It was good to get away for my only vacation of the summer, a less than 24-hour trip to rainy Maine this weekend, but bookending that trip was a great local golf tournament and a chance to hear one of New England’s best golfers talk about his chance at a little redemption.
Last week, Jack Whelan was the steadiest golfer in the three days of the 45th Francis Ouimet Memorial Championship and that consistency earned him the win with a total score of 211 in the 54-hole tournament.
I saw Whelan make it to the MassAm semi-finals before he bowed out to eventual champion Mike Calef. He said he learned a lot from that loss, and the St. Lawrence sophomore will head back to one of the shortest golf seasons in upstate New York with a wealth of course experience for his college coaches.
Here is video and the story from the Boston Herald on the victory. First round coverage from difficult Ipswich Country Club can be found here, while second round coverage (with video all three days by the way) from Turner Hill can be found here.
Keegan Bradley didn’t play well at the Deutsche Bank Championship last year. Plain and simple.
He talked to a large contingent of media members — before we all headed out and played TPC Boston — via teleconference on Monday and discussed his season and desire to get back to Boston and put on a good showing.
Bradley is a down-to-earth guy, and very mature for a 26-year-old. Here’s the story from today’s Boston Herald.
(BTW: I shot 89 with a triple and two doubles after not picking up a club in a month. Not good. But I’m indifferent towards it.)