Pope’s new putter brings fresh result

Friday, April 30, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:09 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

A golfer can always change his swing if he has trouble with his game. Rock Bridge’s Jeff Pope changed his equipment instead.

Pope used a new putter to push the Rock Bridge Bruins to a 165-175 win against the Marshall Owls on Thursday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course. Pope won with a 38.

“I tested out a new Ping putter today because my Scotty Cameron’s not doing me too good,” he said. “I liked it. I putted pretty well with it.”

Pope said he thinks the new club will help him at the district tournament Tuesday in Sedalia.

“I’ve been playing good except for putting,” he said. “Today it seemed to go a lot better, so hopefully I should shoot pretty good at districts.”

Pope’s putter helped him for most of the round. He made seven pars.

“I played good except for two holes,” he said. “I just shanked one on five and made double. (On hole) six, I just tried to go for the green and make up a shot and it ended up costing me one.”

Rainy weather affects some golfers

Pope said he thinks he could have done better if not for the constant rain.

“On a couple of drives, I could feel my driver kind of slip out of my hand a little bit,” he said.

The Bruins’ Ben Lake tied Marshall’s Max Gibbs for second at 40. Lake’s round was the opposite of Pope’s.

“The weather didn’t really affect me too much,” Lake said. “I couldn’t really make the short putts and that really hurt my round. If I could have made a few I probably could have shot one or two over.”

Lake said wet greens hurt his putting.

“It made it a lot slower,” he said. “I left a lot of putts short. I thought they were going to be faster.”

Despite a poor performance on the greens, Lake said he feels ready for districts.

“I need to work on my driver a little bit and my putting, but other than that I feel pretty confident and pretty comfortable,” he said.

Bruins celebrate Senior Night

Despite the win, Bruins coach Doug Daniels said his team could have played better. He said he did not consider the rain a factor.

“Golf is a fleeting game,” he said. “You have it one day, you don’t have it the other. There’s no explanation.”

Some of the Bruins’ familiar faces, Jay Rader and Thomas Schuenemeyer, did not play in the match.

“It’s Senior Night, so we wanted all the seniors we had on the team to be able to play,” Daniels said. “I only have two juniors on the team, and I had a junior that hadn’t had a chance to play much and I wanted him to play. Rader’s a junior, and Schuenemeyer’s a sophomore so I thought, ‘Let them sit it out, and let some of the other kids who haven’t played play.’”

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