clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:


It's termed a great finishing hole.

What the 442-yard, par-4 18th hole did in Friday's first round of the Showdown Classic was not only finish but ruin some rounds of the PGA touring seniors.Take Charles Coody, for example. Coody won Wednesday's pro-am with a 4-under par 68 and was 3-under par Friday going into No. 18. A par would have given him a 69 and put him among the leaders. But he got in trouble off the tee, driving into a bunker on the right side of the fairway. Not only was he in the bunker, but he was up against the front lip of the bunker.

"It was buried," Coody said. So much so, in fact, that he was barely able to get it out with a pitching wedge, the ball lazily angling to the left of the trap then rolling backward to a spot parallel to where it went in - in the fairway but no closer to the green.

A 5-iron put Coody's ball to the right of the green. He pitched on with his fourth stroke but then two-putted for a double-bogey six. "I couldn't sink a putt all day," he lamented.

His playing partner, Miller Barber, was also 3-under par going into No. 18. He fared a little better, getting a nice drive then putting a 5-iron on the fringe of the green. But his chip shot "just popped out of there" and rolled to the other side of the green. He got down in two but it was a bogey, leaving him at 2-under 70.

A bogey on 18 also kept Don Bies from breaking 70. Pre-tournament favorite Bruce Crampton finished off a miserable back nine - he shot a 39 - with a bogey on 18 and finished the day at 73.

The 18th hole played the toughest of all the holes Friday. There were only four birdies but 24 bogeys and six double bogeys. The average score was 4.64 strokes.

The whole course, though, played tough. While there were 22 rounds of par or below, there were more than double that amount over par - 47 - and seven rounds of 80 and over.

Barber, the defending champion, was critical of the greens. He felt they were too slow. "They need to speed up these greens . . . putting is an art in itself . . . good putters like fast greens," he said.

Others, though, didn't think the greens were slow. "Some people thought they were fast," said J.C. Goosie. "I thought they were a good speed myself."

Jim Ferree, who had a 76, said his biggest problem was getting used to the altitude. This is his first time playing Jeremy. "You don't know where the ball's going at altitude . . . anytime you're standing 185 yards away and hitting an 8-iron it's a guessing game. Usually you're hitting it from 140 to 145 yards."

Altitude notwithstanding, Ferree said, "I think it's a lovely golf course."

And, a tough one.