It was a tough day at Scioto. Mike shot 79, and really from a spectator’s point of view it looked like every hole was hard. Narrow, deep rough, tough greens. Windy most of the day. But all had a good time, and Mike’s group–which was combined 40 over par–was all smiles leaving the 18th green. It was hard golf–but it was golf, and it was fun.
Mike had 2 great partners this day–MB, who cheered him on . . . .
And his trusted caddie English Mike, who pointed the way all day “No no it’s this way Mike.”
Mikes hit some great shots.
Made a couple birdies . . .
Hit a couple into his crowd of adoring fans . . .
Speaking of which, we endured near Batann Death March conditions–miles of lush grass, water that was sometimes a little tepid, purple Gatorade (prefer a primary color) and AC in the hospitality tent that was way too cold after the 90 degree heat. But we fought through it.
So tomorrow is a new day–9:15 a.m. Tee time. Will check in then.
Mike’s gallery waiting to head out.
Watch this space starting Thurs 2:45 for scores and comments.
1:30–pregame lunch with the big man John Daly
Got to see the Golden Bear arrive at the course he grew up on.
2:45–big drive down middle and we are off. Approach to middle of green. 2 putt par.
Bogey 2 after tee shot in rough.
Rough on three, birdie lips out.
sandy par on 4.
Big par on tough no. 4
Par 5 no. 6–par. Sunny but windy–storms in area.
Battery dying. Will update more later.
Day starts with Mass–St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle . . . .
Tee time 2:45 today. Watch this blog for real time scoring from the course.
And I’m hearing that pix are showing up upside down, sideways, etc. Sorry about that–some issues with the software. Will try to work it out.
Ok, we need some weather prayers. Rarely do you see 100% chance of rain, but all the lying weather folks agree on this one for Saturday and Sunday. So please, pray–calm and dry weather.
According to Marybeth, had some fun today getting ready for the real deal. Mike signed at least one autograph, let a kid from the gallery hit a shot from the rough, and rolled a ball to a delighted little one.
Day started with spying on former champ and multiple major winner Bernhard Langer at breakfast.
Then some time on range with legend Tom Watson. “Hey Mike how can I hit it as far as you do?” “Well Tom, first you have to grow a bigger belly.” Tom is far left–Mike is on the right. Not sure who guy in pink in middle is.
Then lunch with, oh I don’t know, major champion and Tiger buddy Mark O’Meara.
Check back tomorrow for real time scores from the course!
Another day, another round of golf with golf legends. Played with Fred Funk and Eduardo Romero …
Then hung out with Curtis Strange (back to camera in orange).
All in all, another fun day at the office.
Mike says Scioto–the course where the Golden Bear learned to play–is spectacular. Enjoying some practice here with Kirk Triplett
Tee times for the 2016 US Senior open have been posted and Mike has drawn some decent times. Though I guess we will have to wait for the weekend to see a potential John Daly/Mike Finster long drive competition.
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Stay tuned for news about Mike’s practice rounds and REAL TIME scoring as this blog will be updated LIVE from the course!
Mike qualified for the 2016 US Senior Open today by carding a 70 today at historic Belleair Country Club in Clearwater. Mike birdied three out of the last five holes to finish second, besting PGA tour veterans Gary Koch and Lee Rinker. This year’s open is Aug. 11-14 at the Donald Ross-designed Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Scioto is where young Jack Nicklaus learned the game.
Congratulations to Jeff Maggert, who was crowned the US Senior Open Champion on Sunday. Amateur Mike McCoy finished in 26th place and was low amateur for the second year in a row.
Mike Finster finished second among the three amateurs who made the cut. Mike was third in driving distance for the week and made one of just 11 eagles that were carded. Mike’s 69 on Friday was the low amateur score for the week, matched Sunday by McCoy.
A few more pictures from the week
Caddie Mike “English Mike” Copelin
Friday night waiting for the final cut–6 hours in limbo . . .
Check out how how deep the rough was. Explains the 79 Saturday . . .