Notes: Cal's Kilpatrick gets a tough break
For California’s Keelan Kilpatrick, it was a case of that old saying, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.”
That certainly was the case for Kilpatrick during Saturday’s second round at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters. After opening with an even-par 72, Kilpatrick was cruising along and was 3 under through six holes.
It looked like he might add yet a fourth birdie at the par-5 9th. He was in perfect position after laying up with his second shot and as soon as the ball left his club on his approach from around 100 yards, it was dead on line with the flagstick.
As his luck would have it, though, the ball took one bounce, hit the pin about three-quarters of the way down, and kicked back and left. Going downhill on a lightning fast green, it kept rolling, and rolling, and rolling.
Finally it rolled into a yellow-staked water hazard.
Kilpatrick returned to the place from which he just came, hit his fifth shot, which came up just on the front fringe, and two-putted for a double-bogey 7.
He went on to make a pair of birdies and a bogey on the back nine to shoot 2-under 70, and his 142 total put him in the top 10 individually and made him low man on the front-running Golden Bear team.
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That's a pretty steep putt
Texas A&M’s Geoff Shaw, playing as an individual, didn’t need any convincing as to how firm and fast the greens were in Sunday’s final round at Southern Highlands Golf Club.
For Shaw, who started on the back nine, the 18th green in particular got his attention.
After hitting his approach shot past the pin and just on the short, fringe grass, Shaw faced a very tricky 15-foot putt.
After giving it some study, he actually turned his back to the hole, electing to start the putt in the opposite direction, toward the heavy rough. Barely touching his ball, it rolled about two inches and then started trickling back, onto the green and toward the hole.
The only problem was it kept gaining speed with each roll and when it finally did come to rest, Shaw found himself some 50 feet below the hole. He ended up making double bogey, his third over the first nine holes.