BOUNTIFUL – A few weeks ago Rich Davis, a former Bountiful High School golfer, shot 59 at Bountiful Ridge Golf Course.
He had his swing lined up and was ready to play at the Utah State Amateur Tournament, which started Monday with the first of two rounds of stroke play.
Those who survived stroke play moved onto Wednesday’s match play, and a tournament champion will be crowned in the final match play round.
For Davis; however, Monday’s round at Ogden Country Club wasn’t anything like the round he had at Bountiful Ridge.
He finished with a seven-over-par 77 with only two birdies to his credit.
“My swing wasn’t quite there,” he said. “I was missing greens, which forced me to chip a lot, and I putted more than I would have liked.”
Davis also said the greens were smaller and less accessible to get to, making scoring chances tough for anyone on the course Monday.
“I felt like I shot 102 out there,” he said.
Davis started his round on the 10th tee and bogeyed five of the first eight holes before sinking back-to-back birdies on No. 18 and No. 1.
He finished with back-to-back bogeys on No. 8 and No. 9 to complete his round.
The story of the day was the country club itself, which played tougher than the tournament’s other venue, Valley View Golf Course in Layton.
Monday’s first round leader board was evident to the fact. Twenty-one of the first 22 players at the top of the leader board played at Valley View.
The tournament’s Monday leader, Jacob Holt, shot an eight-under 64 and had a three stroke lead before Tuesday’s round began.
Davis believed; however, that despite the success of those at Valley View Monday, it didn’t necessarily translate to the course playing well Tuesday.
“It’s pretty hot so it’ll probably play just as tough as Ogden did,” he said before teeing off for Tuesday’s round. “The greens are bigger and the fairways are pretty wide, so who knows? The toughest thing is going to be walking the course.”
Despite his +7 score on Monday, Davis was confident he could fight his way into the field of 64, which started Wednesday and converted from stroke play to match play.
He was only four shots back of making it to the match play portion of the tournament as of Tuesday morning.
“I think I can make it (to match play),” he said. “If I can shoot four-under and be three-over for the tournament that might get me in. I’m trying not to think about it too much though.”
Davis will be leaving on a LDS mission soon after the completion of the tournament. Before teeing off for Tuesday’s round, he was working on his missionary speech to keep his mind off the leader board.
His main strategy for Tuesday was simple: make more putts.
“I putted a lot (Monday),” he said. “So I’m going to try to fix that by creating more chances to score.”
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