Though only six golfers out of 72 broke 80 at the Division II?state golf tournament, Newton Falls' Logan Beechy wasn't happy with the way he played on Friday.
"He's bumming. He's disappointed in his round," Newton Falls coach Scott Kernan said. "He placed 25th out of 72 golfers today, which puts him in the top third."
Beechy, a senior, shot a 14-over 86 during his opening round on Friday, which is good enough for being tied for 25th.
"It was just awful conditions today. It was probably 42 degrees at tee off time with brisk winds. The course is a tough course in normal conditions and with the wind it played tougher. It plays 7,100 yards and it played real long today. His downfall today was greenside bunkers. He probably hit six or seven greenside bunkers. He had 35 putts which is way above his average."
Beechy shot 45 on the front nine and 41 on the back. Overall, he had eight pars, five bogies and five double bogies.
"With a tournament like this you only have two rounds," Kernan said. "He started off with a double bogey, which got him off to a bad start. On No. 1 he drove the ball into the left rough. He hit a pretty good shot into a greenside bunker. He got out of the bunker but three putted. On No. 4, which is a par 5. He normally is going to excel on par 5s, but he drove the ball into a fairway bunker. He pitched out okay to about 180 yards but put his next shot in a greenside bunker. He got out of that and two-putted for double bogey."
Kernan said Beechy may not have a chance to win the tournament, but he still does have a goal to play for.
"We have set a goal for tomorrow," Kernan said. "He's 25th out of 72. The goal is to get into the top 10. He's only four strokes off the eighth place. In 18 holes with the course like that he can flip that around. He can shoot 75 tomorrow. Is he realistically going to win the tournament? No, but the goal is to get back into the top 10 and that's a realistic goal."