On a glorious day on the Monterey Coast, Spyglass Hill could not have been more beautiful. With bright sunshine and warmish conditions, Andrew Biggadike, a fellow Olympian shot an impressive 67 to take the first day lead in the 108th NCGA Amateur Championship. Andrew carded 6 birdies against one lone bogey. For those that don’t know Andrew, he is an extremely talented player, and has the ability to go low at anytime. Andrew finished T4 in the US Amateur qualifier at Peninsula CC two weeks ago and is first alternate into the US Amateur. A few years back Andrew shot a 66 at the Olympic Clubs Lake course in the Club Championship qualifier, so I expect Andrew to play well tomorrow. NCGA standouts Kevin Wentworth and Cory McElyea shot impressive 68’s to sit in the T2 spot.
There are 35 players that shot 74 or better, making the cut to 32 players for match play looking like 148 or 149. Typically the scores go up a bit in the second round, but with so many good players I wouldn’t be surprised if 148 was the playoff number if the weather is this nice again tomorrow.
THE COURSE WAS SPECTACULAR!!! I LOVE SPYGLASS, and I love it more and more as every year the conditions at Spyglass get better and better. The conditions were perfect for scoring, soft receptive greens, and smooth and quick greens (but not to fast) the course is manicured to the 9’s making this one of the most enjoyable courses anywhere in the world. What makes Spyglass so great is that every hole is unique and different, unlike Atlanta CC which seemed to have so many similar holes with water and many fairway bunkers. Spyglass is tough because it gives you a little of everything, some short tough Oceanside holes, and some long and short tree lined inland holes. The inland holes 12,14 and 15 do have water in play, which is the right amount for a good visual experience on a championship course. I personally don’t care for courses that need water on almost every hole to create a degree of difficulty. The Olympic Club’s Lake course has no lakes, and one fairways bunker and I can almost guarantee the winning score at the US Open on the Lake course will not be close to -8 as it was at Atlanta CC.
My round could have been spectacular today, but every time I got it going I would cough up a bogey or two. I was hacking and coughing my way around the course. I must have coughed 40-50 times a hole, making it a long round for me. Despite my health, it was hard not to enjoy the beautiful day here at Spyglass Hill. This event is just one of many examples of why the NCGA is the best amateur association anywhere in the world. We have the best schedule of events at the best venues, we have hundreds of volunteers that take their free time to come out and provide support for the NCGA tournament schedule, it’s an impressive association with incredible people running the organization starting at the top with Lyn Nelson who is doing an amazing job guiding the NCGA.
Tomorrow the pressure gets cranked up as players scramble to finish inside the top 32 or it’s back to Highway 1 and home bound. Score link below
STAY TUNED FOR FINAL QUALIFYING RESULTS TOMORROW