Golf is the most unpredictable sport ever played. Yesterday my putting severely held me back, while today I made 150 feet of putts with only one missed putt inside 15 feet. The greens at Spyglass Hill are FANTASTIC and seem to get better every year.
Normally I’d prefer to play the back tees, but on a cold and windy day at the Glass, the gold tees were a welcomed change. It would be tough to give you a list of global courses that I like better than Spyglass Hill. Every hole provides a unique and different challenge. I will share one highlight of my day, the 14th pin placement was back in the tiny tier of the green way left. There is only about 5 yards of landing area to this top tier (reminds me of Pebble Beach’s 14th hole). After a very poor 6 iron lay up into the right rough I had 100 yards into a stiff wind. My angle was good, but my club selection of a 54 degree sand wedge was off by about 5 yards, leaving my ball short and into the hill and down some 70 feet away. This uphill putt can be disastrous if left short to roll back down the steep embankment, so my goal was to at least hit my putt past the hole for a chance at a two putt green and escape with my par 5. Earlier on the 8th hole I had left my first putt short and was left with 6 feet for par. After a big backstroke I launched this putt screaming up the steep hill and seconds later to my amazement watched the ball hit the back of the hole and disappear for a birdie 4. This was how my day was rolling as my ball striking was well below average and I relied heavily on the side saddle putting technique that I believe to be the very best way to putt a golf ball (more on this subject later).
Below the NCGA wrote a nice article about the last pairing with me and three of my favorite players Mr. Casey Boyns (who just qualified for the US SENIOR OPEN), my best ball partner and longtime friend Darryl Donovan, and another good friend Jamie Looper. We should have a great time tomorrow, and I’ll be back to give you the blow by blow..STAY TUNED
FROM THE NCGA SITE
The Gods who rule NCGA tournament competition couldn’t have arranged it any better than this.
After Burlingame’s Randy Haag, winner of 11 NCGA titles fired a one-under 70 at Spyglass Hill in the first round of the NCGA Master Division, the moons are in alignment for one of the most highly-anticipated final rounds in an NCGA championship in years. The reason? One stroke behind Haag is the all-time leader in NCGA titles won (14) in the form of Pacific Grove’s Casey Boyns. Haag, who is the defending champion and three-time winner of this event, and Boyns, the 2007 champion, were the only competitors to break par, though there are eight players within three shots of the lead.
The rest of the final group includes past NCGA champions Darryl Donovan of CordeValle (who won the NCGA Four-Ball in May with Haag) and Jamie Looper of Oakdale.
The final round takes place at Poppy Hills tomorrow with starting times beginning at 7:30 a.m.
ALL SCORES CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.NCGA.ORG