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Well, this is turning into a pretty good week for Buckeyes on Tour. Ryan Armour is having a good tournament in Beachwood, OH and Meg Mallon will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Tuesday, September 26th.
In really big news, Ohio State’s Meg Mallon ’85 will be in New York City for ceremonies to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In her 23 year LPGA career, Meg won 18 tournaments, 4 of them majors. Congratulations, Meg.
Rachel Rohanna will be in action in Auckland, New Zealand this coming week, September 28th – October 1st, at the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open. We’ll be recounting her on-course escapades next week.
Ohio State Women’s Golf
Jaclyn Lee was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week for last week. She was recognized for a three day stretch of exemplary golf at the East & West Match Play Challenge. First, Jaclyn was co-medalist for the tow rounds of stroke play. Then, in match play, she was 2-0, leading the Buckeyes to a third place finish.
This is the first BTGoW honor for Jaclyn. Congratulation, young lady. Here’s to many more.
Ryan Armour got off to a good start at the DAP Championship in Beachwood, OH. During Thursday’s and Friday’s opening rounds, Ryan rode an eagle and 8 birdies to a score of 134 (-6). Unfortunately, his weekend play wasn’t nearly as good, shooting 145 (+5). His tournament score of 279 (-1) placed Ryan in t-26th place.
Ryan’s driving distance, driving accuracy and greens in regulation fluctuated through the four rounds, but there may be an explanation in his difference in play via his putting performance. In his first two rounds, he averaged 1.68 putts per green; on the weekend, he averaged 1.87. I know, a .2 differential doesn’t sound like much, but it translated into a total of 6 additional putts over the weekend. Granted, he did have a double and triple bogey on the weekend which accounted to 5 strokes lost to par – but those holes were the result of two, maybe three misplayed strokes. No, the culprit was putting.
However, not all Sturm und Drang for Ryan. There are 25 remaining slots for players to get their PGA Tour card, based upon their performance in the Web.com Tour Finals. With one event to go, Ryan is #4, so he’s in fine shape for The Show in 2018. Seriously, Ryan, that is clutch play.
I managed to get in two rounds this past week. On Monday’s round, I began by alternating ‘par-bogey-par-bogey, etc) until two mid-round 7’s on easy par-4’s. The game got under control and finished with an 82. Not bad, considering. Thursday’s round was similar, a couple strokes better without the mid-round drama.
I have an upcoming round at a different course scheduled for Tuesday with some old (chronological and enduring) friends. This course appears to favor a fade off the tee rather than a draw. In my ‘bag’, I have driver “A” that hits a lower trajectory, straight/draw shot. Driver “B” tends to be a higher trajectory, straight/fade shot. I’ll probably go with “B”.