By Beaux Yenchik, UGA Intern
Millcreek, UT – Parents can have such a profound impact on the lives of their children, and it was evident Monday for the low medalist.
Denny Job did not get off to the start that he had wanted. He had begun his qualifying round with two pars on holes where birdies were to be expected. Walking toward the third tee box, Job knew he would have to get something going in order to go low to clinch one of the two qualifying spots.
So, what happened to Job on his very next hole?
“My dad showed up to come caddie, we just birdied the third hole, and [we] got off to a good start,” Job stated.
With a couple of pars on holes 4-5, Job was faced with a lengthy eagle putt on the 545-yard par-5 sixth hole. After lining up the putt and giving hit a whack, Job knocked in what would be another momentum booster to his 7-under-par round.
Having circled another birdie on his opening nine on the par-3 eighth hole, Job would then experience his only hiccup of the day on the very next hole – carding a bogey to finish his front nine with a 3-under-par 33.
“Had one bogey on nine and kind of shook that off,” Job said. “[I] kept trying to take it as low as I could because there are a lot of good players. I knew I had to shoot a good score.”
Needing to avoid any derailment, Job would bounce back with birdies on holes 12-13 and 15-16. With pars on his other remaining holes, Job would record a 4-under-par 32 on the back nine – shooting his final score of 65 (-7).
“[I’m] just excited to be in and see what I can do,” Job said.
Job will be accompanied to Charlotte Country Club by his USGA four-ball partner, David Jennings. Jennings, who had the so-called clubhouse lead for an hour or two, put together an impressive round himself. With four birdies and one bogey on the front, Jennings would card a 3-under-par 33.
Entering No. 18, Jennings found himself at 7 under par. Only needing to simply hit the green, two-putt for par, and walk off toward scoring, Jennings instead blundered on the last by carding a double bogey to shoot 32 (-2) on the back and an overall 67 (-5).
Job and Jennings will head to Charlotte next month for the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, which will be held Sept. 21-27.