It’s not easy.
When the wind blows, it’s even tougher — the higher the wind speeds, the higher the scores.
“It gets looking ugly in a hurry and you can see by the scores,” Joey Sindelar says after a blustery second round at the Champions Tour Legends of Golf
at Top of the Rock on Saturday
. “I mean, it’s just tough to do. The wind, this much wind, it starts affecting the putts.
“Not that those are excuses, it’s just that we didn’t stripe it and we didn’t always guess well, just like many didn’t. So we got 1-under and we still have a chance so I’m happy about that.”
Sindelar teamed with John Cook to take the first round lead Friday
with a 10-under 60 on the tournament’s other course, Buffalo Ridge
, they played 18 holes on the nine-hole, par-3 Top of the Rock
, and are tied for second at 11 under, one shot behind the team of Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosman, who carded a 6-under 64 at Buffalo Ridge.
“I’m glad we played on this golf course today,” Woosnam says. “It was pretty tricky over (at Top of the Rock) yesterday, so I can imagine it was even worse today.”
The tournament features two divisions: The Champions, for players 50 and older, and the Legends, for players 65 and older. All teams play a better ball, while the Legends also used the modified alternating shot format.
Cook and Sindelar moved it to 12-under with two birdies on the front nine Saturday, before stumbling to a double bogey on the innocent 121-yard 15th hole — the same hole they’d birdied two hours earlier.
“Well, I hit a shot that looked like it was going to be stiff and it flew 25 to 30 yards farther,” Cook says. “It wasn’t even close, it flew far into the back water. It was a shock, just a shock.”
Cook and Sindelar are tied for second with Corey Pavin and Duffy Waldorf, who shot a 3-under at Top of the Rock.
In the Legends Division, Bruce Fleisher and Larry Nelson posted a 4-under 66 at Buffalo Ridge and are at 11 under, four shots clear of the teams of Butch Baird-Al Geiberger and Jack Nicklaus-Gary Player.
“I thought it was a very difficult day,” Fleisher says. “The wind really played havoc.”
The 54-hole tournament concludes Sunday, with all teams playing at Top of the Rock.