Aug. 11, 2014
U.S. Amateur Scoring
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Check out the latest blog by Coach Michael Burcin as he caddys for senior Jack Watson Aug. 11-17 at the U.S. Amateur Championships played at the Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands Course In Atlanta, Georgia. Burcin contributed this blog from his duties as caddy for UW senior Jack Watson who played his first round today shooting a 11-over par 82 and is tied for 303rd
I am writing after three days of delayed baggage, delayed parents, lots of rain, and one hard golf course. Jack Watson's week started with a practice round on Saturday with rental clubs where we decided on wedges and a putter on the back nine. The regular flex shafts were not ideal for Jack or the 7,500-yards of Atlantic Athletic Club.
Sunday meant another wet golf course and a reintroduction to his own clubs as they arrived late Saturday night. It only took this one bag 30 hours to get from the ticket desk to the destination...Flying is fun!
Today, we began the US Amateur and Jack was one of 312 of the best amateurs on the planet. The AM is a interesting mix of young kids, successful college players, guys wrapping up their amateur careers and looking ahead to pro golf, and mid-ams that are trying to find lightning in a bottle and take down the younger guys who now dominate the majors of amateur golf.
We played the Highlands Course at AAC, which hosted the 2011 PGA Championship. With almost every par 4 being 450-510 yards, it is one of the most demanding tests of tournament golf I have seen.
I was walking this morning gaining a huge appreciation for what a tour player does to that type of setup. It was even more remarkable to see the course record scorecard of Steve Stricker on the walls of AAC. A 63 on the same route we walked this morning is a unbelievable round of golf!
Jack was certainly disappointed with his result today, but it was a great learning experience and I know he is motivated to come back strong tomorrow. We are set for 1:30 p.m. ET tomorrow off the alternate course, Riverside, which is very good, but not quite as demanding. Let's hope for a dry pattern of weather between now and tomorrow afternoon and a few shorter par 4s.