Patrick Martin, John Augenstein, and Will Gordon finished T25 and T27 this past weekend in a weather shortened Jones Cup.
The first day was brutal for the entire field with only three players under par. The second day was more generous with eight players on the second day.
Oh, the Jones Cup. Amateur golf's torture test.— Sean Martin (@PGATOURSMartin) February 1, 2019
A 77.7 scoring average today at Ocean Forest. Will Grimmer leads by 2 after shooting 68. Only 3 guys broke par.
But it produces a strong list of winners, including Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed. Jordan Spieth lost a playoff.
Martin, a Senior, finished +7 for the first two days of the tournament. Sunday was a rain out and the last day was canceled with only the first two days’ scores counting. For Martin, his first two days were 78-73.
He opened his first round on the back nine of Ocean Forest Golf Club with a +6 42. Not ideal. He birdied the first hole, and for anyone who knows, birding the first hole is like winning the first hand in poker- not good. He went on to make two double bogeys and three bogeys the rest of the way. On his second nine, he made seven pars and only one bogey, and bogeyed the last hole to finish the day.
That portended nicely for Day 2 where he played the front nine at level par and made two bogeys on the back with one birdie and the rest pars.
His teammates had equally as difficult time on the first days with Auggie shooting 79 and Gordo posting 81. Auggie started on the back nine as well, and he posted five bogeys, four coming in a row. On the front nine- his second nine- he made seven pars and two bogeys. The following day he played a very sound round of golf with fifteen pars, two bogeys and one birdie.
Gordo had the most roller coaster like tournament shooting 39-42 on his first day for a smooth 81. He too birdied his first hole of the day, but only sufferred two bogeys until he came to his 8th hole where he made double on the 216 yard par 3. At the start of his second nine he made bogey, then double, then bogey, then double. He parred out, but the damage had been done.
Yet, the next day, Gordo made three birdies and only bogey on the front to post -2 at the turn. He made two bogeys on the 11th and 12th, but he recovered with a birdie on the 562 yard par 5 14th to shoot 37 on the back and card a 71 for the day.
The winner, Akshay Bhatia shot 72-70 for a winning score of 142, -2.