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vwm85341 wrote:
I thoroughly enjoyed your recap of your tourney and look forward to reading the Sunday recap as well.
APBA golf is a pretty good game that I think is underrated. I have several seasons myself and enjoy playing, especially the greats from different eras against each other.
Looking forward to Sundays final day!


I appreciate it, thanks! I am just about finished up with the final round and it is going to be a tight finish. BUT, I joined a group on Facebook called The TGA Tour. We each draft one or two players and play 6 tournaments over the next few months. Each tourney takes 2 weeks then a week off before the next one. Anyways, the first two rounds were due today and I got busy with work this week so couldn't start playing until Fri evening. I will finish the final round of the 1971 Bing Crosby this or next week and post results. But then I will take a little sabbatical from the 1971 tour and focus on the TGA Tour. Check it out on the FB page if you are interested. Or if you want to join!!! I ended up with the 1st pick in the draft and took Tiger and my second round pick was the 1971 Lee Trevino. Thanks again!
 
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Post subject: Pebble Beach final round  PostPosted: Jan 12, 2018 - 09:52 AM



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It was a Blustery Sunday afternoon at Pebble Beach, after 3 days of Moderate winds. The course played Soft after overnight rain. Frank Beard got out of bed after a sleepless night as the leader, closely followed by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and 2-time 1971 tour winner Lee Trevino.

Tom Weiskopf and Tom Shaw were first out and, beginning the day 8 and 14 shots back respectively, were just trying to finish on a high note. Shaw birdied 2 and 3 and was optimistic but his round came apart on the 8th when he hit a 3-iron 2nd into the hazard and then found a buried lie in the sand with a wedge. He tripled that and finished with a +3 75.

Weiskopf had a wild ride, with 3 bogeys and 5 birdies in the opening 8 holes, finally scoring his first par on the 9th. After birdying 10 and 12, he had himself to -10 and had to be thinking, “if I could just post a number…” Alas, he failed to find the green with a 9-iron on the next and missed an 11’ par putt. But he did birdie one more coming in and finished with a very solid 68, putting him at -10 overall.

Lee Trevino had 5 birdies in the final round but never was able to mount a challenge. He bogeyed the 4th after sailing a wedge over the green into the canyon, doubled the 10th after driving into the hazard, bogeyed the par 5 14th after the wind took his wedge, and bogeyed 15 after 3-putting from 25’. He finished with a 72 final round and -9 overall.

Gary Player got off to an auspicious start with a bogey on the 1st then failed to make it up when he rolled a dreaded “54” on a 5’ birdie putt on the following hole. A great 4-iron on the difficult par 3 5th and an accurate chip on the par 5 6th led to birdies. Player then birdied the turn when he stuck a 5-iron on the 9th and made an 11’ putt on the 10th. At that point he was -13 and very much in contention.

The final pairing was Jack Nicklaus (-12) and the leader Frank Beard (-14). Both birdied the par 5 2nd but after Beard bogeyed the 3rd and 4th, and Jack had a par and birdie, it was the Golden Bear who found himself atop the leaderboard. Nicklaus then hit a 5-iron off the tee to 7’ on the 5th. Beard steadied himself and proceeded to plop a 4-iron 10’ from the cup. Both birdied. On the par 5 6th, Jack had to settle for par after 3-putting from 51’. Beard missed the green with his second but chipped in close and tapped in for birdie, drawing even with Nicklaus. Jack parred the rest of the front while Frank birdied 8, momentarily taking the lead, then bogeying 9 to fall back into a tie. Both players made the turn at -15.

Jack parred the 10th through the 13th, while Beard bogeyed the 10th and parred the following 3 holes. Player parred 11 through 13. So after 13 it was Nicklaus -15, Beard -14 and Player -13. On the par 5 14th Player went for the green, missed, but then stuck a wedge and got the bird. Beard laid up but found the trees, though he was able to salvage par. Nicklaus went for it, missed into the trees, then caught a limb on his third, leading to a bogey. We had a three-way tie at -14 after 14!

The par 4 15th proved pivotal. Both Player and Beard missed the green, chipped close and tapped in. Jack’s drive left him 120 yards from the pin. Without consulting his caddy or anyone else save perhaps the golf Gods, Nicklaus selected a gap wedge, checked the wind (none), swung, hit the ball 125 yards directly past the pin and watched the ball spin back 5 yards into the cup for a hole-out eagle (rolled double 6s) to take a 2-shot lead into the final 3 holes!!!

