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Vandegrift Golf Teams Headed to Regional Tournament

 winning team (left – right) Brandon Hoff Cooper Dossey Tobin Niblett Lucas Mylet Sam Chiarelli

winning team (left – right)
Brandon Hoff
Cooper Dossey
Tobin Niblett
Lucas Mylet
Sam Chiarelli

Vandegrift High School will be well represented in the 5A Regional IV Golf Tournaments next week in San Antonio.  In a remarkable effort in the district tournaments, both the boys and girls teams won the top two spots in the district.

The regional tournament will be held in San Antonio at the Golf Club of Texas.
The boys will play April 11-12 and the girls will play April 13-14.

Coach Matt Werneke has commented that Alamo Heights will be their primary competition in the regional tournament.

Additional information about high school golf regional tournaments is available on this website under the My Golf/High School Golf tab.

 

2016 Boys District Results

Team round 1 round 2 total
Vandegrift I 284 297 581 Reg Qual
Vandegrift II 298 317 615 Reg Qual
Cedar Park I 307 310 617 Reg Alt.
Georgetwon I 324 326 650
Dripping Springs 336 364 700
East View 342 358 700
Vista Ridge 341 373 714
Leander I 368 354 722
Cedar Park II 382 351 733
Georgetwon II 383 367 750
Marble Falls 372 388 760
Leander II 428 450 878

    Individual Scores for Boys

Player school round 1 round 2 total
Cooper Dossey Vandegrift 68 69 137
Brandon Hoff Vandegrift 69 73 142
Foster Givens Vandegrift 71 74 145
Daniel Montes Cedar Park 73 74 147 reg qual
Lucas Mylet Vandegrift 74 76 150
Tobin Niblett Vandegrift 73 79 152
Luke Dossey Vandegrift 74 78 152
Ben Dunne Cedar Park 76 78 154 reg qual
Dalton Doerr Vandegrift 76 79 155
Lucas Garza Georgetown 73 83 156 alt 2
PJ Schmitz Cedar Park 78 78 156 alt 1
Matthew Mulrain Vista Ridge 76 83 159
Ryan Palmer Leander 79 80 159
Davis Northcutt Georgetown 80 79 159
Bronson Clark Vandegrift 80 82 162
Jacob Rockefeller Vandegrift 77 86 163
Daniel Martinez Vandegrift 78 86 164
Kole Krieg Cedar Park 80 84 164
Payden Clayman East View 86 78 164
Will Dietlein Georgetown 86 79 165
Zach Lupul Cedar Park 86 80 166
Cameron Caldwell Vandegrift 80 87 167
Jordan Silvers Vandegrift 86 83 169
Chris Cameron Dripping Springs 78 92 170
Phil Price Georgetown 85 85 170
Justin McCarty Cedar Park 82 90 172
Collin Landsdale East View 87 85 172
Michael Guzaldo Dripping Springs 82 91 173
Sam Chiarelli Vandegrift 83 90 173
Alan Mezger Marble Falls 80 88 176

 

Girls District Results

Teams round 1 round 2 total
1 Vandegrift I 303 317 620 Reg Qual
2 Vandegrift II 349 333 682 Reg Qual
3 Dripping Springs 346 360 706 1st alt
4 Vista Ridge I 348 366 714
5 Marble Falls 378 393 771
6 Cedar Park 411 421 832
7 Georgetown 417 419 836
8 Leander 447 431 878
9 Vista Ridge II 454 432 886
10 East View 499 462 961

Girls Individual Results

Player round 1 round 2 total
1 Sophia di Gesualdo 72 75 147
2 Jensen Jalufka 78 77 155
3 Story Shaw 77 81 158
4 Hailey Derrickson 76 84 160
5 Alex Ozuna 71 91 162 Reg Qual
T6 Lindsay Koppel 79 85 164 Reg Qual
Jordan Jalufka 85 79 164
8 Bailey Pehl 82 85 167 1st alt
9 Ashley Teece 83 86 169 2nd alt
10 Kelsey Fuess 87 83 170
T11 Abbie Dunn 90 85 175
Halle Huang 89 86 175
13 Kelsey Kane 89 90 179 3rd alt
14 Kelsie Tackitt 87 93 180
15 Katelyn Jackson 88 93 181
T16 Abby Cloud 90 92 182
Siona Kowlessar 93 89 182
18 Sarah Beamer 88 97 185
19 Abby Zoller 88 99 187
20 Aubry McCarty 96 94 190
21 Delaney Kelley 98 94 192
22 Sabrina Stafin 104 89 193

