NH senior pars first seven holes, then cools off at Seymour Regional
Getting off to a good start in golf is as important to a player as bringing the right club to the tee box.
When North Harrison’s Zach Davis began Friday’s round of the Seymour Regional with seven straight pars, he thought good things would happen.
‘Normally, I’m really nervous when I have a big round like that to play. For some reason, I wasn’t too nervous after the first tee shot,’ Davis said.
Over the first seven holes, the senior, who will attend University of Southern Indiana in the fall, proceeded to have several birdie attempts. None of the putts fell, but Davis marched through the out-nine at the Seymour Elk Club course with a ton of confidence.
But a wayward tee shot on the 527-yard, par-5 eighth hole started a downward spiral.
The first blast sailed left and into a pine tree. His second shot was hit thin and traveled only a couple of dozen yards. The third landed just left of the green, and after a chip and two-putt, Davis carded his first over for the round.
He bogeyed the final hole on the front side to finish with a very respectable three-over-par 38, with just 13 putts.
The second nine wasn’t so friendly. Davis three-putted four times and marked only two pars to go along with five bogeys and a pair of doubles.
‘When I came up here for my practice round, I shot five-over on the par-3s and I played even on them today,’ Davis pointed out. ‘I just couldn’t have asked for a better start. I just wasn’t able to finish it out.’
On the second nine, Davis bumped his putt total to 22.
‘If you trim that down to 13, which is probably a bit much, that makes me three under coming in and with a total that might make it out.
‘It would have been nice to make it to state or to make it up here with the team, but I had a good year, and our team had a great season,’ Davis pointed out. ‘Me and Kyle (Mattingly) and Cole all made all-conference and we had a crazy team record that has to be one of the best ever. We had a good run.’
In the team chase, Floyd Central placed second in the regional to champion Columbus North.
The Highlanders will take part in this week’s state final at The Legends of Indiana in Franklin.