Wind was the main topic on March 20th, as the RDUgolf Tour took on Anderson Creek in Spring Lake, NC. The Davis Love III course utilizes the rolling fairways which provided a fun test for our field of 48 golfers. The elevation changes were only accentuated by the undulating greens; they were fairly sizable, but if you are in the wrong area, you’re left with a tricky run to the hole!
The weather started a bit brisk for the early tee times, but quickly became incredibly comfortable. The downside: 10-15 MPH winds which were somehow ALWAYS in our face.
It provided a true test to pair with the required well-placed drives. A low bullet was your best friend in this round.
A few people figured out the wind and course and won the day:
1st place – Net: Craig Walton with a +1, 73
2nd place – Net: John Gagliano with a +3, 75
1st place – Net: John Gagliano with a +3, 75
The Optional Pots were in play today: Skins ($210) and Closest to the Pin ($115)
CTP Winner – Holes 4 and 12:
Hole 4 (167 yards): Patrick Creghan
Hole 12 (146 yards): Patrick Young
Skins – Gross: 7 skins were won today
With his FIRST EAGLE EVER!, Patrick Young won hole 6
A birdie on 4 and eagle on 18, Patrick Creghan won 2 skins
With a birdie on 10: TJ Mancuso
With a birdie on 11: John Gagliano
A birdie on 14: Cameron Foster
A birdie on 17: Dermot McElhennon
Les Aliff (1), Ian Crowell (5), and Austin Odling (15) would also have won Skins, if they joined the pot
Apparently, if you are named Patrick, you had a pretty good day on the course!
A few fun stats from the round:
Scoring average (gross): 94.75 (Front +11.5, Back +11.17)
Easiest Hole: The par-5 6th (439 yards) only played 0.89 over par
Hardest Hole: Par-4 9th (404 yards) played 1.68 over par across the field
The next event is about a month away on April 17th where the RDUgolf Tour takes over Chapel Ridge in Pittsboro.
By then, hopefully we have higher temperatures and some green grass filling the fairways!