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Swing Sequences From Dell Match Play

Jason Day

Jason Day

For those of you who were fortunate enough to attend the Dell Match Play Championship and watch the world’s best male golfers hit golf balls, you might have wondered how they do it.  The following swing sequences may give you some insight into how they swing the club.  Click on the link of your choice to access the player swing sequence.  Once you are in the sequence click on the first photo then advance the sequence at your own speed or use the slide show feature.  Enjoy

Click here to see Jason Day

Click here to see Rory Mcllroy

Click here to see Rafa Cabrera Bello

Click here to see Louis Oosthuizen

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Barrett Sandefur Birdies Last Two Holes To Win Spring Championship

Barrett Sandefur's third to the par 5 17th

Barrett Sandefur’s third to the par 5 17th

Barrett Sandefur hit his third shot to the par five 17th hole to three feet and made the putt for birdie to take the lead by one shot over Matt Werneke and Jay Reynolds in the 2016 Spring Championship at Morris Williams Golf Course.  He then birdied the 18th to win with a seven under par total, two shots clear of Werneke and Reynolds.

Sandefur shot 68 in the first round but quickly lost ground with bogies at the first and sixth holes.  He turned with a two over 38 and a two under par total for the championship.  It was slipping away.

Barrett Sandefur and Beth Cleckler

Barrett Sandefur and Beth Cleckler

He then proceeded to play the last eight holes in five under par with birdies on 11, 12, 13, 17 and 18.   His 38-31=69 along with the first round 68 was good for the win.

Meanwhile Matt Werneke, who shot 72 on the first day, had gotten to five under par for the day after 16 holes.  He finished with a bogey on 17 and a birdie on 18 to post 67 and a five under par total for the tournament.

Amy and Matt Werneke

Amy and Matt Werneke

Werneke is the golf coach at Vandegrift High School.  His wife, Amy, was his caddie for the day and they enjoyed a good round and beautiful weather together.  The girls team at Vandegrift has already won the district championship and the boys team is favored to win district when they play this week.

Jay Reynolds made a move with four under par 32 on the front nine to turn in five under for the tournament.

Jay Reynolds enjoys a snack after the round

Jay Reynolds enjoys a snack after the round

He bogeyed the 13th and birdied the 16th and was five under headed into the par five 17th.  His birdie putt lipped out after going 360 degrees around the hole and he made par on the 18th after missing an 18 foot birdie putt.

Sandefur needed only a par on the 18th but he made a 15 footer for birdie to seal the win by two shots.   He claimed the win and the trophy presented by Beth Cleckler, Director of Golf at Morris Williams Golf Course.

The course was in excellent shape and the staff at Morris Williams conducted a quality event.   Thanks to them and the Golf Department of City of Austin Parks and Recreation Division.

