After a hot and humid day at Oak Tree National, round 1 of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open is complete. Colin Montgomery led the pack heading into day 2 after a 6-under 65 but has started today’s round slowly. Halfway through Round 2, Scott Dunlap is at the top of the leaderboard following a 3-under 68.
GolfTEC’s StuBlasius shot 83 during round 1, finishing the day at 12-over par. After an even-par start through the first few holes, Stu got a first hand look at how demanding theseUSGA courses can be and the immense precision required to post a very low score. Stu’scaddy BryanVander May said that while the course was set up very fair, a few shots a fraction off line was the difference between a good round and the round he had. Despite the score, Stu was in good spirits.
Read more of what Bryan had to say about the experience below:
Bryan Vander May
|Bryan Vander May|
|Bio: Graduated from the Golf Academy of America with extensive teaching and club fitting knowledge. Worked at Echo Lake CC and has taught individuals of all levels. Competes in local professional tournaments. Has a passion to help you reach your goal.|
Today was a great experience for me and Stu. Stu was very comfortable warming up with all parts of his game. Prior to the round getting started there was a weather delay and a storm that passed through, bringing higher winds than expected.
The USGA set the course up very fair and pins were accessible. Stu got off to a good start and looked very comfortable. He drove the ball extremely well all day. With Oak Tree National being a Pete Dye course there isn’t much room for error. A few missed clubs and a few shots a fraction off line was the difference between a very good round and the round he had.
All and all Stu and I made a lot of good decisions on the golf course during round 1. He was in good spirits despite a score we both know he played better than. After the round we talked about what hurt him the most and how to approach round 2.
Either way we both had a great time out on the course in front off all those people – what a great environment and experience!
As we all know sometimes you hit it well and just can’t score. Tomorrow is a new day and we will go out there to play aggressive as there’s nothing to lose!
Stay tuned for all results and to hear from Stu’s thoughts on the overall experience on Monday!