Greg Robertson is the associate head coach at Purdue and is caddying for Maria Hernandez at the U.S. Women’s Open. He played college golf at Oklahoma State.
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OAKMONT, Pa. – Well, it was another hot one out there for Round 1 of the U.S. Women’s Open with the weather back in the mid-90s. Although it looks like we might get a break in the temperatures over the next three days, I’m not so sure Oakmont Country Club is going to let up. The golf course was every bit as tough as everyone thought it was going to be, and there’s no doubt that it won Thursday. And that was with all three par 5s and one par 4 potentially reachable!
It was an up-and-down day for Maria throughout the first round. She got off to a very rough start and was 6 over through her first seven holes. At that point, it could have been very easy for her to get frustrated and “throw in the towel.” She continued to play hard, however, and ended up playing her last 11 holes in 1 under, which included a string of birdies at Nos. 11-13. After hitting just three of her first eight greens in regulation, she hit her last 10 in a row. I was very proud of the way she held it together and kept herself in the tournament.
Even though we have a late tee time Friday, the day is going to start pretty early for me. I’m going to walk the golf course before Maria gets there so I can see all of the hole locations. Plus, I’ll have a chance to watch some of the players hit their shots into the greens to get an idea of how the ball is reacting.
After a quick lunch and watching Maria go through her warm-up session, I’ll be right back on the course to walk 18 more. Thank goodness I’m used to this being a college coach, and having gone through more than my fair share of 36-hole days. The one big difference is that I don’t carry a bag during the collegiate tournaments. And speaking of bags, I have to say that Maria has been good to me this week by letting me carry her small Ping bag. However, I might have to carry the waterproof tour bag tomorrow since there is some rain in the forecast. I’ve never carried one before, so I don’t really know what to expect. One thing is for sure, I’ll sleep well tomorrow night!