Oliver Betschart continues fine form in Texas
Oliver Betschart overcame frigid conditions on the way to producing another impressive display on the Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, at the weekend.
The promising player finished fifth in the boys 13 to 14 division and tied for 27th among the field of 87, that competed in the 36-hole Hill Country Open at the 6,354 yard, par 72 Slick Rock-HSB layout.
Betschart carded an eleven over 155 to finish one shot shy of the third and final spot on the podium, playing in near freezing conditions.
“I was pleased but made a few bad decisions like club selection and it was cold,” he said. “I went through five packs of the hand warmers trying to keep the feeling in my fingers.”
The 13-year-old shot a seven over 79 in the opening round on Saturday.
He was five over at the turn after making a triple bogey at the par 3 second hole and back-to-back bogeys at No 7 and 8.
A sole birdie for the round at the par 5 tenth, laid the platform for an improved showing coming in on the back nine, which the teenager played at two over.
He then made a promising start to the second round the following day after rolling in a birdie on the first hole, but was pegged back after making bogey and double bogey on the next two holes.
However, Betschart managed to steady the ship with a birdie at No 4 and remained fairly consistent to make the turn at two over.
He dropped another shot after making a birdie at the par 5, tenth for the second straight day and despite carding three additional bogeys coming in, managed to sign off with an impressive four over 76.
Betschart’s coach and former PGA Tour winner, David Ogrin, was pleased with his student’s display in trying conditions.
“He played really well,” Ogrin said. “It was tough conditions and in the end he was only four shots off of the winner Braden Boone.”
Betschart has been taking advantage in recent years of an opportunity to continue his development in the United States working with Ogrin at his academy in Texas.
Boone won the boys 13-14 age group title by two shots over second placed Oliver Mcspadden, with Luciano Follmer and Luciano Follmer finishing tied for third a further shot back.
Nicholas Logis and Ian Immenschuh were the overall winners after finishing tied for first at two over 146. Braden Smith rounded off the top three a further shot adrift.