Re: Mini Tour play.
Its been a while, finally jumped back into action last week. Played in the 3-day Golden State Tour event at PGA West's Norman course
. (7156y - 75.1/139)
I've been saving my money in order to make my trip to Korean Tour QSchool this year, so to plunk down $700 for this thing wasn't exactly high on my list of priorities. But, this girl that I'm seeing convinced me otherwise. She's a mystic type and did a reading for me which more-or-less read that I need to disregard my worries and follow my through with my plans (dreams). The cards were right. I finished at even par and in a tie for 10th.
A few other determining factors that led me to play was, I love PGA West and I love La Quinta, CA. The courses are nice, the scenery is great and the weather is always perfect. Also, two week back I caddied for my buddy at this very course for his PGA QSchool so I still had the course fresh in my head.Day 1 - 1under, 71
Pretty lack-luster start, already picking up a bogey on the second hole, a par-5 none the less. Got that stroke back on the 5th but preceded to bogey 6 and 7. Six I was actually alright with, that's the hardest hole on the course (481y par-4 dead straight, bunkers in the landing area and playing slightly into the wind) and when I drove my ball too far left into the desert I was really looking at bogey 5 at the best. In anycase on 8 and 9 I have some really good looks at birdie but miss and finish at 2 over after 9. Then it starts. 10, birdie. 11, birdie. 12 a par-5, I'm pin high but off the green in two, but end up with a par... But, back to even. Little faulter on 13 when I bogey, its a tough par-3 with water guarding the right side. It was playing into the wind and I misclubbed. We get to hole 16 and I'm still at 1 over, here comes a reachable par-5, and what do I do with my drive, hit it into a bush, have to take an unplayable and wind up with a 15' par-putt, draino! I was pumped and actually thought to myself, there's two holes left, I should be able to birdie one of them. 17, is a par-3, I practically holed my tee shot, it rolled passed the hole and stopped at around 10' drained that one! Number 18 is the #2 hdcp hole. 461y par-4 with a sliver of a green. Thanfully I found myself with the exact club in my hand and practically the same distance as the shot on the par 3. This one I stuck to 3' and I couldn't have missed that putt. It was going in no matter what. Birdie birdie finish to get myself under par and into 6th place. I was really riding high after that!Day 2 - 3over, 75...
A little better start, kinda. Holes 1 and 2 I had birdie putts of 4 feet and missed both of those. But did drain a 12footer on 3 for birdie. Hole 5, 2' for par, missed. Couldn't believe that one, stupid! Hole 8, a par-5, drove it into another bush another unplayable, but this time no par, bogey... Number 9, fairway bunker to waste area to short to 2' to missed putt to double freakin' bogey! 3-over after 9 this time. A glimer of hope as I continue to rip 10 apart and hit another approach to inside 4' (like the day before). A chance to get another one back on the par-5 12th, front edge of the green in two, chip to 4 feet, but miss that putt! damn. 13 gets me again, when I hit my tee shot to a bunker, make a great out to about 3' and miss that one! What is going on?! After that its par par par par par par par... Bleh. The day of the missed putts! If you were counting that was six from 4 feet or closer, SIX!Day 3 - Sitting in 10th place and the top 10 get paid
Today, the front 9 was mine! Birdie, par, birdie, par, birdie, birdie start. 4-under after 6 holes! Just knocking shots in stiff, which I had been the first two days, but I was making the putts this time too. The birdie on 6 was out of control. The pin was back left and I was in a bunker front right. About a 30y shot, I holed it! So I finish the front with solid looks at birdie on 7 and 8, no go, but do finish at 4under. Oh man I had another great chance on 10, but miss and 11 too. Number 12, Par 5, this time I think I'm gonna birdie for sure. Mini pull off the tee, into, a bush! Unplayable penalty, hit my 4th shot to 3' and miss the par. Ohhh I was pissed about that. But it doesn't phase me. My laser irons are on, and I hit approaches on 13, 14 and 15 all to within 20', but miss eash putt, and just barely on each. 16, par-5. Pull, water, penatly stroke, bogey. Great. I really hurt myself on the par5s, I just checked my cards and I was 4over on the with no birdies. Totally unacceptable! So, instead of really going low after that front nine, I finish at 2-under, not bad. I was happy with that, but oh, what could have been!
Day 1: Fairways: 11/14 - GIR: 12/18 - Putts: 28 - Birdies: 5 - Bogeys: 4 - Penatly: 1 shot
Day 2: Fairways: 10/14 - GIR: 12/18 - Putts: 31 - Birdies: 2 - Bogeys: 3 - Other: 1 - Penalty: 1 Shot
Day 3: Fairways: 11/14 - GIR: 13/18 - Putts: 29 - Birdies: 4 - Bogeys: 2 - Penalty: 2 shotshttp://www.pgawest.com/club/scripts/...RP=13092&NS=PGhttp://gstour.com/results.php?tourna...+Norman+100610