SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — During a follow spherical on the Big 12 Championship in April, Oklahoma State’s males have been on a par 3 evaluating golf equipment. Freshman Bo Jin pulled a shorter membership.
“They were kind of teasing him or questioning him,” remembered head coach Alan Bratton, “and (Jin) said, ‘Hey, I decide how far this club goes.’”
The Beijing, China, native has carried that sturdy mentality to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, the place he’s led himself and his Cowboys to the highest of the person and group leaderboards after two rounds at Grayhawk Golf Club. Oklahoma State holds a snug lead at 6 beneath.
“Obviously I’ve got to play smart, can’t always go for every single flag, there’s trouble around the greens but my irons are pretty well, I’m putting pretty well so you’ve just got to hit it somewhere near there and try to make the putt,” stated Jin after his second-round 5-under 65 on Saturday. “To me playing a hard golf course, you’ve got to manage your game more. Keep making pars, par is a good score. If you get a birdie that’s a bonus but a bogey will never kill you on a hard golf course.”
On a difficult Raptor course that hasn’t given option to many birdies, Jin made seven of them, offset with simply two bogeys. He at the moment sits at 8 beneath, three photographs away from Arizona State’s Ryggs Johnston and Clemson’s Turk Pettit, who’re T-2 at 5 beneath after Saturday’s morning wave.
The Cowboys as a complete minimized errors within the second spherical, which Bratton stated was the difference-maker in his group’s five-shot swing from the primary spherical.
“We made several double bogeys yesterday, so I think we’re just getting more used to the golf course,” defined Bratton. “And obviously the conditions in the morning are a little easier. That’s why you play for a top seed like that and hopefully play well, so we get to go out early. Obviously, we’ll get to go out early again tomorrow. That’s big.”
“I mean, there’s a few hole locations, No. 1, No. 4, No. 6 today, this afternoon, those are going to be difficult,” he continued. “They were hard this morning.”
Sun Devil catches hearth
Arizona State sophomore Ryggs Johnston shot the low spherical of the week to this point, dancing his approach round Grayhawk on Saturday to the tune of 7-under 63 to maneuver right into a tie for second on the person leaderboard. The Libby, Montana, native started his day on No. 10 and made three consecutive birdies, finally making the flip in 5-under 30 thanks to 3 later birdies and a bogey. After the flip he performed Nos. 2-5 birdie, bogey, birdie birdie.
To put that rating in perspective, the scoring common for the second-round morning wave was 72.27.
Pants within the desert?
With temperatures at Grayhawk flirting with 100 levels, Wake Forest is the one group within the area sporting pants each day, and it’s for an excellent motive.
“Coach Haddock always felt that shorts were for junior golf,” stated present head coach Jerry Haas referring to legendary Demon Deacons coach Jesse Haddock. “If you want to be a professional and that was your ambition to be a pro, then you should wear long pants and the story goes that some kid wanted to wear shorts and coach told him, ‘Go back to your club, and you ride in your cart and you drink your beer and you shoot your 75s. Curtis (Strange), Lanny (Wadkins), they wear long pants and shoot 67 on Sunday.’ So that was the end of that.”
“I’m doing it for Coach Haddock, honoring his wishes,” stated Haas. “He was a legendary coach and a great man and my coach when I played at Wake. I think it looks good. I think you look like a player. If you want to be a player, that’s just the way it is.”