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Dustin Keegan ended his round on a solid note with a birdie on hole 18. If you looked at everyone’s faces at the conclusion of yesterday’s round at Fiesta Lakes you’d see one thing in common: despair. Although the weather in Mesa was sunny and bright, an unpredictable wind caused...

Round 2 of The Memorial Brings Tension You Could Cut With A Knife

Dustin Keegan ended his round on a solid note with a birdie on hole 18.

If you looked at everyone’s faces at the conclusion of yesterday’s round at Fiesta Lakes you’d see one thing in common: despair. Although the weather in Mesa was sunny and bright, an unpredictable wind caused players to throw their game plans out the window and fight just to get through the course. The mood of the day was somber and tense, as this almost pitch-and-putt style course put player’s mental games to the test with random spit outs and roll aways.


That’s not to say that hot rounds weren’t present, as Paul McBeth and Ricky Wysocki both carded 12 down, putting them on today’s lead card. The ladies also saw some action with Madison Walker shooting an unofficial 1001 rated performance, and Paige Pierce moving ahead of the pack with a five stroke lead on second place. Despite these successes, most players were disappointed with their day, and are looking forward to redemption at Vista del Camino.


Not Such A Gimmie Course After All


When you walk up to Fiesta Lakes, it seems like a course that most anyone would excel at. With two holes under 200’ and the bulk of the rest viewed as easy birdies by professional players, one would think that our top pros would completely shred. Yet with some strong and unstable wind, just the opposite happened. Dude ambassador Dustin Keegan commented that his card had a tough time navigating certain holes because of the weather conditions: “We just spent most of our energy trying to figure out what the wind was doing because it was spinning 360, so within a person’s shot it could change completely. Most of that is just mental strength to try to stay inside yourself and not let it affect you, and figure out your best shot possible.”


Aside from uncontrollable weather, the layout of the course fooled players into thinking they wouldn’t have a tough time carding two’s left and right. With it being one of his home courses, Paul Ulibarri felt the pressure yesterday to execute every shot as best as he could. “It’s that type of course where, like I said, one mistake is so huge. The holes are so gettable that if you mess up somebody else is getting it. There’s all kinds of stroke separations; I think everybody’s kind of on edge,” he said. While he put in a solid performance and carded a respectable -7, he still felt like he could have played better.


Tomorrow Is Another Day


For those who didn’t perform as they wished, players got to rest their head last night knowing that tomorrow will bring new opportunities. Struggling in particular on hole 10, Zoe AnDyke had to look deep within herself to maintain composure after carding a 10 on this par 3. “I took a 10 and I turned around and I 2’ed right after it. I had an 8 stroke swing in two holes, and that’s unheard of,” Zoe said.


With Vista del Camino boasting the longest total footage out of the three this tournament, Zoe feels confident about her upcoming performance today: “I do need to put a little extra on tomorrow, I gotta dig deeper because I need to lick my wounds from what happened today. I also need to play smart and even maybe more conservative at some points, and then I need to look at the points where I could go ahead and be a little bit gutsy.”


It seems that many of the players look forward to their rounds at Fountain Hills and Vista del Camino far more than the one at Fiesta Lakes, so much so that they wish the format would be changed. Ulibarri shared with us his thoughts on the matter: “My opinion has always been that the pros here should always just play three to four rounds at Vista. I think that’s more [of] a gallery friendly [course] and kind of more of a professional course for the top players in the game.”


Keegan also echoed Paul’s sentiments about Vista saying, “I kinda wish we played twice at Vista. This course is not quite up to NT caliber in my opinion with 4 holes under 200 feet.” He went on to suggest that in future years, it might serve players better to scale back the amount of courses played during The Memorial Championship: “It’s hard to learn 3 courses. I feel sorry for the people [where] this is their first time and they’re coming from Vegas; they had two days to learn 3 courses and it rained both of those days! It wasn’t really that forgiving for them.”


Ending on a positive note, we love how Zoe described her mindset for today’s round: “I have control over my confidence.” Today’s forecast brings the hottest weather of the tournament so far, and hopefully we’ll see some hot rounds this moving day.


Written by Courtney Elder
Saturday morning started with players hoping the wind would stay at bay, as many saw their scores improve dramatically as the weather conditions changed. Competing on the Adidas TERREX course yesterday, it seems that both the MPO and FPO fields had some rollercoaster action. Starting off slow but gaining momentum...

GCC Round 3 Recap - Moving Day Brings Confidence And Excitement

Saturday morning started with players hoping the wind would stay at bay, as many saw their scores improve dramatically as the weather conditions changed. Competing on the Adidas TERREX course yesterday, it seems that both the MPO and FPO fields had some rollercoaster action. Starting off slow but gaining momentum toward the back nine was the name of moving day’s game.


Round 3 gave the pros a complete perspective of what the Gentlemen’s Club Challenge has to offer, as they have now competed on all three courses. Like the saying goes, you can’t make everyone happy all of the time, and there were varying reviews on which layouts had room for improvement.


Mental Games Came Back Strong


Comfort with their play seems to be slowly building as each day passes, and many players expressed being happier with their rounds on Saturday than on previous days. Dude ambassador Zoe AnDyke saw a distinct difference in her mental game yesterday, noting it was a vast improvement over Friday’s round: “I never let down necessarily but I didn’t throw with heart. I didn’t throw with belief. I just went through the motions. I lost the heart in the middle of the round, and you can see it on my scorecard.”


For those who made the cut, it seems the prevailing attitude is that there’s nothing to lose in the last round. Cameron Messerschmidt played his best round of the three on the Innova course, and is looking forward to seeing how the final round plays out: “[My] game plan is just to go for more things on the Innova course, just try to be more aggressive and get more looks so I can move up the leaderboard.”


A Frame Of Reference For The Courses


Similar to sentiments after Friday’s round, competitors gained a complete perspective on what Las Vegas did right, and where things went amiss. FPO players seemed frustrated with the Innova course; Erika Stinchcomb commented that it’s just too long for her, and AnDyke seemed to echo those thoughts. When asked where the GCC could make changes, she vocalized: “I would say that adjusting the pars to be a little bit more correct [is needed] so that we’re not catering to the top five players in the whole sport.”


On the other hand, this inaugural NT garnered a lot of positive feedback as well. Despite her frustration with the Innova course, Stinchcomb was appreciative of this year’s layout: “These are amazing courses and it’s cool to see the bump of how many more people are here. I think it’s accommodating everyone really well.”


Players Look Ahead To Next Weekend


Despite having one more round to complete the 2017 Gentlemen’s Club Challenge, there’s quite a buzz stirring about next week’s competition at The Memorial. While it and the GCC go hand in hand as the start of every tour season, people seem to be exceptionally excited to play in Arizona.


Feeling confident in his game, Jeremy Koling is particularly excited to be competing again after an illness in Australia kept him from the Aussie Open. “We’re all so happy to be back on tour now. This time of season is always magical to see everyone’s faces and see the excitement in the air,” Koling said.


Many are considering GCC to be a warm-up to the Memorial, so while the pressure is on for some to make some big moves during the final round, others are just happy to be easing back into tour life.


The lead card on Sunday’s round boasts five players, including Dude’s Eagle McMahon who ended Saturday’s round with an eagle on hole 18. You can follow live scoring during today’s event by visiting pdgalive.com.

 

Written by Courtney Elder

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