Full Leaderboard
Pos Player Thru Total R1 R2 Total
1 Barrett Sandefur F -7 68 69 137
T2 Matt Wernecke F -5 72 67 139
T2 Jay Reynolds F -5 71 68 139
4 Jonathan Alden F E 70 74 144
T5 Chris Hartenstein F +1 73 72 145
T5 Erik Henson F +1 70 75 145
T7 Nickolai Esau F +2 77 69 146
T7 Mike Allen F +2 76 70 146
T7 Greg Smith F +2 74 72 146
T7 Steven Eckelman F +2 72 74 146
T7 Nathan Shilling F +2 71 75 146
T12 Josh Swanson F +3 77 70 147
T12 Jon Roseberry F +3 74 73 147
T12 Robert Evans F +3 72 75 147
T15 George “Bubba” Sykes F +4 76 72 148
T15 Matt Smith F +4 75 73 148
T15 David Backus F +4 71 77 148
T18 Ryan Smith F +5 77 72 149
T18 John Perez F +5 76 73 149
T18 Jeff Shell F +5 75 74 149
T18 Craig Cyr F +5 71 78 149
T22 Ben Carter F +6 80 70 150
T22 Gene Black F +6 77 73 150
T22 Cody Price F +6 72 78 150
T25 Brett Egge F +7 80 71 151
T25 Matt Riley F +7 79 72 151
T25 Jerry Thorn F +7 77 74 151
T25 David Collura F +7 76 75 151
T29 Rodney Thompson F +8 79 73 152
T29 Tommy Norris F +8 79 73 152
T29 Robert Specjal F +8 76 76 152
T29 Bryan Kennedy F +8 75 77 152
T33 Mark Schnabel F +9 77 76 153
T33 Mike Carroll F +9 76 77 153
T33 Daniel Alba F +9 74 79 153
T33 Hudson Hansard F +9 74 79 153
T37 Lee Krassner F +10 78 76 154
T37 Jeremy Williams F +10 76 78 154
T37 Peach Reynolds F +10 76 78 154
T40 Brandon Phillips F +11 80 75 155
T40 Chris Lyles F +11 80 75 155
T40 Steve Paterson F +11 80 75 155
T40 Randy Reynolds F +11 77 78 155
44 Paul Romero F +12 83 73 156
T45 Marco Palacios F +13 80 77 157
T45 James Gustafson F +13 80 77 157
T45 Mike Harkins F +13 77 80 157
T48 Jerry Attaway F +14 83 75 158
T48 William Swofford F +14 80 78 158
T48 Chris James F +14 83 75 158
T48 Jermaine Rakoczy F +14 81 77 158
T48 Manish Bhakta F +14 79 79 158
T53 Joey Mactal F +15 84 75 159
T53 Richard Welch F +15 80 79 159
T53 David Bales F +15 81 78 159
T53 Adam ONeal F +15 74 85 159
T57 Mark Baldree F +16 83 77 160
T57 Matthew Jungman F +16 82 78 160
T57 Christopher Ferraro F +16 81 79 160
T57 Kelly Cramer F +16 80 80 160
T61 Clint Howell F +17 78 83 161
T61 Greg Jones F +17 86 75 161
T63 Bret Hutchens F +19 86 77 163
T63 Jimbo Bechtol F +19 80 83 163
T65 Stephen Castillo F +22 90 76 166
T65 Ken Redfern F +22 84 82 166
67 Joe Booth F +23 84 83 167
68 Myron Jordahl F +25 90 79 169
T69 Jacob Cano F +26 86 84 170
T69 Johnny Jeffers F +26 83 87 170
T71 Glenn Daly F +27 88 83 171
T71 Nathan Neal F +27 83 88 171
73 David Brader F +29 92 81 173
74 Matt Hantelmann F +32 92 84 176
75 Drake Besheer F +33 88 89 177
76 John Haynsworth F +34 89 89 178
77 Sean Durkin F +37 96 85 181
78 Jim Buttles F +40 91 93 184
79 Joseph Calaway F +52 100 96 196
DID NOT FINISH
WD Rob Ormand +9
WD Jan Douglass +21
WD Trevor Spring

 

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Day Triumphs at Dell Match Play Championship

Jason Day - 2016 Dell Match Play Champion

Jason Day – 2016 Dell Match Play Champion

Jason Day defeated Louis Oosthuizen 5&4 to win the 2016 Dell Match Play Championship at Austin Country Club.

Day, fresh off a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, has won six of his last twelve starts and is one of the hottest players in the world.  In fact, he is currently rated number one in the world after his victory at the Dell Match Play Championship.

His journey to the title was difficult, as anyone who watched the coverage knows.  After overcoming back pains from his match with Graeme McDowell, Day was questionable for the following match.  He overcame the problem as well as his opponents in the following matches.  In a post championship interview he indicated he had undergone therapy between matches, after matches and at night.  In total he estimated he underwent about 10 hours of therapy during the tournament.

Aside from his tremendous power and ball striking ability, Day displayed wonderful short game prowess with accurate chipping and precision putting.

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen played beautifully to reach the finals.  But his form faded and he failed to make a single birdie in the final match.  He had opportunities but did not convert the putts like he had in previous matches.

The galleries were there in force and players commented that they really enjoyed the support.

The win by Jason Day continued the dominance of international players in World Golf Championships. They hold the last five World Golf Championships titles;
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), 2015 Dell Match Play
Shane Lowry (Ireland), 2015 Bridgestone Invitational
Russell Knox (Scotland), 2015 HSBC Champions
Adam Scott (Australia), 2016 Cadillac Championship
Jason Day (Australia), 2016 Dell Match Play

 

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Semi-Final Matches At Dell Match Play WGC

Day versus Mcllroy

Gallery watching the Day-Mcllroy match on final hole

Gallery watching the Day-Mcllroy match on final hole

Easter Sunday morning was slightly overcast, cool and windy.  As the day progressed the clouds disappeared, the wind abated somewhat and the spectators had a great day to watch the worlds best players vie for the title of  Dell Match Play champion.  They were not disappointed.

