I received a text from Alex Ellis, who just graduated from The College of Charleston, that said “Your record was in danger today”. The record referenced is the eleven consecutive birdies, recorded on August 24th, 1989 at Jimmy Clay Golf Course.
Naturally I was curious and called Alex to get the story. He reported that he missed a four footer somewhere in his round that would have given him eight birdies in a row. He made a total of ten birdies and no bogies to shoot ten under par.
Although he did not break the record for the most consecutive birdies, he did shoot ten under par with no bogies, where my round only resulted in a nine under 63, having made 12 birdied 3 bogies and three pars on a par 72 course.
Ellis, a former winner of the Firecracker Open, will play in the Firecracker in a couple of weeks and although he had not been playing much golf until recently, appears to be rounding into form. That could spell trouble for the rest of the field in the Firecracker.
But, as we all know, you are only as good as your last round. Right now, Ellis is pretty good. My last round was 81.