One of the local favorites and a longtime Oak Tree resident, Bob Tway looked to be making a charge on Friday morning. He got to even par for the tournament with four holes left, but played the final stretch in 5 over. Still, he’ll be around for the weekend, likely with a big gallery once again.
Q: You didn’t finish the way you wanted, but can you address your round?
A: Yeah, I played good for about 14 holes and then I hit some poor shots. I hit it in the rough on the 6th hole, tournament 6th hole. It makes it difficult. Hit a very poor chip on the par 5. Actually hit a pretty good shot at 17. I guess I hit the wrong club. I normally hit a 6-iron 165 and hit it 185.
Then the last hole I hit a very poor drive. It's kind of sad to play that well and then throw it all away.
You know, it's kind of how I've played, though. If I hit the ball well, I play good. If I miss greens, I play bad. My short game is terrible.
What’s the key to playing well here?
If you hit the fairways you're going to hit the greens and you can shoot a good score. If you miss the fairways, well, good luck, because you're going to have a hard day. That's the way it's supposed to be. I'm so proud of the people here. You know, they've worked their tails off to get it in this kind of shape. It's fantastic. It's just a great test of golf.
How do you adjust your goals from this point on?
It's the same deal. I play golf every day and some days are better than others and just probably work on it a little bit this afternoon. Like I said, I did pretty good for 14 holes. I wouldn't do a lot different there but I would have done a little bit different the last. But, you know, it's just golf. It's not like I came in this tournament thinking boy, I'm playing great, I'm going to have a chance to win this tournament. I haven't played any good this year. I haven't played any good since I've been on the senior tour. So, you know, just got to try to get better if I want to keep playing.
With all the hoopla about the Oak Tree guys at their own course, is it a good thing or not to have you all playing together the first two rounds?
Oh, I think it was great. I think it was great for the people who wanted to come out and watch. It was good for us. Unfortunately, we just didn't play any good.