As the gallery around the 18th green watched,  Jason Day and Rory Mcllroy approached the 18th with Day one up.  Both players missed the fairway.

Day was in the right rough and Mcllroy was in the right fairway bunker.  Both approach shots missed the green to the left and faced difficult chip shots to a left pin guarded by steep slopes away from the players

Day's 3rd at 18 in the semi-final match

Day’s 3rd at 18 in the semi-final match

Day was slightly short of hole high.  He played a pitch away from the hole and used the slope of the green to trickle the ball down to about 12 feet to the right of the hole.   It was similar to the famous shot Tiger Woods played in 2005 on number 16 at the Masters when he holed the shot for a birdie and went on to win the tournament in a playoff. (Click on any photo in this article to enlarge it)

Mcllroy was slightly past hole high and played his chip to trickle down the steep slope and finish about 10 feet left of the hole.

Jason Day makes a par putt on 18 to defeat Rory Mcllroy in semi-final match

Jason Day makes a par putt on 18 to defeat Rory Mcllroy in semi-final match

As he watched, Day, who was one up at the time, made his 12 foot putt for par and advance to the final match.  (Click the photo to enlarge)

Both Mcllroy and Day played well in the match.  Mcllroy was bogey free and made four birdies.  Day was three under for the round with one double bogey and five birdies.  While both players displayed awesome power off the tee the match was eventually determined by the players short game.

Day and Mcllroy shake hands after their match

Day and Mcllroy shake hands after their match

Prior to the match both players had commented that putting would be the difference in the match and that proved to be an accurate prediction.  Day’s 12 footer on the final hole  footer of the match was a double breaking putt that went right at first then left at the hole.  He made it for the win.

Oosthuizen versus Cabrera Bello

The other semi-final match pitted South African Louis Oosthuizen against the 31 year old Rafa Cabrera from Spain.

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen

Oosthuizen, a British Open open champion, defeating Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson along the way to the semi-final match. He was obviously playing well. Click here to see how both players progressed through the match play brackets on the way to the semi-final match.

Rafa Cabrera Bello

Rafa Cabrera Bello

Rafa Cabrera Bello is relatively unknown to the American golfing public.  His play at the Dell Match Play WGC moved him into the top fifty in the world rankings and earned him a trip to the Masters.  In watching his form through the week it is easy to see how he can become a top tier player.

Louis Oosthuizen and Rafa Cabrera Bello shake hands after their match

Louis Oosthuizen and Rafa Cabrera Bello shake hands after their match

Oosthuizen established a three up lead after seven holes and appeared to be in command of the match.   Cabrera Bello made a charge with a birdie on the 8th and a par on the ninth to make the turn only one down.

The back nine proved to be difficult for Cabrera Bello as he lost the form he displayed in previous matches.  Meanwhile Oosthuizen made pars and did not give any holes away.  In the end that was all that was needed to win the match.

Scorecards For The Semi-Final Matches

Scorecards of Semi-Final matches

Scorecards of Semi-Final matches

Oosthuizen was one under par and Cabrera Bello was five over par.  The scorecards of both semi-final matches are available in this photo.  Click on the photo to enlarge it and use the back button to return to this posting.

 

After a break for short interviews and some lunch the consolation match between Mcllroy and Cabrera Bello commenced at 2:00 p.m. Easter Sunday.  The championship match between Day and Oosthuizen followed at 2:15 p.m.

 

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Only Four Remain At Dell Match Play WGC

Boyd Morgan with wife Sherry and daughter Sharon

Boyd Morgan with wife Sherry and daughter Sharon

On Saturday the fans were treated to a day of hard fought matches at the Austin County Club as the Dell Match Play Championship entered the elimination matches.

Friends and family made the trip to the course and enjoyed the sights.  Boyd Morgan, a member of Austin Country Club followed Jason Day in the early part of the match and marveled at the power and deft touch of the players.

Click here to see more photos of spectators.

Click here to see photos of players, the course and more.

Beginning the day 16 players remained of the 64 that started the championship.  The morning round eliminated eight of those players and the afternoon matches resulted in four more players exiting the stage.

