Posted by: randyhaaggolf | April 26, 2014

2014 COLEMAN WINNERS – Christovich Mid Am Champ & Norton Senior Champ

On a Blustery day at Seminole, the fine play continued for Patrick Christovich who cared a solid 72 final round to become the 2014 Coleman Champion. Bryan Norton also fired a final round 72 to break the Senior scoring record of -1 (215). The course played extremely tough today, with higher winds, and tough final round pin placements. 

My day wasn’t particularly pleasant, despite being in the company of two former USGA Champions (Trip Kuehne US Mid Am Champ & and his brother Hank Kuehne a US Am champion was following along). After 3 glorious rounds at Seminole I am physically and mentally a bit fried, as I commonly tell people that its always going to be my toughest venue of the year with its 188 daunting bunkers, waiting for any slightly miss hit shot.

I don’t want to sound like a whiner, as I just got to play in one of the elite amateur events in the world, with a group of the greatest guys and players in the game. For us all, we like to compete, but even better yet we enjoy seeing the people in the game that we enjoy competing against and forging the life long friendships that are developed at these events. But lets be honest, it suck to play poorly, and you always worry about the next years invitation if you finish in the bottom portion of your flight.

But regardless, Seminole always seems to be the real winner in this event, as it has the respect of the players, and makes us all realize that a course does not need to be 7700 yards to provide a tough test. This gem is probably about 6800 yards, and will test every aspect of your game.

In the final analysis, the putter needs to be in good form to have a chance on these firm and fast surfaces. Your touch needs to be keen and able to anticipate the roll out that you’ll get on this very tough downhill putts. I happily now head to Spyglass for my first ever senior event in the NCGA Senior on Monday and Tuesday. Although I love Spy, I must say I am not so fired up to play senior (am) golf quite yet. I am sure it will be two great days at the Glass, one of my favorite courses in the world.

For those of you considering putting Side Saddle, I want to caution all of you on the time it takes to adjust to this completely different style of putting. BUT if you have no other options, it is a good alternative for sure.

Stay tuned for comments and results from Spyglass

 


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