It’s been a while since I posted here, but things are going to pick up in a big way now that the first amateur major approaches this coming weekend, the SF City. This weekend was a nice warm up for the many players that braved the cold raining conditions on Saturday, but received a reward in spectacular T-shirt weather we had at the bright and sunny Pacific Grove Golf Links on Sunday.
The tournaments official name is the Amateurgolf.com 2011 Monterey County Four- Ball. The final results can as always be found at http://www.amateurgolf.com
I can’t imagine a more beautiful place on a warm and clear day. Pebble Beach down the road is spectacular, but for a public golf course with green fees under $100, and no gate fee to drive around the perimeter, this place is nothing short of a slice of heaven. The Monterey Bay wraps about 270 degrees around this point of Pacific Grove, where you’ll find some of the most breathtaking coastline anywhere in the world. Okay now back to the golf….I know I’ve been promising some tips on the new chipping technique I’m using, I have to admit I’ve had a hard time getting together with my chipping guru to video some footage of the new technique. This weekend was again another step in the right direction for testing the new technique under pressure before the SF City starts next weekend.
On day one of this event, three teams were tied at 64 (-6) which I felt was quite good considering the conditions. With today’s blue skies and warmer weather I was anticipating lower score and a wining score of at least -12 for two days.
My partner of almost 15 years now Mr. Darryl Donovan was in fine form with his combo long putter from 6ft and out to switching the putter to a side-saddle putter for puts inside 6ft. It’s quite a sight seeing an accomplished player like Darryl (made cut in the US Open and Pebble in 91′, California State Am Champion 2001, and NCGA Champion) use two distinct styles of putting from different distances. Personally I love it as I believe Darryl has a much better chance to convert those demon 4 footers under the gun going saddling vs. the normal putting style.
Darryl started us off with a very nice 6 footer for birdie on the third hole (our first hole today) I followed with up and downs for birdie on the 4th, 5th and 6th hole. Darryl chimed back in with a chip to a foot for our 5th consecutive birdie at number 7. Just as we were cruising along, I was again reminded how tough the game of golf can be. Without really picking a target on #8 I found myself flailing at a drive that cut way right heading for the road alongside the 8th fairway. After Darryl pull hooked his tee shot in the woods, the giddy start stopped in its tracks. Miraculously my ball hit the tree and bounced left and stayed in bounds. After two more shots each I was left with a downhill par saver from 6ft, which I made to salvage a par that could have been a lot worse. The next hole again rocked our smooth sailing with a 3 putt team bogey from about 25 feet. Now we had backed up sufficiently to be concerned.
The back nine was mediocre at best and we turned back to the front at -8 needing some insurance as we knew a low round was out there on this perfect day at the Links. As predicted the fine lads we enjoyed on Saturday Mr. Russell Humphrey and Kevin Wentworth fired a spectacular -10 60 to tie us on the number at -13 for the two days.
Not only did they shoot 60, but in the playoff against us they both stuck tidy shots into the 16th hole to end our day as runner ups. These guys played awfully well to shoot -10 and rumor has it that Russ shot a 63 on his own ball. Congrats to these guys and all the other winners and participants that played this past weekend. More pictures of this beautiful place will follow below.
Since this is coming up on one year since I started this Blog, I have a nice Library of pictures of Harding Park and how I play the course. I will be re-editing these and on Thursday during my practice round I plan to take some new photos of Harding which I’m sure is going to be VERY wet and challenging with no roll. My hope is the greens will be smooth and not to slow. Additionally I hope to have the other promised footage of this new and unique chipping style. STAY TUNED LATER THIS WEEK ON THE SF CITY PREVIEW.