Posted by: randyhaaggolf | June 26, 2012

101 CALIFORNIA STATE AMATEUR AT LA CUMBRE GOES TO ROUND 2

I’ve enjoyed writing this golf blog, but the past 3 months have been quite a challenge for me as I have not played well. Part of the purpose of this blog is to report to you just how difficult this game can be at times, and the things we must do to snap out of a slump. I know why I am not playing well, but I prefer not to publicly write about it, so I’ll give you some of the information in another way. I guess honestly my heart has not been 100% into my game lately. I don’t have that burning desire to kick ass, and perform like I know I can. I’ve been going through the motions lately waiting for disappointment to manifest itself on the course.

Yesterday I was paired with two of the best players in Southern Cal (although Max Homa plays for Cal, he resides in SoCal) These guys shot 65, 69 (Max with the 65 and Jacob Knapp with the 69). Jacob was pissed with his 69, and rightfully so as he had mid iron to 3 of the par fives, and only didn’t reach one of them. Historically I am typically the longest driver of the ball in my group, but these two young stars were flying the ball 30 yards past me. I really don’t mind that as long as my iron game is sharp, which is wasn’t. To think a year ago I advanced to the semi-finals of the State Am, seems like a distant memory, and on a course like La Cumbre at 6500 yards I don’t have a good chance of doing much. It’s a course that doesn’t suit me well, lots of short holes with soft greens where the ball spins a lot. I prefer hard and fast greens, where guys are hitting 5 irons into them, not sand wedge. I witnessed Max Homa dissect this  course with a 65, even after an out of bounds ball after he birdied the opening two holes. So let me review his game for you- He drives it easily over 300 yards, hits his 3 metal 275, chips and bunker play is like a PGA tour pro, hits his irons dead at the flag, and every putt looks like it’s going in. His game reminds me of Michael Weavers game, another Cal player with great potential as a pro. These guys are great players like Peter Tomasulo, but for some reason Peter hasn’t made it on the PGA tour. Playing golf for a living is VERY VERY tough, and to see so many young studs in this event always reminds me about the great odds even the best of the young players face.

I was actually glad that Beau Hossler pulled out of the event to play in Tigers event, the crowd and media attention would have irritated, as I can see every movement with my side saddle putting. It looks like even par 142 will be needed to advance to match play. I need a solid -3 round today, a round I haven”t been able to shoot for a while. Looking back at my short game here are the gory stats – last 3 tournament rounds or 54 holes, I have hit 40 greens in regulation, the other 14 I have made bogey or worse on. That is 0-14 getting it up and down, including being around the green in two on par fives. That is a stat that makes me want to vomit, and today I’ll be heading north on the 101 at about 7pm if that doesn’t drastically change today. The problem is I have no feel for the distance, I keep coming up short, and my putter is not saving me at all. Yesterday I had three power lip outs as my speed was always off. This course demands you to make putts to shoot the low scores (like any course does).

These kids I suspect will go low again today, and I need to join the party, or else this event will end very quickly for me. I hope to report better results, and if you want to follow along the real-time scoring (about every three holes) follow along on this link:

http://www.ghintpp.com/calam/TPPOnlineScoring/ResultsStroke.aspx?id=50

La Cumbre is a beautiful course, although short and not that tight, it is a lot of fun to play. Here are a few photos off my Iphone

view into the 1st green

2nd shot into the short 4th hole

Nice downhill par three 7th hole, I flared my shot into the hazard to the right and made double bogey

tight tee shot on number 8 a 400 yard par 4. Tee shot must be to the left side of the fairway to have a shot to the green

#10 tee shot on this short par five that requires two accurate shots to be putting for an eagle

#13 best par three on the course, this played 225 yards over water.

My advice to all of you that are in a slump- stop your whining, suck it up and work harder that ever on your game!!  I should take my own advice..finally!!!

 


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