Jerry Kelly Rolled Through First Round At US Senior Open

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Scorching heat combined with a difficult back nine were too much for the players at Broadmoor’s East Course in Colorado Springs.   Too much for everyone but Jerry Kelly as he would finish with a stellar round of 4-under par  which including his only blemish on his card, a closing bogey on the 18th.

There is a handful of players at 2-under par chasing the leader including the likes of Miguel Angel Jimenez, Rocco Mediate, and Kevin Sutherland.

Billy Mayfair, Lee Janzen, and Scott Parel all sitting at 1-under are still in shouting distance of the leaders. Jay Haas and David Toms leads the group of golfer at even par.

Defending Champion Kenny Perry was 1-over par for his round, along with former US Open Champions Davis Love III, Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie.

The back nine on this course was playing much more difficult than the front.   The front is where the player need to make up as much ground as possible to offset how difficult the back really is.

The Rough is… well …Rough!

The rough is real thick just off the fairway which is a signature of this course.  In most cases there is no intermediate rough and although the fairways may seem wide in most places, the fact that a player can not make a mistake, makes for thought-provoking club and shot selection.

Tomorrow will be another scorcher and the greens will once again be rock hard.  Survive and advance!

Reminiscing

Rocco Mediate, Lee Janzen, and Marco Dawson are all former College teammates at Florida Southern College were paired up for the opening two rounds.   The group had nothing but great things to say about the opportunity to play with each other.  Link

It’s the best ever. We had a ball.” Rocco said.  “We would have enjoyed it no matter what we shot. I love those guys,” Dawson said.  Lee Janzen agreed.  “We have played so much golf together over the years that I would say we are just comfortable together,” 

 

 

John Smoltz was excited for the opportunity, but he also knew it would be a long uphill climb. He got just that as he would finish the round at 15+over.

It was a tough day for the Professionals, imagine the difficulties for a near scratch golfer that enjoys playing, but does not get to play often. That was the plight for John Smoltz.

Leaderboard

  • Jerry Kelly -4
  • Deane Pappas – 2
  • Kevin Sutherland -2
  • Rocco Mediate – 2
  • M. Jiminez – 2
  • M. Martin -2
  • Billy Mayfair -1
  • Lee Janzen -1
  • Scott Parel -1
  • Jay Haas – E
  • Brandt Jobt – E
  • Tim Hogarth – E
  • David McKenzie -E
  • David Toms -E
  • Stephen Ames – E
  • Brian Cooper – E

Author: Jhavelka