On the par 4 16th, Player knocked a wedge to 4’ and tapped in for a birdie, moving within a shot to -15. Beard failed to find the green with a 9-iron then couldn’t get up and down and bogeyed, falling to -13. Jack played conservative, finding the fairway with a 5-wood. He then inexplicably hooked a 7-iron into the trees, where his lie forced him to play safe. Jack dropped a shot and into a tie with Player. Hmmm…

On the long and difficult par 3 17th, Gary Player hit a poor 5-wood made worse by a strong crosswind (+20) and found himself out of bounds. Minutes later he recorded a double bogey 5. Nicklaus and Beard both parred (both used bounceback points DESPITE the fact that neither’s tee shot would find the green – that is how tough 17 played!).

So stepping up to 18 Player was -13, Beard was -13 and Nicklaus -15. Gary knew he needed to score and hit a nice drive then a beautiful but risky 3-wood to 24’. He struck the putt too hard and slid 6’ past, then missed the comebacker and had to settle for par and a 69 final round score.

Beard found a fairway bunker off the tee and Jack the fairway itself. After Beard laid up, and knowing he had a 2-stroke lead, Nicklaus also played it short. Each hit a wedge into the green with Jack 12’ from the pin and Beard ’16. After allowing Beard to find only 6 fairways and 5 greens all day, the golf Gods had enough and he sank his putt for birdie, finishing with an even par 72. Jack 2-putted for a 1-stroke victory and a 69 final round. Congrats to the Golden Bear!

Final leaderboard and earnings:

Jack Nicklaus -15 (66)(73)(65)(69) $27,000
Frank Beard -14 (68)(64)(70)(72) $15,000 + year’s supply of Winston cigarettes for his hole-in-one
Gary Player -13 (66)(70)(70)(69) $8,000
Tom Weiskopf -10 (68)(73)(69)(68) $4,000
Lee Trevino -9 (64)(72)(71)(72) $2,000
Tom Shaw +3 (75)(67)(74)(75) $1,000

Next up is the Hawaiian Open at the beautiful Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. All 4 members of the Big 4, including the returning Arnold Palmer, will compete. None of them want to miss a trip to the islands! Again, I will be taking a break to play the TGA Tour (check it out on Facebook!) but will recommence the 1971 PGA Tour in the spring.
 
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Post subject: 1971 Hawaiian Open  PostPosted: Jun 07, 2018 - 09:10 PM



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Aloha! The tour returns and we are at the beautiful Waialae Country Club for the Hawaiian Open. All 4 members of the big 4 have made the trip to Oahu. They are joined by Jerry Heard, Bruce Crampton, George Archer and Tom Shaw. Blustery winds are plaguing the picturesque course on round 1, and scorecards are reflecting the difficult conditions. Scores to be posted soon.
 
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Post subject: 1971 Hawaiian Open - round 1  PostPosted: Jun 11, 2018 - 01:07 PM



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Blustery winds, well-defended greens and tricky doglegs made Waialae Country Club a formidable challenge in round 1 of the Hawaiian Open. And while Hawaii may be paradise, it would take more than a set of dashboard lights for the players to see it. Only 2 of the elite 8-man field broke par on Thursday.

Jack Nicklaus, the winner at Pebble, and Jerry Heard were the first twosome on the course. The Golden Bear failed to hit a single green in his opening 4 holes, but scrambled successfully on each. The Golf Gods smiled on Jack on both the 5th and 6th holes, where he sank consecutive long-distance birdie putts (a 30’er on 5 and a 24’er on 6). A thunderous drive on the par 5 9th and an accurate 4 iron led to a 2-putt birdie. A shank and strong wind caused Jack’s only bogey of the day on the par 3 11th. But he stuck a 9 iron on the 14th and birdied and hit a 5 iron to 8’ and made the putt on the 17th. Nicklaus was the beneficiary of another minor miracle, the making of a 22’ par putt on the 15th. Nicklaus shot the round of the day, a -4 66.

Heard hit a beautiful 5 iron approach on the 3rd but a strong gust of wind blew it offline and he bogeyed the hole. He birdied the 6th after hitting a 5 iron close out of the sand and chipped in from 10 yards on the 8th for another red number. He bogeyed the 9th after a 30-yard wind took his drive out of bounds. Heard bogeyed 3 holes on the back, including both par 3s (on the 11th he missed a 5’ putt and on the 17th he needed 2 strokes to get out of the bunker) and birdied 1 (hitting a nice 7 iron on the 16th and sinking a 9’ putt). Heard finished with a +2 72.