Only Rory Mcllroy, the defending champion from Northern Ireland,  Louis Oosthuizen from South Africa, Rafa Cabrera-Bello from Spain and Jason Day from Australia were triumphant.  Each faced significant challenges along the way.   Click here to see how they worked their way through the field.

Jordan Spieth shakes hands with Louis Oosthuizen after their match

Jordan Spieth shakes hands with Louis Oosthuizen after their match

Fans were disappointed when Jordan Spieth, ranked number one in the world golf rankings, lost 4&2 to Louis Oosthuizen in their morning match.

Spieth, a native Texan that a few short years ago was playing golf for the University of Texas, was naturally a favorite among the majority of the fans.  After all, the tournament was in Austin, Texas.  Spieth was not at his best and Oosthuizen was steady.

Johnson's birdie putt just missed.

Johnson’s birdie putt just missed.

Oosthuizen also defeated Dustin Johnson 2&1 Saturday afternoon.   Johnson had birdied the 16th hole to get to only one down.  Johnson placed his tee shot six feet from the hole on the short par three 17th while Oosthuizen was about 25 feet away.

Oosthuizen made it tough for Johnson when he made the long birdie putt,  forcing Johnson to make his six foot putt to advance to the 18th hole.  Johnson’s putt burned the right side of the hole and missed.

Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson shake hands after their match

Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson shake hands after their match

Mcllroy will face Jason Day at 9:00 a.m. and Oosthuizen will play Cabrera-Bello at 9:12 a.m Sunday morning.  The winners of those matches will play in the finals Sunday afternoon.  The champion wins $1,600.000.

The two players who lose in the morning will play a consolation match to decide 3rd and 4th.  There is quite a bit of money at stake as well as Fed Ex and World Golf Ranking points so all the players will be motivated.

Of the four players remaining, Cabrera-Bello is the least known to golf fans in the United States.  But, after watching him play several matches, everyone can see his tremendous potential.  He is a powerful player with a deft touch around the greens.  Click here to see a swing sequence of Cabrera Bello.

Jason Day stretches on the 9th green while waiting for Brooks Koepka to putt for birdie

Jason Day stretches on the 9th green while waiting for Brooks Koepka to putt for birdie

Jason Day has played well in spite of a troublesome back.  He continued to display awesome power and towering shots in defeating Brent Snedeker in the morning and Brooks Koekpa in the afternoon.  He is shown here on the 9th hole in the afternoon match stretching as he waited on Koepka’s attempt at birdie.

 

 

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Friday – Dell Match Play WGC

After three days of play, the field of 64 has been narrowed to 16 players who will play for the championship.  Jordon Spieth defeated Justin Thomas to advance and is certainly one of the favorites to make a run at the title.

Patrick Reed beat Phil Mickelson to advance along with Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Zack Johnson and other top players.  Click here to see the brackets and upcoming matches.

Tom Kite

Tom Kite

Tom and David Kite were on hand to watch the players warm up on the practice tee and enjoy the sunshine and temperate weather.

Players and spectators enjoyed a beautiful spring day at Austin Country Club.  The winds were moderate after several days of blustery winds from different directions.

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

It was a welcome respite from the windy conditions of the first three days.

Michael Cooper, a winner of almost every local championship available in the Austin area and a former member of the Longhorn golf team was on hand to watch the action on the practice tee.  Click here to see photos of people at the event.

 

Mcllroy makes a birdie on 9 from 70 feet.

Mcllroy makes a birdie on 9 from 70 feet.

Spectators were treated to some spectacular golf such as the 70 foot put by Rory Mcllroy on the 9th hole.  Mcllroy was one down to Kevin Na and Na had placed his second shot 15 feet from the hole.  Mcllroy was on the front of the green facing a difficult two putt.  The gallery watched the putt as it rolled and rolled and rolled before diving into the cup for a birdie three.  Na missed his putt and the match was even headed to the back nine.

Click here to see shots of players and the various sites of the day.

Saturday’s matches begin early and those who advance through the morning round will play a second match Saturday afternoon.

 

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Austin Fans Turn Out For Fabulous Golf At Dell Match Play WGC

Fans from all over the world witnessed second round matches of the Dell Match Play World Golf Championships.  Austin and all of Texas were well represented and the general reaction from the patrons was “wow, these guys are good golfers” and “this is a great event”.

Steve Paterson and family.

Steve Paterson and family.

