Hilton Head Island resident Matt Bova is playing in his first PGA Tour event this week, as the Haig Point Club assistant professional earned an exemption into the field by winning the Carolinas PGA's 18-hole qualifier at Berkeley Hall last month. The 26-year-old was 7 over with three holes to play in Friday's second round before rain halted play. Bova shares his experiences this week in a daily diary, as told to reporter Chris Cox.
We've all been joking saying I made it to the weekend. We knew since I wasn't playing well, Steve (Barco) my caddie, we were kind of hoping that it would rain just so they could call it and I could come back for tomorrow.
I was even through 11 and then I bogeyed on 12, tripled 13 and then tripled 14.
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The wind so much hasn't bothered me today. For some reason it just seems 12, 13 and 14 had my number. I think I made bogey on 12 yesterday and doubled on 13 and doubled on 14. So they just had my number for some reason. That's not a good way to look at it. I've been hitting the ball well, it just seems around those holes I hit a few squirrely shots. I end up shooting myself in the foot and making a big number.
Steve and I were just talking about getting redemption and having a good back nine, not really thinking about how bad I played, just trying to stay positive and saying, 'We're going to hit the back nine today and get some redemption on it.'
Since this is a first experience for me, it's very cool. I'm not going to skip out on anything. One of the guys in our group is actually going to leave, he's not coming back. Fabian (Gomez). This being my first experience, I'm going to come back. It's kind of exciting, being able to come back in the morning and there will only be three other groups on the golf course, at least on the back. There will be some on the front as well. So it will be fun, I'm looking forward to it. Work, I'll be off now. I'll come out and finish this, and then I don't know about Sunday.