The next pairing was Lee Trevino, who won at both DC and LA, and Bruce Crampton. Trevino had the most interesting round of the day. He hit the most greens BY FAR (13, Jack was next with 9) but needed the most putts (30). He found the sand on his approach on the 1st and couldn’t get anywhere near the hole w/ a buried lie, leading to a bogey. He tossed a dart from 160 yards w/ a 7 iron on the 2nd, kicking in from 3’ then sank a 13’ birdie on the 3rd. Trevino proceeded to settle in for 6 straight pars, with 5 of the 6 being 2-putts originating from 20-29’. The backside is where things got really interesting as Trevino managed exactly ONE PAR. He birdied 10 (stuck a wedge), 12 (13’ putt), 16 (hit a 5 iron to 3’) and 18 (12’ putt), and bogeyed 11 (short-sided), 14 (wind took his 2nd shot), 15 (3-putt) and 17 (rolled the dreaded “54” on an 8’ putt). Lee finished with a 69, 1 under.

The day did not go well for Bruce Crampton. A poor lie in the rough led to a bogey on the 1st. A great 8 iron on the 3rd was ruined by a strong gust of wind, leading to another bogey. Bruce drove out of bounds on the 5th (double) and got another poor lie on his 2nd on the 6th (bogey). He birdied the par 5 9th and par 3 11th but bogeyed 10 (missed a 6’ par putt) and 14 (trees, 4 shots to reach green). He then doubled the 15th after driving into the trees and finding no way of playing the ball forward. A birdie on 16 provided little comfort for a poor round. Bruce shot a +6 76 and was last seen staring off into the sunset and clutching a Mai Tai.

Arnold Palmer and George Archer were next out. You can’t help but say after witnessing their rounds that it was a lesson in handling adversity. Palmer bogeyed the 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th, and Archer opened bogey, bogey, double. After 7 holes each man was +4. The King then hit a 7 iron to 3’ on 8, sank a 48’ monster on the 9th, hit a wedge to 6’ on 10 and made the putt, and hit a 4 iron to 9’ and made the putt on 11. Palmer got back to even after the 11th! Archer bogeyed 8, birdied the par 5 9th (hitting a perfect 2 iron from the rough, but missing the 6’ eagle putt), bogeyed the 11th and doubled the 12th after 3-putting from 10’!!! A bogey, another double and a birdie gave Archer a +9 79, the worst round of the day. Not even a cold Mai Tai and the good company of Bruce Crampton could comfort Archer. Arnold ran into a bad lie on the 15th and a strong wing on the 16, and bogeyed each, but he did get one back on the par 5 18th when he found the green in 2. Palmer shot a very respectable +1 71.

The final group was Tom Shaw and Gary Player. Both men had excellent front 9s, making 3 birdies and only 1 bogey, and each made a long birdie putt on the par 3 4th (Shaw from 44’ and Player from 27’). The wheels came off on the back 9 for Shaw as he shot a 41 with 4 bogeys and a double. He finished at +4 74. Like Trevino, Player made only 1 par on the back, but his 3 birdies were not quite enough to offset the 5 bogeys. Player was the only golfer to bogey the par 5 finishing hole. Nevertheless, Gary ended up with an even par 70.

Scoreboard after round 1
Nicklaus -4 (66)
Trevino -1 (69)
Player E (70)
Palmer +1 (71)
Heard +2 (72)
Shaw +4 (74)
Crampton +6 (76)
Archer +9 (79)
 
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Post subject: Hawaiian Open rd 2  PostPosted: Jun 28, 2018 - 01:22 PM



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Round 2 of the Hawaiian Open at the lush Waialae Country Club is in the books. 4 men (as opposed to only 2 on day 1) shot under par and they were certainly helped by the wind calming down (from Blustery on day 1 to Moderate on day 2).

George Archer followed up his miserable opening round 79 with a 77. There wasn’t a red number to be found on his card. He clearly had given up at the end as he bogeyed each of the final 4 holes. It should be noted that George 3-putted 3 holes and needed a whopping 35 strokes on the green alone! Archer finished at +16.

Tom Shaw was +4 after his first round and matched it on the front on Friday as he bogeyed 1, 2, 4 and 5 with nary a birdie. He birdied 10 and 11 after hitting a wedge to 5’ and a gorgeous 4 iron to 4’. A double bogey on the par 4 13th stopped that momentum as he encountered a buried lie in the sand and struggled on the green. 3 more bogeys coming home gave Tom a 77 of his own and left him at +11 overall.

