Thursday, August 30, 2012

Short by 1 for Mylan…again

For the second straight year I missed playing in the Mylan classic by a single shot.  I fired a 68 at Green Oaks and finished T-8th of 156 players.  I'm hitting it great and just needed to score better on my final 6 holes.  A few better pitch shots coming down the stretch could have done the trick, or even a couple made putts.  I lipped out a 3-foot par putt on my 13th hole, had 30 yard pitches on my 14th and 15th holes, but made pars both times.  I had a 12 foot eagle putt spin out of the hole on my 16th and then drove it just over the back of the green on the 17th, but left my chip short and settled for par.  On 18, I had a 12 foot birdie putt, but put a crummy stroke on it and missed it left.  It's frustrating to be playing such good golf, and not get the opportunity to play in my hometown event, but I could have scored better.  The short game will continue to be the focus of the next month as I prepare for Q-school and a couple more qualifiers.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Great few Weeks...

Anyone who saw me play this week out at Nemacolin Woodlands in the PA Open will notice one thing… he's back.  The ball-striking, the driving especially, was second to none out there this week.  Ripping driver 300+ yards while hitting fairway after fairway.  The only thing to hold me back this week was a lack of made putts outside 10 feet and a few poorly played short game shots.  The end of the week saw me shoot 71-67-70 (8-under par) to come in 2nd, three shots behind this year's winner, Clayton Rotz, who really had a tremendous start, shooting 66 in the first two rounds.  Still, it was an extremely positive week at Nemacolin after a number of good weeks in a row, going back to my last few eGolf tour starts.

I had a great trip to the Rhode Island Open, the week prior to the PA Open, and the goal was to get practice playing in contention and use it as preparation for the PA Open.  Unfortunately I didn't find my way into contention as -15 would win the 3 round event and I would meander my way to a +1 finish, but I came in 22nd and got most of my entry back.  However, it was clear that there were good things on the horizon.  My first round saw a 63 turn into a 72 when 9 putts hit the hole and did not go in (all from outside 8 feet) which was reminiscent of my 3rd round of Q-school last year.  Just one of those weeks where I couldn't get it going.

My 2nd eGolf tour start in a row was at River Landing in Wallace, NC.  A tough start got me in trouble and I needed a special round to make the cut… I headed to the final hole 4-under on the day and needing a birdie to make the cut.  A couple good shots had me at 10-feet for birdie with a swinging right to left putt.  I drained it, which was huge and got me into the weekend.  But the key is finding yourself in a stressful situation and succeeding.  I shot 1-under the rest of the way after that 2nd round 67, but it was a great positive nonetheless.

Next up on my schedule is the Mylan Classic Monday qualifier on August 27th at Green Oaks.

My apologies for the lack of posts, as I had no internet in Wallace or Rhode Island…that happens with host housing sometimes though.