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 failed to make the cut after finishing his second round with a 10-over-par 81. Bova shares his experiences this week in a daily diary, as told to reporter Chris Cox.
It was kind of cool being out there with only 15, 16 other guys having to play. It kind of felt like you had the whole place to yourself. It was really cold, and I was real bundled up. It was much different than the rest of the week. I missed my birdie putt on 16, actually hooked my tee shot on 17 in the water, made a double there. Eighteen was playing pretty long, especially for me. ... I left it way to the right and it actually went up into the bleachers on the right. So I had to drop that.
It was a great experience. It's pretty cool to think that not many other guys can say they've had a chance to play in a PGA Tour event. When you kind of look at it as a whole, even though I didn't play great, it was still hopefully not a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but you know, it could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Even the bad holes, I still cherish every moment. I had a great time.
Steve, my caddie, actually went to work. He was called into work so he left on a 9:20 water taxi and went back to work. Myself, the fiancee and my soon-to-be father-in-law had breakfast in the clubhouse. We got done about 9:30, so we were kind of thinking about what we wanted to do. They didn't start until 11, so we didn't really want to wait around. We actually did some wedding shopping. Went to Sam's and bought all the alcohol. We bought dinner for tonight.
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We DVR'd (The Golf Channel) yesterday but we haven't had a chance to watch it yet. So I'm not sure if I made it on or not. That would be really cool, but we haven't had a chance to look at it yet.
Thanks to all the Haig Point members, family and friends for all the support. It really helped make the week special.