Bruce Crampton shot an opening round 76 and after bogeys on the 2nd and 5th on Friday was near the cut line. He then hit a 7 iron to 6’ and made the putt on the 7th, knocked a 5 iron close on the 8th and sank the birdie, holed out from the greenside bunker for EAGLE on the par 5 9th and stuck a wedge and made the putt on the 10th. He birdied 2 more and bogeyed 2 coming in, giving him the round of the day at 67 and leaving him +3 for the tourney, nowhere near the cut line.

Jerry Heard began the day at +2 and struggled with his game but managed to hold on. He was deep in the trees on the 5th and shanked a 3 iron from the rough on the 6th, but a couple of birdies helped to salvage his front 9. He found the trees on the 14th then missed the green with a chip, leading to a double, but he parried his way home and finished with a 74 and +6 overall.

So it was Archer and Shaw who would miss the weekend. Don’t feel too bad for them as Hawaii is not a bad place to spend a few days with nothing to do.

That brings us to the guys who are thinking about winning this tournament, though to be sure 3 of them have some work to do on Saturday or need the 4th to falter.

Gary Player overcame a double bogey to follow up his opening round 70 with a -2 68. He salvaged par from a buried lie in the sand on 1, hit a 7 iron to 4’ and made the birdie putt on 2, bogeyed the 3rd but had to feel a little fortunate after just missing driving into the drink and doubled the 5th after finding himself short-sided and needing 3 putts from 32’. But he got 2 back and finished the front at even par after knocking a 6-iron to 3’ and tapping in on the par 3 7th and birdying the par 5 9th after finding the green with his 2nd shot. Gary parred 10 through 16 then hit a 5 iron to 5’ on the 17th and made a short putt from the fringe on the 18th. Player finished the day at -2 for his round and the tournament.

Lee Trevino was looking forward to the day after shooting a 69 on Thursday. Plus, he’s an optimistic guy anyways. A 17’ birdie make at the 1st had him smiling. He gave it back on the 5th after driving out of bounds. He found the green in 2 on the par 5 9th and made his short birdie putt to put him at -1 for the day and -2 overall. Excellent iron play gave him birdies at 10 and 12 and had him challenging for the lead at -4 but bogeys at 13, 14 AND 15 (including missed par putts from 6’ and 7’) pushed him back. Lee finished with a 70 and ended the day where he began it at -1.

Arnold Palmer had to be feeling dιjΰ vu after bogeying the opening 3 holes of his round (he was +4 on Thur after 7 holes). But just like in round 1, the King bounced back, birdying 4 of the next 6 holes and going out in 35, even par for the round. He birdied 14 and 15 with putts from 12’ and 10’, but gave a shot back when he missed a 5’ putt (rolled a “54”) on 17. Overall though, a 69 left him at even for the tournament and certainly earned him his namesake beverage, maybe one with a jigger of the hard stuff.

Jack Nicklaus was the overnight leader, having shot an opening round 66. He missed a 5’ birdie putt here at the 3rd, which must have irked him as he then missed the green and needed 2 putts for bogey on the par 3 4th. Jack found some magic in his short stick near the turn. He drained a bomb from 43’ for a birdie on 8 (rolling a “66”). He then found the green w/ a 4 iron on his 2nd shot on the par 5 9th and almost made the 44’ eagle putt, settling for a tap in birdie. On the 10th his wedge settled 25’ from the cup but he confidently rolled the birdie putt in (rolling an “11” this time). He dropped a shot on the 14th but his putter saved him repeatedly as he sank par putts of 10’ on the 13th, 8’ on the 15th, 7’ on the 16th and 11’ on the 17th. He hit driver and 5 wood on the par 5 finishing hole and nestled his long eagle putt close to the hole for another birdie. The Golden Bear shot a 2 under 68 to move him to -6 overall and 4 shots clear.

Scoreboard after round 2
Nicklaus -6 (66)(68)
Player -2 (70)(68)
Trevino -1 (69)(70)
Palmer E (71)(69)
Crampton +3 (76)(67)
Heard +6 (72)(74)

CUT
Shaw +11 (74)(77)
Archer +16 (79)(77)
 
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Post subject: 1971 Hawaiian Open - round 3  PostPosted: Jul 13, 2018 - 12:58 PM



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Moving day at the Hawaiian Open saw a player at the bottom of the leaderboard shoot a great score and the leaders make it a 2-horse race. The hot weather dried out the course, which made it play shorter (+20 Fairway), but also made it difficult to get the ball close to the pin (+10 Green). When the Moderate wind kicked up Waialae was anything but paradise.

