The Cardinal Amateur
Sedgefield CC Pete Dye Course – Greensboro, NC
T21 out of 78 shooting 71–69–73 (+3)
Scoring average – 71 (+1)
24/42 fairways (57%)
30/54 greens (55%)
15/24 up-and-downs (63%)
82 putts (1.5 putts per hole)
1.79 putts per green in regulation
Still need a lot of work on my tee shot game. I’m having to stress and think too much over the ball when I’m hitting a tee shot. My approach shot game felt good, but the numbers bear out that I wasn’t very good at hitting greens either. To be fair, Sedgefield Dye Course has very tough greens to hit. If you’re not spot-on then the ball will land and ricochet off the green. And since you pretty much have to be hitting from the fairway to hit the green, hitting only 57% of my fairways didn’t help me very much. And the reason why I finished over par for the tournament was because I was leaning too heavily on my scrambling. Sure I could’ve got the ball up-and-down more often, but you can only expect so much from the short game, especially at this course.
I felt really good about my putting. I had a lot of one-putts and I can’t remember a time when I hit a putt poorly. I would either misread the putt or hit it with the wrong speed. But everything was rolling on my line. I just didn’t take advantage of the greens I was hitting. Of the 30 greens I hit I only had 8 birdies (my 9th birdie was a chip-in). That’s just not a good enough conversion rate.
Round 3 – 73 (+3)
I had a tough time today. I was playing really well early. I was hitting the ball well and I had only 7 putts through 6 holes. But then for some reason it went south. I do remember thinking over my birdie putt on 6 that I could potentially get into contention. And then I made the birdie and was feeling super confident. I was ready to go even lower. Then one shot after another started not going where I wanted. I was trying just as hard over every shot. I never gave up. But I just didn’t have the game I needed at the right time.
But it’s alright. I got a small taste of the feeling of being in contention and playing well under pressure. And I feel like I played a difficult golf course pretty well for 3 days. So this was an overall win for me.
Round 3 scorecard:
Round 3 stats:
8/14 fairways (57%)
8/18 greens (44%)
4/10 up-and-downs (40%)
27 putts (1.5 putts per hole)
1.63 putts per green in regulation
Tee time: 10:10am on hole #1 playing with Zachary Martin and Ryan Sharpe
Leaderboard going into final round:
Not that far out of it! Just gotta have a good one tomorrow.
Round 2 – 69 (-1)
Even though the score is only a couple lower, I felt like I had a lot more control today. I started feeling more confident on the driver and longer clubs, and I was putting well. Putts were rolling on my line and I had good speed. I also scrambled (when I missed a green it only took me two shots to hole out) really well. Which is partly due to wedge play, but a lot to do with putting. I’m just overall feeling a lot more confident, and I’m adding to that confidence with every shot and putt I hit.
Round 2 scorecard (started on 1)
Round 2 stats:
7/14 fairways (50%)
12 greens (67%)
5/6 up-and-downs (83%)
28 putts (1.56 putts per hole)
1.83 putts per green in regulation
Round 2 tee time: 9:00am on hole #1 playing with Harrison Rhoades and Justin Perdue
Round 1 – 71 (+1)
This course is widely considered to be one of the most difficult courses that we play in amateur golf. It’s tight off the fairway, the bunkers are deep, and the greens are elevated and undulated and small. There were still plenty of good scores, but you can see how many players were at +1 or higher. My first hole was #10 and I got off to a bad start, but I played the rest of the nine fairly solid. And then I came back strong on my second nine. It’s a real test and I feel like I played pretty well to shoot 71. But I know if I can eliminate the bigger mistakes and capitalize on the greens I’m hitting then I can be up there on the top.
Round 1 scorecard (started on 10)
Round 1 stats:
9/14 fairways (64%)
10/18 greens (56%)
6/8 up-and-downs (75%)
27 putts (1.5 putts per hole)
1.9 putts per green in regulation (PPGIR)
Leaderboard after round 1:
Round 1 Tee Time: 10:20am on hole #1 playing with Chandler White and Jordan Smith