We had an 8:10 AM tee time. We ended up playing in the rain for the first 5 holes or so. This didn’t help our 2nd and 3rd hole in reaching the par 5’s in 2 because the course became softer and longer. But we were still able to get within front edge on both. He made a nice 4-5 foot putt on the 3rd hole for his first birdie of the round.
We had all pars up until the 12th. We were a bit inbetween wedges and chose to go with a little pitching wedge to take spin off. It flew a bit far and left about 18-20 feet down the hill. Ryan put a nice read on it and dropped it right in the center to get to (-2) for the round.
The 13th played 215 yards. It was comfortable 4 iron into a slight breeze. Ryan didn’t hit it very well and and after a poor chip he left himself about 20 feet for par. It was a reasonably flat putt but he stepped up and made a nice putt to keep the round going. A just missed fairway on 14 led to a tough lie that ended Just short left of the green. The chip was left a bit short and the putt missed just low for bogey. This put Ryan at (-1) coming into a few nice birdie holes.
A pulled 4 iron on a short 15th hole led to a 68 yard shot from the rough to a green with a big slope across the middle. The landing area was so small that a ball having no spin wouldn’t stop and ended up on top of the slope. Two putts later we headed to the reachable par 5 – 17th. Ryan hit a nice drive that kicked left and forced him to lay up. He hit pitching wedge to about 5-6 feet and drained the putt.
The 17th hole played 130 yards. It was a very similar yardage to the last hole. Ryan hit it very similar and the ball flew pretty deep leaving some 50 feet for birdie. It was really odd how far the ball flew but what can ya do once it lands. The putt looked good and kept tumbling down the hill before finally dropping in for a fantastic birdie 2. This got Ryan to (-3) for the round.
18 consisted of a great drive and a 9 iron to about 6 feet above the hole. It was a great look down the hill breaking left to right. The putt miss low and ran some 4 feet by the hole. It was definitely more work then you want for par after having 6 feet for birdie, but he rolled it in to shoot (-3) 68. As of right now the cut line is (-3) which is extremely low in comparison to most events. The cut could go to (-7) so we most likely need a solid round to see our first weekend in Boise.
Ryan didn’t play very well overall today but he got it around with a pretty clean scorecard. We had some different elements with cooler temps, rain, and then pretty warm temps so there was a lot to process. Tomorrow should be a bit more consistent with higher heat and compressed golf shots.