Bauchou's short game pays off in tournaments
Multiple juniors have advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying and will play in Sectional qualifying on June 3 at various golf courses around the country. But for Zachary Bauchou, he will always remember his first.
After three tries in as many years, Bauchou of Forest, Va., advanced after shooting a 1-under 71 to share medalist honors at Upper Marlboro, Md., on May 14.
At one point, Bauchou had it to 3 under through 11 holes at the 7,050-yard Lake Presidential Golf Club. He knew all he had to do was par in, as the course was playing long due to heavy rains the previous day. Instead, Bauchou made bogeys on Nos. 5 and 7 (he started on the back nine), but he still finished the day under par.
Bauchou, ranked No. 2 in the class of 2015 Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, struggled just prior to his local qualifying start. He shot rounds of 80-74-80 at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley to finish in a tie for 41st.
“I went into the Junior Invitational thinking that my ball striking needed a little work,” Bauchou said. ". . . When in fact, nothing was working well and you’ll make high scores if you don’t have a complete game (at Sage Valley). I learned a lot from that tournament, and I’ve moved on.”
Prior to his Junior Invitational start, Bauchou finished in the top-10 at the HP Boys Championship and the Junior at Innisbrook at his only other two starts on the year.
After earning a Sectional qualifying spot, the sophomore at Timberland Christian High School, made the short drive to the Scott Robertson Memorial at Roanoke Country Club.
He got his game back after practicing with coach Wayne DeFrancesco out of Woodmont Country Club, where Bauchou has hopes of playing his Sectional qualifier.
Chipping and his short game in general was an aspect at which he worked really hard on during the winter and that’s what helped him to a third place finish in Roanoke.
“It was a goal of mine to get it to be the best part of my game because then I can rely on it when I have a bad ball striking day,” Bauchou said.
This week, he heads to Scottsdale, Ariz., for his first AJGA Thunderbird International Junior. He looks forward to his game being ‘solid’ and having a good week.
“I have high expectations,” Bauchou said. “I just have to improve throughout the tournament and just remember its golf.”