Well, since Justin has been begging for it... I guess I'll recount the improbability of yesterday. The title of the post pretty much gives away what happened.
I spent the past couple of weeks doing field work and telling myself that I was doing everything I could to facilitate a win in Open at the unsanctioned tournament on January 1st at Norwalk, Ohio's Great Blue Heron DGC. But even through all of that, I don't think I totally believed I could pull off a win.
We got there at around 11:00 in the morning for the noon tee-off and the ground had barely so much as a fine powdering of snow on the ground. But any fears of bad weather that were allayed by this were brought right back as soon as we got out of the car and realized that the wind was absolutely sick. 20+ mile per hour constants and 30+ mile per hour gusts were the norm over the course of the day.
The first round was kind of divided up into three parts. You had the first part of the round where Hoyle was hot, starting out four under par through the first third before a double bogey on a tough hole that only Schaecterle managed to par (hole 4, the Reverse Truth). Schaecterle caught fire for the next third of the round, and through the middle was three under. Pat Brown was the one that caught on in the final third of the round, going three under through to the finish.
Oh, and then there was my round which was a whole lot of meh. Everybody had 1/3 of a round where he was cold, took a five, took a few fours... I had a birdie here, a bogey there... back and forth. Started out with a birdie on the first whole and never went back under par. A pair of bogeys over the next three holes put me over par and then it was a whole bunch of one over back to even, one over back to even... End result of that round was...
Chris Hoyle - 65
Kyle Schaecterle - 66
Myself - 66
Pat ended up about five over and well out of it off of our card. Everybody else had issues with the wind on the other cards as well and the nearest scores came in at 69.
Due to daylight issues we played only ten holes, the back 10 in the woods. Basically I started off hot and then kept it up with continued hot putting. That was the whole day for me, really. Hot putting. I took three birdies and a bogey in the first four holes to put me a couple under and ahead for good, had a birdie on the next to last hole as well.
Myself - 93 $150
Hoyle - 95 $100
Schaecterle - 97 $50
It was a good day, for sure. I'm going to try to not let my head get too big over it of course. One unsanctioned win isn't much. It felt good though. It was unexpected. And I've got to thank Hoyle for, at the last minute, deciding to go down to the tournament. Without him I wouldn't have had a ride there. Good to see Toledo representing out of town. Congratulations also to Schaecterle who had been playing Open for a good year-plus and finally cashed, he deserved it.
... There, Justin... you happy? Blogged about it!