Jerry Heard (+6) and Bruce Crampton (+3) were first out. Crampton hit the most fairways (9) and Heard the most greens (11), but really there is only 1 statistic that matters, and that is the score. Crampton struggled to a +4 74, the worst round of the day. He got off to an atrocious start, bogeying 4 of the opening 6 holes (and birdying 1). He got a bit unlucky, having to play out of poor lies in the sand on 1 and 5 and a buried lie on 4. His birdie came with the putter from the fringe, 12’ away from the cup. He will be ruing missed 8’ and 9’ birdie putts on the 8th and 9th. Crampton birdied 10 and 11 then missed makeable putts on 12 through 14. 2 more bogeys coming in left Crampton with a disappointing 74.

Heard shot the round of the day, a 65, birdying 8 holes and bogeying 3. Highlights included a hole out from a poor lie in a greenside bunker on the 5th, excellent putting from midrange on the front 9 (11’ birdie on 2, 11’ par on 4, 14’ par on 6 and 13’ birdie on 8), a 6 iron to 2’ on 11 and a chip in from 15 yards on 13. That doesn’t even account for birdies on 17 and 18. Great round for Jerry!

Lee Trevino (-1) and Arnold Palmer (E) came into the day hoping to get themselves in contention, but instead shot pedestrian rounds that left them with little chance on Sunday. Palmer continued his tradition of struggling on the opening holes, bogeying the 1st and 5th and doubling the 3rd. The double bogey was especially painful as he found the fairway with a 3 wood then put a pitching wedge into the water. He hit his driver on the 6th and just missed the bunker, then caught a good bounce and rolled another 50 yards down the fairway. This time his pitching wedge did not let him down, leaving him with a 3’ birdie. He hit a so-so 7 iron on the par 3 7th but then sank a bomb from 36’. From there Arnie managed 1 birdie and 1 bogey, but will be thinking about missed birdie putts on the par 3s on the back (8’ on 11 and 6’ on 17). Palmer hit only 4 fairways, the least of any player, and finished with a +2 72.

Trevino bogeyed 2 holes on the front, the 1st after having a poor lie in the sand and the 6th after hitting an 8 iron in the trees. He birdied the 3rd after a pinpoint 9 iron and the par 5 9th after rolling a 5-iron onto the green and 2-putting from 23’. He continued the up and down play on the back. He birdied the par 3 11th after hitting a 6 iron to 12’. But he followed it up w/ a 3-putt bogey. He bogeyed the 14th then hit a poor chip from 10 yards on the 17th, bogeying again. A nice 3 wood 2nd on 18 put him on the green and he 2-putted for a birdie. Surprisingly for such a good putter, Lee needed the most strokes on the green, 30. He shot a +1 71.

The final group consisted of Gary Player (-2) and Jack Nicklaus (-6). The Golden Bear’s 4-shot lead was halved after he bogeyed the difficult 1st (only Player and Heard didn’t) and the South African birdied the 2nd. And after Player sank a 27’ birdie on the par 3 4th, the lead was 1 and IT WAS ON. On the par 4 6th Jack hit his 6 iron to 5’ while Gary missed the green with a 7 iron. Nicklaus sank the birdie putt and Player failed to get up and down, missing a 5’ par putt. On the 8th, both men found the green but Player made his 6’ birdie while Nicklaus needed 3 strokes from 18’. Each man birdied 9, 10 and 12 while parring 11, 13, 14 and 15. On the par 4 16th, Jack found himself with a buried lie in the greenside bunker but hit a great sand wedge to 7’ and made the putt. Player missed the 16th green with his 8 iron approach then failed to get up and down, falling 2 strokes back. Both men parred the closing holes but Player had to feel let down after missing birdie putts from 4’ and 6’! Player finished with a 66 and Nicklaus a 68.

Scoreboard after round 3
Nicklaus -8 (66)(68)(68)
Player -6 (70)(68)(66)
Trevino E (69)(70)(71)
Heard +1 (72)(74)(65)
Palmer +2 (71)(69)(72)
Crampton +7 (76)(67)(74)
 
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