Beaufort resident and former USC golfer Mark Anderson is playing in his third consecutive Heritage. He was at 1-under par through 15 holes when play was suspended Thursday. He shares his experience with a daily diary, as told to reporter Sam McDowell.
I played with Ben Martin and Kyle Stanley, two former Clemson players, and they're both good guys. I've known them for a while, so it wasn't too bad. We kind of give each other a hard time every once in a while about the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry, but it was an enjoyable pairing.
I started off with three birdies in the first eight holes Thursday. I made a couple long putts. I felt pretty good, ball-striking wise, but the key was I made a those long putts to get some momentum going. That was the name of the game -- I could make the long ones, but I couldn't make the short ones.
I struggled on the back nine, and I finished at 1-under par; we finished 15 holes before it was suspended for darkness. I missed a short putt on No. 11 and a short one on No. 14 to make double bogey there. I didn't hit it in a good spot, but that happens. Overall, it was a solid day. I hit it pretty good and drove it nicely off the tee. The irons felt good.
I was on the course when the rain hit us. We all just kind of sat around during the delay and wondered if we were going back out. We just relaxed. You have to expect and prepare as if you're going to go back out. It's always tough sitting around for a while because you're getting a little bit tighter. It's tough, but we'll come out today to resume the round at 7:45 a.m., and it will be nice.
I'm just going to have fun. We'll be playing those three holes, and then going right back out. It's only three extra holes; I can handle it. I'm playing in the morning today. My tee time (after I finish the first round) is 8:50 a.m.
I just have to play steady. That's the key. I don't think you need to go really low in the morning all of a sudden. For me, the key is just to play steady golf, pick my spots and make some birdies where I can.