Powers shoots 81 Friday at Marathon Classic
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor
Friday, 19 July 2013 20:41
SYLVANIA — Golf can be a cruel and unforgiving sport.
|Bowling Green native Caroline Powers eyes a putt on Hole 8 at Highland Meadows Golf Course in Sylvania, Ohio July 19, 2013 during the 2013 LPGA Marathon Classic. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
There are no timeouts or halftime to go over things and get some advice, and you cannot bring a substitute in off the bench.
It’s just the golfer and the course, and when you struggle you still have to finish.
Caroline Powers, a graduate of Bowling Green High School, struggled Friday in the second round of the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
Powers shot a 10-over 81 Friday and finished with a 155 total after a 3-over 74 on Thursday.
The Marathon Classic was only the fourth professional tournament for Powers, who turned pro after graduating from Michigan State in May. She has played twice on the LPGA tour and twice on the Symetra Tour.
‘‘I had expectations for myself, and I didn’t meet them this week,’’ Powers said. ‘‘You have to stay patient ... you have to keep pressing forward.
‘‘You have to clear the mind, but that was hard to do today,’’ she added. ‘‘It’s tough when you want to do well, but that’s OK; not this week.’’
Powers started on No. 10 Friday and recorded four straight pars before things quickly fell apart for the 22-year-old.
‘‘It was a whirlwind. I felt great starting the day this morning, even last night after leaving the course,’’ Powers said. ‘‘I made a couple bad swings in the middle and really dug myself into a hole with those.
‘‘It was a roller coaster all day long,’’ she added.
She had a bogey on the par-3 14th, a triple-bogey on the par-4 15th and a double-bogey on the par-4 16th.
Powers recovered with a birdie on the 513-yard par-5 17th, but gave the stroke back with a bogey on the 532-yard par-5 18th.
She made the turn with a 6-over 43, putting her 9-over for the tournament.
‘‘She started off strong and then I don’t know what happened,’’ said Lorne Don, Powers’ caddy for the tournament. Don was an assistant coach at Michigan State during Powers’ career there.
‘‘There were just too many mistakes which you can’t do out here,’’ Don added.
After the bogey on 14, Powers hit her tee shot into the trees on 15 and that’s when the trouble really started.
‘‘The swing on (15) was definitely unlike her,’’ Don said.
Powers said No. 15 was a key hole in her round.
‘‘The miss there is left; you can hook it there just about as far as you want and I blasted it right. Then I hit the second one right,’’ Powers said. ‘‘I felt good when I was standing over them, but that’s a miss I have some times and that’s just not what you can do on that hole.’’
Powers started her second nine with a double bogey on No. 1, a par-4.
‘‘I felt like I still had a chance (to make the cut) when I made the turn,’’ Powers said. ‘‘Anything can happen in golf.
‘‘(The 10th hole) was really the killer, doubling that. I couldn’t quite get it back,’’ she added.
Powers then played the next seven holes at even par with five pars, her second birdie of the tournament and a bogey.
‘‘She got into a good rhythm again going through the five or six hole stretch,’’ Don said.
She finished the tournament with a double-bogey on No 9, a par-4 when her approach shot did not reach the green.
Even though Powers did not make the cut, the 36 holes at Highland Meadows were a positive experience for her.
‘‘She’ll learn from it and I’m sure she’ll look at these two days as a great two days; that’s all you can do,’’ Don said. ‘‘Any chance you get to come out here and see what the best players are doing it’s always a good thing.’’
Powers was able to reach only nine of the 18 greens in regulation Friday. For the tournament, she reached 20 of the 36 greens in regulation.
For the second round, Powers used 27 putts after needing 31 putts for the first round.
Powers has a few more tournaments planned on the Symetra Tour and then will attempt to earn her LPGA Tour card in qualifying school later this year.
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