By Steve Robinson | October 12, 2007 - 7:42 am
Posted in Category: Pekin Daily Times, Pekin HS

golfBLOOMINGTON – Pekin Community High golfers who advanced to the IHSA State Tournament at The Den at Fox Creek collectively say they had a tough Friday on the links as they tried to advance toward medal play.

Although conditions were ideal with sunny skies, a light breeze, and temperatures in the high 50s to mid 60s, seniors Brian Mahoney and Shane McCafferty and junior Nate Deakins admitted they faltered at various points throughout the day.

Although he shot a 6-over 78 on the day, Mahoney admitted, “(My round) could have been better. It wasn’t horrible.”

He said he did not putt very well and made what he thought were “some poor choices” in club selection at points during the day, even if his score might not reflect that.

He pared 10 holes, and scored an eagle on the par 5 539-yard 14th hole, yet had a bogey and a double bogey in the middle of a near-perfect front nine, where he came away with a 4-over score of 40 to start the day.

Pekin DragonsMcCafferty’s results left him frustrated as he had four double-bogeys during the day, contributing to his 12-over par 84 at the end of the day. He ended each 9-hole session with a score of 6-over par 42.

“(Those double-bogeys) just killed my round,” McCafferty said. His one bright spot in the round was a birdie on the par-4 third hole.

“I just couldn’t find my game out there today,” he said. “I wasn’t comfortable with any shots today and I didn’t make comfortable swings. I didn’t make confident swings, which led to poor shots, and poor shots led to big numbers.”

He said he had a similar round during regionals, but was able to recoup enough to play an improved sectional game.

“I’ve got another round tomorrow that I can try to use to forget this one,” McCafferty said. “I’ll shoot for better numbers tomorrow.”

Three double-bogeys plagued Deakin’s round, with him finishing with a 13-over par 85 for the day. He managed a 6-over par 42 on the front 9, and a 7-over par 43 on the back 9.

Like Mahoney and McCafferty, Deakin pared the first four holes he played before running afoul of the par 5 7th hole, leaving its green with a double-bogey.

IHSAPCHS Golf Coach Bob Neal said his players had been advised by other familiar with the Arnold Palmer-designed course that the 5th, 6th, and 7th holes, as a tandem, were to be played with caution.

As for his players’ efforts over the course of their rounds, Neal said, “I know the effort was there for all of them. They were trying to do as well as they could. Things weren’t working out for them.”

Neal said there is a different feel for golfers when they are playing as individuals in match play as opposed to being part of a golf team.

He said he thinks his players, knowing full-well they were really trying to better their own efforts while playing for PCHS, gave themselves some added pressure, creating self-imposed tension.

Mahoney, McCafferty, and Deakins will tee off again Saturday morning in the second round.

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