Today was a long and tough day of battle in the semi-final match vs. Hank McCusker and then Michael Harrington in the finals this afternoon. The weather gave us a break, but the course still played long wet and tough. I was able to hold Hank off by only playing three holes over par combined with three birdies for a 3&2 morning win in the Semi Finals. The Finals started off with fireworks with Michael making birdie at #2, I birdied number 3, and we both birdied number four. On the fifth hole I missed a short par putt to go one down, but bounced back with birdie on #6. Michael made birdies on 8 & 9 to go two up at the turn. After we both made par and bogey on 11, it was time to start playing better or face defeat. My legs were tired, and I could seem to get them to fire properly as the fatigue was beginning to set in. On the 12th hole we both made solid pars, but on 13 I hit my approach to 10 feet and made birdie to pull to one down. After we parred the 14th hole we faced the par 5 15th hole where Michael pulled his drive left and into the trees, after an unplayable he again hit the trees, and thought his ball was lost. He yelled over to me that my eagle chip was good, when immediately afterwards his wife/Caddy yelled to him “honey here is your ball”. But it was too late Michael had already conceded the hole to me. This squared the match temporarily as I won 17 with a par to go one up. After two pars on 17 we faced the finishing par 5 18th hole. I hit a perfect tee shot while Michael again pulled his tee shot left resulting in a bogey and a 2 up victory for Haag.
Jeff Burda defeated Jim Knoll 3&2 to win as the number one seed in the Senior Scratch Players side of the event. Jeff won despite a hole in one by Jim Knoll on the tough 11th hole, congrats Jim for the ACE!!!
Mayacama was a great venue for this event, their staff was exceptional and we all look forward to coming back in2013. This was my 5th win in my last 6 events (wins: Olympic Club Championship, NCGA Masters Best Ball. Stocker Cup, Amateur Golf.com Diable Valley Amateur and now the Scratch Players Mid AM. I didn’t win the SF City but was medalist in the qualifier. Later this week I will share some of the reasons why I have been so consistent in the events I am competing in.