Monday, November 16, 2015

NFJG - Amelia National - Round 2

The second day was much nicer as Alyzabeth and her Caddie now knew what the course looked like. It has many blind spots, with sloping fairways and very long side bunkers. The weather was slightly better, with more clouds and the wind was not blowing at every hole! AA improved her score by 6 strokes and had no penalties. She would have benefited from playing here a few times before the tournament. We need to set up practice rounds at the courses that are "new" to AA on the tournament schedule. 
Day 2 - AA was paired with the 4th place player (Ethan) while the top three boys were in the next tee time. Many positives about AA's game - 18 putts for the nine holes yesterday and today. Her drives had more roll today and she didn't "leave alot of strokes" on the course. Jack Aschenbach's report on the Foundation players is at the end (below). AA did receive the Girls Foundation trophy, but not the points for first/last place. She received 5th place points in the Foundation Boys division.

A beautiful course with lots of hidden hazards and large undulating greens. Here's Daddy-Daughter together.....
This is her look when she is signalling to me "NO Pictures!!"!
Checking her distance to the flag at the last hole, #9, a Par 5. The bunkers on the sides are very LONG! A narrow fairway leads to the green with another bunker in the middle, splitting the front of the green.
Pacing out her putt.
Receiving the Girls Foundation Trophy.
The boys winners - Phillip (1st) and Jack (2nd).
The good news is that comparing to the older girls first nine holes, AA had a lower score than two of them. She is improving with only her distance that is holding her back and it will come, soon, soon.

From Jack Aschenbach's wrap up newsletter - You no doubt found out this weekend some of the shortest holes on the course can become the toughest, like holes #2 and #16. Hole #2 was actually rated the #1 handicap hole on the course when data was collected from visiting tour and low handicap players, but later converted to #3 handicap hole. Add a little wind to the already difficult course set up and you now have a good test of golf for any level golfer. Add winds with gusts of up to 25 mph and scores can certainly climb quickly and that they did during the opening round.
Foundation: Our Foundation contest would have five in the field including Alyzabeth Morgan, the only female competitor on the day. Tough as nails Alyzabeth once again teed it up with the Boys holding her own against this strong field of nine-holers.  Phillip Dunham would once again show his skills as he continues to dominate the Foundation Boys Division firing a nice 41-40=81. After day one Gavin Fleming was the Foundation leader, but only by one with Dunham breathing down his neck. Jack Roberts was four back. At the start of round two it was Jack Roberts who, said “Not so fast boys” that’s a birdie!  Jack would shoot a very nice 38, but Dunham would birdie the fourth hole to add to his slight lead.  Gavin Fleming would continue to pressure, but on the final hole would suffer and quadruple bogey eight leaving Dunham the Champion once again and Jack Roberts collecting the Runner-up Trophy. {}

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