Sims shoots 59 at Southern Open, sets eGolf record
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Michael Sims accomplished something Thursday that had never been done before on the eGolf Pro Tour.
Sims, of St. Simons Island, Ga., shot 12-under 59 during the second round of the Southern Open at the Country Club of Salisbury in Salisbury, N.C.
“There’s really no words to describe it,” said Sims, who is in second place at 12 under, a shot behind leader Drew Weaver, after notching an even-par 71 Wednesday.
“To crack 60, and do it in a tournament, that’s a pretty neat little number.”
The record round started with eight consecutive birdies. On the back nine, Sims rattled off three straight birdies on Nos. 15-17. In all, Sims drained 12 birdies.
He could’ve had 13 if not for leaving a birdied putt short on the par-4 18th hole.
“It was actually pretty funny. I thought I needed to make birdie [at No. 18] to shoot 59,” Sims said. “When I missed, I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, but there was a little mutter.”
Then Sims’ playing partner, Henrik Norlander, came up and congratulated Sims.
“He said, ‘Dude, that’s a great round,’” Sims said. “I said, ‘I appreciate it.’ Then he was like, ‘You still shot 59.’ And I was like, ‘what?’"
The Country Club of Salisbury was, in fact, a par 71, not par 72 like Sims had mistaken.
Sims’ 59 bests the previous eGolf record of 60, set by Dustin Bray in 2009. It is also six shots better than his previous season low of 65, which he shot in the final round of the Championship at St. James Plantation in April.
His best round ever is 62, one stroke lower than his best competition round of 63.
Entering the Southern Open, the Bermuda native has made 9 of 14 cuts on the eGolf circuit this season, earning $29,813.50 in the process.
He made cut No. 10 Thursday, and is in position to grab his first eGolf victory this season – his previous best this season is a T-4 at the Irish Creek Classic in March.
So how does he come out Friday after a round like this?
“I don’t know. I’ve never done it,” Sims said. “Just go out there and shoot lowest score tomorrow and see where it takes me. Try to keep the expectations as low as possible. Enjoy the moment.”