Harvey Penick Invitational at Austin Country Club – ROUND 1

Sometimes in this crazy game you just scratch your head and laugh. For the second straight tournament round I had a CRAZY front nine with the “wizards wand” which my playing partner coined my putter today. After a routine two putt for par on the first hole, I drained a 12 foot birdie putt on the scary second hole surrounded by water, on the par 5 third hole I had a 4 iron into a green guarded by water on the left, after a wicked shot into the hazard I holed an uphill 15 foot putt for par. On the fourth hole I chipped my second shot into the Lake again, and one putted for a bogey. On the fifth hole, I made a down hill 8 footer for par, followed by a 40 foot uphill slider on #6. On the seventh hole a par five, from 50 yards from the pin, I chunked a sand wedge onto the false front, and had to make a 6 foot down hill slider for a par. On the eight hole I hit it to two feet to go two under on the nine.

The craziest hole was number nine, after a good tee shot, leaving me only 100 yards to the pin, which was at the bottom of a bowl, I pulled my sand wedge shot long and left, leaving me an impossible putt straight down hill. My only option was to hit the putt sideways with one roll of speed. The ball gained speed and after rolling 35 found the bottom of the hole for a crazy birdie and a 33 front nine with 10 official putts. The back nine was just as crazy, and resulted in a very pleasing 69. My sore back after all the travel and consecutive days of golf will be the key to play well in  the last 36 holes. Regardless I am here in Austin and enjoying the great Texas hospitality.

Stay tuned for round two and three coverage. Tournament article below

http://www.golfaustin.org/2013/09/ /noonan-and-kearney-grab-first-round-in-respective-divisions/

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