(Image courtesy todaysgolfer.co.uk, tournaments results courtesy web.com Tour, schedules courtesy Ohio State Athletic Dept)
Well, this is turning into a pretty good week for Buckeyes on Tour. In the Symetra Tour’s Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, Rachel Rohanna tied the tournament 18 hole score with a first round 67 (-5) to sit tied for 1st place. Meanwhile, in Boise, ID, at the Albertson’s Boise Open, Ryan Armour backed up a first round 64 (-7) with a second round 71 (E) to be T-9th going into weekend play.
Rachel Rohanna slow-rolled her opening round with a bogey on her 2nd hole (hole #11) then birdied #12 to get back to even par, where she stayed through her opening nine holes. Rachel made the turn with a birdie on her tenth hole of the round (hole #1), then went par-par; so far, so good. Then things got exciting; she birdied four consecutive holes to get to -5 for the nine and for the round. Two closing pars gave her a back nine score of 31 and a first round total of 67 (-5).
The other issue in play is the Volvik Race to the Card. The top ten Symentra Tour finishers qualify for their LPGA Tour cards for next season. Currently, Rachel is in 26th position. A win in Arkansas will move her to 15th position. This is a very big deal.
Ryan Armour got off to a good start with two birdies in his first three holes, then scored another birdies amongst five pars for a front nine 33 (-3). A good start, but Ryan was just getting warmed up. He began his back nine with birdies on #10 and #11, went par-par, then birdied three consecutive holes (#14-#16). Whew, -5 in a seven hole stretch. A bogey on #18 was probably annoying, but still, an opening round of 64 (-7) is pretty damn good.
In Friday’s second round, Ryan confirmed the adage that it’s tough to back-to-back great rounds by shooting an even par 71. With an even par round, he didn’t give back any strokes to par, so it’s still a good round.
Interestingly, Ryan hit 13 greens (of 18) in regulation ‘GIR’ on both days. Part of the second round scoring “issue” was accuracy off the tee. He didn’t hit as many fairways, which means his approach shots from the rough weren’t as close to the pin, His putts per GIR were higher in round two and accounted for 3 – 4 additional strokes.
I did manage to muddle around a few holes this week. I played 18 holes on Tuesday and 9 holes on Friday.
Tuesday’s round can best be described as “Well, it was a nice day for a walk with friends” effort. The 85 (42-43) was a result of less-than-sharp iron play and a duller short game. I had a few pars (7) a slew of bogeys and three double bogeys. Since I walk/carry, I look at golf as an exercise; on Tuesday it was an exercise in futility, for the most part.
I got in only nine holes on Friday due to the course being closed until early afternoon. It was site of University of Buffalo cross-country meet. The Bulls did fairly well!
I made a couple swing adjustments (shorter, slower, more upright) and did quite a bit better with a 39. I could have used those swing thoughts on Tuesday. I think at this point of the season, I’m not playing golf; golf is playing me.
The next few days, into early next week will be busy. Either Sunday night or Monday I’ll have the recaps of Rachel’s and Ryan’s efforts. The Ohio State athletics kicks in:
- Football vs Army this afternoon
- Men’s Soccer @ Rutgers on Sunday
- Women’s Golf (East & West Match Play) Sunday through Tuesday
- Men’s Golf (Inverness Invitational) Monday and Tuesday
Plenty of recaps upcoming, please stop by.