Brandon Hagy is yet another Cal Bear to win the prestigious San Francisco City Golf Championship in grand fashion defeating Jack Persons 8&7 in the 36 hole final match at Harding park today. Under cloudy skies with occasional rain and wind Jack Persons was not able to continue the wonderful championship run that landed him in today’s final.
I saw Jack’s game in person last Sunday when he didn’t miss inside 15 feet, and looked very comfortable in all aspects of his short game. But after a 36 hole day on Saturday (quarterfinals and semi final matches) even at 18 years old, mental and physical fatigue actually play a bigger role in the short game than long game. Putting is all about controlling your body and nerves, where fatigue is your #1 enemy.
I don’t know Brandon very well, but what I can tell you is how talented the Cal team is from top to bottom. I won’t rattle off all their names, but I’ve played with most of them, and they can flat out play!! The interesting other fact is that all of them play at an acceptable pace of play (now that George Gandranata has graduated, sorry George I love you but you are VERY slow on the course).
I wrote about slow play last week and mentioned that the youngest players are the biggest offenders (I know that’s a stereotype) but it’s true. These younger players need to understand that golf is meant to be played at a brisk pace of 40 seconds per shot (or less) when it’s your turn. Taking up to and over 2 minutes is NOT acceptable!
The NCGA has done a great job with getting the slow players to move with mandatory penalties for falling behind the group ahead of you, and being out of position (still a generous amt of time to play in) Same applies to the USGA events and then onto the professional scene as well. I’m not sure what’s happening at the High School level, but I can assure you that slow play is not high on their priority list, and it’s killing the game.
Congratulations to all the new 2011 Champions in all the flights including the Senior Championship where I haven’t heard who was victorious, but Mark Miller and Herb Jensen I’m sure had one hell of a match.
STAY TUNED FOR THAT CHIPPING TIP I’VE BEEN PROMISING FOR MONTHS