Today is another great opportunity for me to get my foot in the door this year. I'm playing in the Nationwide Monday Qualifier today for the Raleigh event. I played a practice round yesterday and made a good number of birdies. It's maybe not your signature MVS course, as it forces some shorter clubs off the tee, but certainly a course I can definitely have some success at. I tee off today at 1:05
This last week went pretty well, for a while at least. I shot a 69 in the first round of the eGolf event in Lake Wylie. The 69 included 7 birdies and 2 Doubles at the Palisades. A great 16 holes of golf, too bad we play 18 holes… I would go on to shoot 74 the next day, but with more incident. I was on 12, sitting at 1-over par on the day, 2-under for the tournament. Waiting to hit 8-iron in on my 2nd shot of a par-5 when I was almost struck with a tee shot from the group behind us. This was the third time we had been driven into on the day, and the second time in 3 holes. I was visably shaken and dumped my shot in a right bunker, made par, and was still rattled on the next tee when I sudo-shanked a 4-iron off the tee into a hazard, leading to a double. There was no confrontation with the players behind us, as they were too slow in playing the hole. But I had a long and frustrated discussion with eGolf officials after the round. And basically received the response, "Sorry, that's too bad, nothing we can do." Obviously a very frustrating day on the course, being in position to shoot a good score on a tough course and have that sort of thing happen, but I'm over it now and looking ahead.
In the unlikely event I don't qualify today, my plan is to head home and prepare for the US Open Sectional qualifier in Columbus. I'm playing June 4th, here's my pairings…
7:00am off the 10th tee at Scioto with Scott Piercy and Nick O'Hern
12:00 off the 1st tee at the Scarlet Course, same pairing
Feeling good about the game, think these qualifiers are two great opportunities I'm about to take advantage of!