CEDAR RAPIDS — The wind was blowing upward of 20 miles per hour Friday morning at Twin Pines Golf Course.
The gusts didn’t bother Cedar Rapids native Scott Carnes, though. It was just the rest of his game that caused him trouble.
Carnes and 112 others participated in the Cedar Rapids Men’s Senior Amateur golf tournament on Friday, kicking off the annual three-day event. And while Carnes has found great success in the event in the past — he’s won the tournament eight times — he said he struggled on Friday.
“(The wind) wasn’t my problem,” Carnes said. “My problem was a lot of other things. Every once in a while, it just happens that way, and unfortunately, it was just one of those days. I wish I could give you a little more insight of what happened or what goes on, but I just played poorly.”
Carnes started out making bogey on three of his first six holes. The slow start, paired with four more bogeys on the back nine, gave Carnes a final score of 78, 7-over par.
However, Carnes isn’t completely out of the running yet. He enters the second day of play tied for 28th place, just two strokes away from making the cut to enter the final round of play.
Yet if he is going to make a run and make the cut, Carnes said he needs to change quite a bit from his play.
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“Things will have to get a lot better, that’s all there is to it,” Carnes said. “I was just totally out of sync today. That doesn’t happen very often where I can’t get it back into sync partway through the round, but I never could (today). There’s nothing I could say about it. Normally I have a lot to say, but this was just kind of a bad situation. But like I said, this is golf.”
Tim Ingwersen and George Gartelos lead the open division after the first day, each shooting 67. They’re followed by Jim Petersen and Jerry Johnson at 2-under and 1-under, respectively, as the only four players to shoot under par.
John Dearth leads the Senior division by three strokes, firing a 2-over 73. Mark Hathaway leads the Super Senior division by one stroke after shooting 69, and Jack Peacock leads the Silver Senior division after shooting an even-par.
The tournament resumes play Saturday morning at Ellis Golf Course in Cedar Rapids. After the second day of play, players in the Open division who make the cut will conclude the tournament with the Cedar Rapids Men’s City Amateur tournament on Sunday at Ellis. The Senior, Super Senior and Silver Senior divisions will conclude after Saturday’s round.
But after how the field came in on Friday, Carnes said he wouldn’t be surprised if the race kept tight in the open division. There’s still a lot of golf to be played, he said, and if the wind keeps up like it did on Friday, it could cause some issues throughout the weekend.
“It’ll be interesting to see what happens,” Carnes said. “With the wind blowing the next few days and at Ellis, it could make it interesting.”
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