The course we played is a very strong layout golf course. The wind can blow pretty good out there which is what can really determine what the scores can be.  The course was in very poor shape this year.  People definitely say this course would be awesome if it were in better shape.  Most of the greens had no real grass on them and the fairways were pretty bare.  But as I always say everyone has to play on it so might as well just go with it. 

To me it does bring a stronger element of luck into the equation, but luck will never outweigh the skills a golfer has.  There has been some success at this course.  It definitely gives you birdie opportunities but at the same time has some very difficult holes on property to be aware of. 

Ryan played very solid the first two days.  They issued a few rain delays so it only made our Thursday round 9 holes long. He played the 9 holes in (-2) with one bogey in a torrential downpour. To me that was just fine giving all the starting and stopping and raining and not raining we had to play through. 

Friday morning was significantly colder than any other day.  It provided a new set of challenges making the ball go even shorter.  We had the tough stretch of the golf course to finish so being on your game was going to be a top priority.  He managed to play solid and finished with 2 birdies to shoot an opening round 67. I call it a very strong round based on delays and conditions. 

We went right back off for round 2 only 10 minutes after we finished that first round. He played the back 9 again first and made a birdie and the rest pars. Birdies on his 10&11th holes got him to (-7) for the event. One more birdie on his 16th hole got him to (-8) which is were he would finish his two rounds at.  Back to back 67’s put him around 10th place going to the weekend only 4 shots back.  

We teed off later on Saturday. Ryan all in all wasn’t hitting it that great but he was getting it around very well.  He birdied 2 out of his first 10 holes to reach (-10) for the event with 27 holes left.  At this point we had some tough holes coming up but we’re in great position. 

***(-14) ended up winning this golf event. ***
The 12th hole was a par 5. It was a low percentage shot in my opinion to try and reach the green in two. We laid up to around 90 yards. The wind was blowing straight in which made a standard wedge shot a bit tougher.  It came off a little left, landed on the collar and spun back into the water.  It was definitely a shock to the system knowing bogey was most likely around the corner.  After a drop, pitch and a putt, we made bogey 6 to give one back to the field. The next hole has water all along the right side.  Ryan hit a great drive that I even said good ball too and still ended up catching a small piece of the water.  By hitting it in the water it really makes you have to do well just to make bogey.  It wasn’t in the cards and made double bogey 6 to give two more shots back.  

The 13th is by far the hardest hole on the course when it’s blowing hard. So to give one or two back there against the field is the spot to maybe do it.  The only issue is the 14th hole is equally as tough just because it plays really long as a par 4 into the wind. 

He made pars on those next two holes before 3 putting from 30-35 feet on 16.  At this point we were just trying to salvage something to close out this round. Unfortunately the only thing we could salvage was bogey on 18 after hitting a third ball of the day in the water.  His (+3) 74 dropped him all the way to (-5) for the event.  It was a rough finish to play the last 7 holes in (+5) when we were so close the top of the leaderboard. Sunday would have to be a low one to get anything decent out of the event at this point.  

The final round started with a ball going right, landing a bit firm, and ending up Out of Bounds.  It was obviously the worst start imaginable and was definitely going to make the round that much longer. An opening hole double bogey 7 took about ever bit of wind left in the sails out. To Ryan’s credit he played the remainder of the round in (-2) to shoot an (even) 71. He ended up in a T50 position which is hard to take entering the weekend 40 places higher.  But as long as you are playing the weekend you are chipping away at the big picture.  Live and learn and move on.  The next event is in Leon, Mexico which ends mid and South American travel for the year. 

Stats for the week:

Fairways – 32/52 ( 60.3%)

GIR – 53/72 (73.6%)

Putts – 117 (29.25/Rd)

1 Putts – 29/72 (40.3%)

3 Putts – 1/72 (.01%)

Bounce Back % – (2/8) (25%)

Sand Saves – Hit into 0 bunkers

Up/Downs – 10/12 (83.3%)

Prize Money -T50 – $1581.25

Birdies – 15

Pars – 43

Bogies – 6

+2 Bogies – 2

Front 9 Scoring Ave – 34.5

Back 9 Scoring Ave – 35.25

67-67-74-71 = 279 – (69.75/Rd)