McPherson’s Jacob Lackey said it was one of those rounds that could have been better, but it also could have been worse.
So Lackey said his 75 Tuesday in the opening round of the 58th annual McPherson Junior Amateur Golf Tournament was probably what he deserved.
Lackey had a couple of unexpected missteps, but his putter also saved him from some potential hiccups. He had rounds of 37-38 at wind-swept Turkey Creek during the morning season as wind gusts were consistently in the 30s.
Lackey also overcame a bogey-double bogey start to his back nine to play even-par on his final seven holes with a bogey at No. 17 that was cancelled out by a birdie on No 18.
Lackey is four shots behind in the 18-age group, which completed play this morning. The afternoon session is still going on and if anything, the wind has upped its ferocity.
Lackey began his round with a bogey on No. 1 as he hit an iron off the tee that rested near a tree and forced a punch-out. He lost his tee ball on No. 5, but made birdie with his second ball to save a bogey. He hit a ball out of bounds on No. 10 that resulted in a double and also bogeyed 11 and 17, two holes that he normally eats up.
“I thought I hit a good drive on 10, I didn’t think I could hit it out-of-bounds with a driver and go over the cart path,” Lackey said. “On 5 I hit driver and I didn’t know where it crossed the hazard. I had to go back and re-tee. I then hit 6-iron off the tee and hit a pitch to 15 feet and made the bogey putt (birdie with his second ball). I wish I had done that with the first ball.”
Lackey said he probably could have had one stroke less on holes 15 through 17 as he missed a short birdie putt at 15, made a bogey on 16 after being just 60 yards out on his drive and 3-putted 17.
“The greens are the fastest I’ve ever played them,” Lackey said. “They’re hard. I don’t even know if they’re that fast for the City Tournament.”
Lackey goes off at 1:00 on No. 10 on Wednesday. The leader in his age group is Taylor Larsen of Garden City, who had the morning’s best round with a 71.
Another Garden City player, Sion Audrain, was 2-under-par through 7 holes to set the pace in the afternoon. An update will be posted Wednesday morning.