Locals struggle at second day of Adams Tour event
April 22, 2010 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2010 at 11:22 p.m.
In his senior year at UT-Tyler, Will Orr was in a serious car accident.
He broke both of his legs, and it took him three months of physical therapy to learn how to walk, and he was away from golf for a year.
Now, the El Campo native and former golfer at El Campo High School is making a comeback, playing his first year on the Adams Tour. The Victoria Open is his fourth tournament of the year, with his fifth possibly coming next week in Waco.
It hasn't been a smooth start, though.
"It's kind of been a rough start to season," he said, adding that part of his struggles to start the year on tour have been part nerves, part being new.
He said he came down for a prac tice round a month ago, but otherwise was not familiar with the course at Victoria Country Club.
It would be nice, he said, to come away with a win close to home.
Orr is one of several locals playing in the Victoria Open, but is the only member from the area playing regularly on the Adams Tour.
Unfortunately, Thursday didn't end well for Orr. After shooting at 5-over 77 on Tuesday and being right near the line to be cut, he made a key mistake that pushed him out of contention.
"I was doing all right until No. 3 on the front," Orr said. "I was on the cut line, maybe if I made a couple of birdies, but after that I was done.
"I hit the ball better [Thursday], I just hit it out of bounds on No. 3, and it killed all momentum I had," he said. "I made some cheap bogies around the greens I didn't make [Wednesday]."
It wasn't a good day for other local players, either. Victoria's David Perez and Kyle Monk both missed the cut, and Yorktown's Jeff Massey, whose home course is Victoria Country Club and was playing the tournament as an amateur, said the wind affected him all through the second day.
"The wind was a little different today, stronger, tougher conditions," he said.
Massey finished the tournament at 11-over.
Joe Mitchell Jr., the assistant golf professional at Victoria Country Club and a former member of the Adams Tour, was having a bounce back day after shooting 4-over on the first day before problems struck late in the round.
He said he was 2-over early in the round, and was able to get it down to 1-under for the day after getting a birdie on No. 13. Then his day derailed on No. 15.
"I tugged one back into the tank on 15, and that's where I finished," he said. "My swing just doesn't feel that good this week, haven't had a lot of time to work on it. I still hung in there and grinded it out."
He ended up missing the cut, shooting 5-over for the first two days and missing the cut by one stroke.
This is Mitchell's 11th year playing in this event, including a seventh place finish last year.
Mitchell said his experience in this event and playing on his home course was a big help for him.
"I know where to hit it, where to miss it, you know the greens real well," he said.
Wind whipped: The weather shifted drastically from warm, still day players saw the day before. Entering the day, the cut was projected to be at 1-over, but that plan was blown away in a hurry.
The cut for the first round ended up at 4-over, with 43 players advancing. One player was disqualified after the round for using an club that did not conform to the rules.
The leader board also shifted too, as Andrew Landry, who shot a 1-under 71 on the first day and was well back of the leaders on the first day, shot a 6-under 66 on the second day and got some help from the first day leaders - Todd Rossetti, Will Dodson, Michael Smith - who all shot par or worse the second day.
Craig Van Horn and Chad Saladin, both one shot off the leader after the opening round, shot a 70 on the second day to stay back by one shot of first place.
Play resumes today at 8 a.m.
Adams Golf Pro Tour - Victoria Open
Victoria Country Club
April 22 - Second Round Results
Par: 72 Yardage: 6870
43 players made the CUT at 4 over par and better; a - amateur.
1 Andrew Landry Groves, TX 71-66--137 -7
T2 C. VanHorn Oklahoma City, OK 68-70--138 -6
T2 Chad Saladin Rolla, MO 68-70--138 -6
T4 Brian Mills Fort Worth, TX 68-71--139 -5
T4 Todd Rossetti Dallas, TX 67-72--139 -5
T4 Will Dodson Dallas, TX 67-72--139 -5
7 Gabe Reynolds San Marcos, TX 69-72--141 -3
T8 Bobby Hutcherson Memphis, TX 71-71--142 -2
T8 Shawn Jasper Marthasville, MO 69-73--142 -2
T8 Bill Allcorn Abilene, TX 68-74--142 -2
T8 Jose Toledo Guatemala City 71-71--142 -2
T8 Michael Smith Lafayette, LA 67-75--142 -2
T8 Jeremy Alcorn Brownwood, TX 70-72--142 -2
T8 Michael Arnaud Beaumont, TX 69-73--142 -2
T8 Robby Ormand Austin, TX 68-74--142 -2
T16 Paul Norris Dallas, TX 72-71--143 -1
T16 Randy Lowry Houston, TX 68-75--143 -1