I’m quite happy with my first round of the 2014 Salt Lake City Amateur, in moderate to strong winds. I had one bad hole, my 9th (the 485 yard par-4 18th hole as my group started on the back nine). Pulled my tee shot into trees and never found it. Made bogey on the provisional ball for a triple-bogey 7. Right after that though I reached the par-5 first with an iron and two-putted for a birdie. Then made birdie on the short par-4 2nd. Four birdies, four bogeys, one triple, 75. In A-Flight, my flight, I’m sitting at T3. One player shot 72 and a couple others shot 74. Here’s my crazy scorecard. Notice the four hole stretch of birdie, triple, birdie, birdie.
The course conditioning at Bonneville Golf Club is fantastic. The greens are amazingly fast and smooth, just the way I like them. The putter responded. Not only did I make four birdies, but some of those pars included some solid par saves, like hole 8 from about 15 feet.
Before today’s round I need to go to the practice green and work on some chips that cost me strokes. The rough is very deep and thick. Two of my bogeys were a result of chips from that that thick stuff which did not even make the green! Thick.
Feeling good. Can’t wait for today’s round two in 2.5 hours.