Brooking sees rough play on greens at tournament

Published 12:09am Monday, September 23, 2013

CASHIERS, N.C. — Greg Brooking’s chances of making the cut at the 59th United States Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship ended with two double bogeys in the first four holes of his second round Sunday afternoon at Wade Hampton Golf Club.

Brooking got off to a good start with a par on the 1st hole. Then he ran into trouble on the par-4 2nd hole and wound up a double-bogey 6. Two holes later it didn’t get any better for him as he surprisingly had a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 4th hole.

“It’s still tough. I still can’t get used to the speed of the greens. The bentgrass greens are lightning fast. Northern guys, they’re used to that. I’m not used to it,” Brooking said.

As for what happened on the 4th hole, Brooking said, “I lost the ball and we never were able to find it.”

And if that wasn’t bad enough, he bogeyed Nos. 5, 7 and 8 and finished the front nine with a double bogey on the 9th hole to go out in 45.

“It just kept getting worse. I kept missing putts. I was missing the fairways. But I’m having a whole lot of fun. I’m sad that I didn’t play any better,” Brooking said.

Most of the back nine that he got to play wasn’t any better, but he finally had something positive happen before finishing for the day.

“I three-putted for bogey on 11. I just missed the green on 13 and bogeyed that hole. On 14 I hit it in the bunker, then I blasted the shot to about 12 feet. I missed the putt for par and made bogey. Then on 15, the horn sounded. But (our group) decided to finish the hole and I made my first birdie of the tournament.”

That birdie enabled him to be at 11-over-par for the day and 25-over-par for the tournament. Play was suspended due to darkness at 6:29 p.m.

Brooking added that because of the length of the course, 6,842 yards, it is longer than he can play and that he is hitting hybrids, 3-irons and 4-irons to the greens while most of the other golfers are hitting 6-irons, 7-irons and 8-irons into those greens.

“It’s probably outside my length,” Brooking said. “Most of the holes are over 400 yards long. The ones that are 330, 350 and 370 have water around them or have thick rough.”

Brooking has three holes to play and will finish his second round today starting 6:50 a.m.