’s back-nine blues. He had a mid-round stretch of eleven holes where he racked up 6 birdies to get his round to -5. At this point, Ryan was passing players so fast he should have been ticketed for speeding. He closed out his round with three consecutive pars for his round of 65 (-5). This round moved Ryan up 5 positions on the leaderboard to clinch a top-10 finish. This was a very good week for Ryan.
Bo Hoag was in North Plains, OR for the WinCo Foods Portland Open. The cut line was 140 (-2). Bo’s rounds of 72-73-145 (+3) were a bit too high to qualify him for weekend play.
Bo started out even par through four holes, A bogey on #6 had him at the turn in 37 (+1). Not bad. Things went bad with a double bogey on the par-3 10th hole, but birdies on #13 and #16 gave Bo a nine of 35 (E) and a round of 72 (+1).
Bo began his second round on hole #10 with a birdie, then paired two more birdies-bogeys to reach the turn at 34 (-1). His back nine was exciting; through four holes Bo was +1 and did not have a par. Two birdies, a bogey and a double bogey did add some color to the scorecard. Bo closed out the side in +2 for a nine of 39 (+3) and a round of 73 (+2).
Tee-K Kelly was in Winnipeg, MN for the Players Cup. The cut line was an eye-popping 138 (-6). Tee-K’s two rounds of 70-76-146 (+2) missed it by a bit.
Tee-K began his opening round on the back nine and immediately got into trouble; he was +4 through three holes. Tee-K bounced back with an eagle(!) on his fourth hole, than ran off five consecutive pars to make the turn at 38 (+2). Tee-K carded four birdies on his back side for a nine of 32 (-4) and a round of 70 (-2). After a horrific beginning, +4 through 3 holes, Tee-K played the next 15 holes in -6. Amazing.
In Tee-K’s second round, he again got off to a slow start with a birdie, 2 bogeys and a double bogey to make the turn at 39 (+3). After a bogey on #10, he gained some momentum with two pars and three consecutive birdies (holes #13 – #15) to get his round back to +1. A triple bogey on the par-5 16th hole sealed the deal regarding weekend play. Tee-K closed with two pars for a nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 76 (+4).
Emma Jandel was in Battle Creek, MI for the Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship. The cut line was 143 (-1). Emma’s rounds of 73-78-151 (+7) were quite a bit over.
In Emma’s opening round, a front nine of 37 (+1) and back nine of 36 (E) got her off the course in 73 (+1) and in pretty decent shape. She’d have to play her second round of -2 or -3 to make the cut, but it was well within her capabilities.
Emma began her second round on the back nine. Two birdies and two bogeys got her to the turn at 36 (E). Not exactly what she needed, but twp or three birdies on her back nine would get to weekend play. It didn’t happen. Emma was +4 through four holes on the back nine and played the remaining five holes in +2 for a nine of 42 (+6) and a round of 78 (+6).
Joey Sindelar will tee off Friday (tee times not set at time of article) in the Boeing Classic. Ryan Armour tees off at 12:44 pm on Thursday with Chez Reavie and Brendan Steele in the Northern Trust. Bo Hoag tees of on Thursday at 9:10 am with Chase Seiffert and John Senden in the Nationwide Hospital Children’s Championship at the OSU Scarlet Course in Columbus, OH.
Not much to report this episode. Driving remains ‘good’, iron play is ‘improving’, wedge play is ‘much improved’ and putting was ‘erratic’.
Highlight was the 18th hole. Short of the green in 2, I feathered a lob wedge to 3′. From there, I 3-putted. A 3-putt from three feet is pretty bad, but I prefer to look at it as a 3-putt from 7′. Initial 3′ putt went 3′ past hole, second putt goes 1′ past hole. 3+3+1=7!