Golf: Jacobson's Galloway quest: 'Unbelievable'
GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Andy Jacobson was one beat-up golfer leaving the 18th green at Galloway National Golf Club early Friday afternoon.
He was a little teary eyed feeling he might have let some people down, like his caddie.
"I told him 'No way,' " said his father Joel, the pro at Eagle Creek who lugged his son's clubs all three rounds of the USGA State Team Championship, plus a practice round.
"I thought he did a great job on as tough a course as you'll ever see; I think it's more severe than Hazeltine [National]," said Joel, referring to the Chaska site that has hosted multiple majors.
Andy, 33, shot 79 on Thursday as the Minnesota amateur team finished with a 458, a score or 32-over par. Andy's other rounds were 77 and 76 for a 232 total. His teammate Matt Schneider, 24, of Cohasset, had the best scores on the three-man team shooting 77-76-75-228.
Joel said the greens were slick, sloping with huge breaks and tough pin placements. There's not much fringe to work with either before your ball is in thick grass, the caddie further explained.
"If you're off the green you practically need a miracle to get up and down [in two shots]," said Joel.
In a phone call from New Jersey after a refreshing shower, Andy said he found it "overwhelming and humbling" to play the Tom Fazio designed course.
"It was an unbelievable experience but you still want to score well," said Andy. "The front nine chewed me up again."
He doubled bogeyed No. 7 and took a triple bogey on the par-three No. 8. His 3-iron off the tee dribbled into a pond. He tried to splash out but the ball buried in the lip. He ended up 100 yards back in the drop area and was fortunate to escape with a six and a 41 on the front nine, which followed a 40 on Thursday.
"I'm just thankful I had this chance," Andy said. "I kept a good attitude throughout and I think this will make me a better, more confident golfer."
Galloway gives up birdies grudgingly; Andy had two each day. Of the 312 rounds played by the 52 teams the first two days, only eight golfers broke par with the top score a 69 on the par 71 circuit.
Andy was in a threesome with Brian Komline, one of "the best players" in New Jersey. He came in at 80 on his home course.
Joel said he was worn out by both the pace of play and length of the course. Lori Jacobson followed her son and her husband all 54 holes, in addition to the practice round. Andy is flying back today while his parents are driving as part of a vacation.
The winning team was New York with a three-day aggregate score of 428 (the high score each day is discarded). Minnesota ended up in a tie for 24th with Maryland and Virginia compared to 37th place in 2010.