Saturday, March 19
Today we went down to Eugene Country Club and played our official practice round for the Duck Invitational. We teed off at 12:40pm and saw good weather for the majority of the day besides a few showers that passed through rather quickly. All of the guys have played the course before except for David, so they had a good understanding of the course prior to today.
One of the main keys to playing this course well are the par-3’s. The par-3’s range from 183 yards to 225 yards, with all but one of them well protected by water. From the tee boxes these holes are designed to look intimidating, which makes it all the more important to play the yardage to the center of the green to setup the best chances at par.
As with all golf courses, hitting the fairway is always important and that is very true out here. However, at this course there is usually one side of the fairway that you want to favor because if you miss the fairway on the wrong side your view of the green will most likely be blocked by some of the massive trees that line each hole on the course.
The par-4 15th hole is a great example of this. It is a dogleg left that plays about 430 yards. Drives that are down the left side of the fairway will be blocked out from the green, but drives that are in the right half of the fairway or even into the right rough will give you a clear shot to the green. There are several holes like this at Eugene CC, and after today the guys were able to learn some more about the many intricacies of the course.
The game-plan for tomorrow is for the guys to get some practice in at Trysting Tree followed by nine holes at Illahe Hills Country Club. Then the guys will get some much needed rest before the tournament which will start Monday morning with 36 holes, followed by 18 holes on Tuesday. The lineup for the tournament will be Nick Sherwood, David Fink, Jeff Petroff, Alex Moore, and Casey King. Jonnie Motomochi and Travis Milleman will be competing as individuals in the event.