For example, Steve and Meredith Paterson were there to enjoy the day and watch a little golf.  Paterson, who was the 2015 Player of the Year in the Austin Amateur Golf Rankings remarked “I want to see Jason Day hit a golf ball”.  After a brief visit at the practice tee, they embarked on their journey around the course to watch the matches.

Fans enjoyed the various facilities located on the course and the great vistas provided by the combination of a bright Spring day, Lake Austin, the Pennybacker bridge, the Pete Dye golf course, manicured grounds of Austin Country Club and the beauty of the central Texas hill country.

Duane and Kathy Kyrish, Lisa and Mike Allen

Duane and Kathy Kyrish, Lisa and Mike Allen

Duane and Kathy Kyrish, former Austinites living in Houston, joined Mike and Lisa Allen in the Grey Goose hospitality tent behind number 11 green and witnessed the drama unfolding on the difficult par three that was playing into the wind.  While they enjoyed the comforts of the hospitality tent, Zach Johnson hit the flag with his tee shot and almost made a hole in one.

Click here to see photos of player swings, patrons enjoying the play and more.

front nine vista at Austin Country Club

front nine vista at Austin Country Club

Friends, family and business associates met on the course and enjoyed the golf and the beautiful day.  One patron was heard to remark “This is like an amusement park while professional golf is being played”.  As one gazed out across the vistas on the back nine, that comment is easy to comprehend.

Among all the distractions of the incredible facilities and views, the world’s best golfers were battling it out for a share of the $9,000,000 purse at the WGC championship.  The story lines are many and varied.

DSC01487For example, Jason Day, fresh off a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, had won his first match on Wednesday but “tweaked” his back and it was questionable whether he would be able to continue to play on Thursday.

After warming up he decided to play and the fans around the 15th green were on hand to celebrate his 5&3 victory over Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.

Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson, some of the best short iron players on tour made quick work of their opponents with quality iron shots and holed putts.  They are looking like players who are suited for the course.

All the of results of the matches are available a the Dell Match Play website.

Friday looks like the winds might abate somewhat and it should be another great day at the course.

 

 

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Windy Wednesday – Tricky Greens

#12 at ACC

#12 at ACC

Spectators were treated to an awesome display of power golf from the worlds best players.  However, the green complexes of the recently renovated Austin Golf Course held their own and presented the players with a balancing challenge.

Click here for the photos of the day.

Players hit short irons into many of the greens but were required to place the ball properly to maintain proper angles for their short shots and putts.  The course proved to be an excellent venue for match play and many holes were decided by the short game.

18 green

18 green

Number 18 is a short par four that is most players hit driver and tried to hit the green.  Very few succeeded and were then faced with a tricky second shot to a back left pin location.  It gave the players fits and very few birdies were recorded.

The forecast for tonight is for a change of wind and possibly some rain.  Players will face a north wind tomorrow and it should be interesting.

 

 

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Wind To Be A Factor At Dell Match Play

Camera Tower on #12

Camera Tower on #12

As evidenced by the flag blowing on the camera tower to the right of #12, players were playing and practicing in a 20 mph breeze with occasional higher gusts on Tuesday.

The forecast is for more of the same on Wednesday with a chance of rain and a switch of wind direction to the north with similar velocities.

As most courses in this area, Austin Country Club is designed for a prevailing southeast breeze and it will significantly change the way the course plays if the wind goes to the north.  Players who were here early had the opportunity to play the course in a north wind on Sunday and Monday so that will be to their advantage.  Most players did not have that opportunity.

Ben Crenshaw

Ben Crenshaw

Fans were treated to more opportunities to collect autographs and local celebrities like Ben Crenshaw were among the autographs sought after by fans.  Crenshaw gave a press interview and was gracious enough to sign autographs for fans in the right place at the right time.

And, those fans came in all sizes and shapes like these two youngsters who proudly displayed their flags with player autographs.

Click here for more photos of fans.

Click here for photos of players in action.

Young fans with their autographed flags.

Young fans with their autographed flags.

Some of the hospitality tents were open and folks enjoyed the impressive facilities.  One of those is the “1899 Club”.  It is located on the left side of #12 fairway is approximately 80 yards long and three stories high.  Spectators will be able to watch the players play their second and third shots to the green with the 360 bridge and Lake Austin in the background.  It’s quite impressive.

Matches begin Wednesday morning and the fans will receive scoring brackets on the grounds as they enter.  Live scoring for the matches is available on the World Golf Championship website at this link.

 

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