Hilton Head Island resident Matt Bova is playing in his first PGA Tour event this week, as the Haig Point Club assistant professional earned an exemption into the field by winning the Carolinas PGA's 18-hole qualifier at Berkeley Hall last month. The 26-year-old shares his experiences this week in a daily diary, as told to reporter Chris Cox.
I had to work this morning with the RBC guys. We hosted all of them this morning. I got up freakishly early. I caught a 1:10 water taxi over, so I got here about 1:30, hit some balls, putted for a little bit and then snuck out probably about 2:15, 2:30. I didn't hit it that well yesterday. I started to hit better today, so things are looking better. Hopefully I'll just be able to carry it over for the next couple days. I think I really just need to make sure I get putting down, too, because I think I'm going to have to make a lot of putts if I want any chance of making the cut.
I started off playing with Kyle Stanley, and then we broke off. He was just taking a little bit more time around the greens and stuff. I just played the rest of the 18 by myself. Kyle being from Berkeley (Hall), I thought it'd be kind of cool just to say hey, although he's not there anymore. I played really just one hole with them and then we broke off.
I'm trying to catch a late dinner and then going home, going to bed, waking up and working again tomorrow. We're catching a 6:30 ferry (to work). ... I should be here about 1:30. With the pro-am going on and stuff, it's pretty much going to be booked, so I'll just do a lot of chipping, pitching, putting and some full swing.
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I got my tee time, which is exciting. I'm actually 9 o'clock on Thursday. Fabian Gomez and Doug LaBelle II, so I'm looking forward to playing with them.