Roughs Annual Golf Classic is a 2-day, 4-round championship golf tournament hosted at Roughs Golf Club in Horsham, PA. It will be the 7th installment of this summer classic, and the largest ever field at 15 golfers. From 4-year college golfers to relative newcomers, from Roughs first-timers to 7-year vets, the tournament welcomes all for a weekend of incredible golf. Check out the player profiles below, and tune in at 2:05pm Sunday afternoon to the live broadcast of the final group. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bob-long-sports
The Sultan of Swat. The King of Crash. The Colossus of Clout (The Colossus of Clout!). Kyle Martin. Roughs 5-time champion. Only once has he surrendered the title of Roughs, in 2010 to Greg Goodreds. Kyle brings it all, from the day 1 experience of helping to design and construct Roughs in 2005, to the D-1 experience of leading the Blue Hens of Delaware for the last four years. He can hit any shot on the golf course and has a knack for hitting timely putts, and just last year separated himself from Bob Long in the final round with a 58 (-14), one stroke off the course record. He will be no doubt tough to beat once again.
This guy can bomb on the golf course. Not that it matters all that much at Roughs, where 56 yards is the longest hole on the course. However, his shot-making ability is second to only Martin on this course, and we saw this down the stretch last year, going -15 in his final two rounds, including 63 in round 4, and red numbers all four rounds. Last year took him just a bit too long to get going and that probably cost him a chance to compete on Sunday, but expect McGinnis to be ready Saturday this year to put up a number. He has a late tee time, so will see two rounds on the board from Martin and both Longs by the time he tees off, which can help to focus and right-size the expectations for the number needed.
Last year’s second round 57 tied Kyle Martin’s 57 in 2013 for the course record. Long had a two stroke lead on Kyle with 10 holes play in last year’s final round, but a surge from Kyle and an OB tee shot on 11 from Long was the difference last year. Bob brings a unique angle to the golf tournament, as he does not use a putter on Roughs greens. Instead, he uses almost exclusively a 48 degree wedge and even when on the green, will blade the ball with this wedge as his form of putting. Last year he putted very well using this method, this will undoubtedly be a key in his ability to return to the final grouping in 2016.
Fresh off a college baseball career which prevented him from attending in 2015, Kevin is back meaning business in 2016. Long was the 2013 runner up, suffering the same fate Bob Long would suffer a year later, the tee shot on 11 on Sunday afternoon that crept out of bounds and gave Kyle the advantage the rest of the way. Kevin has a very solid golf game and has been striking the ball as well as he ever has recently, expect Kevin to be in position on Saturday to challenge on Sunday.
Straight up, a grinder. No better way to put it with Tom. He’s a guy that is going to hang around, all weekend, isn’t going to beat himself, and should be right there when the cut is made midday on Sunday. Trainer is a player that knows the course well, a long-time vet of Roughs, and has improved every single time he’s teed it up at Roughs. Last year’s opening round 62 was the highlight of Trainer’s weekend and was good a tie for the third best round posted on the golf course in 2015. Trainer will need to hone that type of effort multiple times throughout the weekend to put himself in contention.
If Trainer is the grinder, then Dan Gallagher is the guy that’s under the radar. Gallagher was Even Par through the first round last year, then fired off 68-65-64 to finish the weekend at -19 and 4th place for the championship. Nothing fancy about how Gallagher does it, takes solid shots, occasionally takes the chance to produce a scoring opportunity, and should keep himself along the cut line all weekend long, with a chance to jump into that top 4 category. Dan is also one of the great ambassadors for Roughs, recruiting 4 additional participants the last 3 tournaments, so don’t be surprised to see a few member’s bounces for Gallagher this weekend.
Few guys have the enthusiasm for Roughs coming in that Baiada has. He has been working on his game and this bomber will look to enhance the aesthetics of the short game this weekend. A joker on the course but a solid player as well, Baiada will be a good player to partner with on the golf course. Baiada will be a guy to look out for near the cut line, and a few shots around the green will be the difference as to whether he will play his 4th round on Sunday.
No one in the field has turned around his/her game in the past year the way Krouse has. While he struggled last year, shooting +18 in his second and final round, Krouse has developed a really nice game this spring. He’s crushing the ball off the tee, and has developed a good mid-iron game. His ability to control his mid-iron and wedge at Roughs, to maneuver the tree lined right hand side of the golf course, will be the true test for Mike this weekend. In addition, you feel like Krouse barely got his feet wet last year, his first ever appearance at Roughs – will a second year and increased familiarity with the golf course play a part in his chase to make the cut? Much like Baiada, a guy that can hang around the cut line and perhaps play his 4th round on Sunday.
Besides Martin, who is traveling from Atlanta for the tournament, Tabrizi will be traveling the next furthest distance to come to Roughs – from the Maryland/Virginia area. Tabrizi is a wild card, we do not know much about his golf game, but the man is a stellar athlete. A long time soccer player and Penn State IM legend, Tabrizi feasts on competitions like these. No doubt Tabrizi will be playing with house money, as a late acceptance granted him one of the last spots in the field. All bets are off from here, and I could give more in-depth statistics to depict Tabrizi’s chances, but family-friend Tim Kurkjian would be able to say it much better than I would, so I will abstain.
This man is a hoot on the golf course. Boyce will be entering the Roughs field for a second time, and last year he made a name for himself off the course with his humor and antics, and looks to bring that same intensity to Roughs this year. A bit of a struggle last year for Boyce, who went +14 and +12 to miss the cut, but just like Krouse, a second year and more familiarity with the golf course will serve Boyce very well.
“Have you ever seen Tin Cup?” Chris certainly has. Everyone is going to remember his 12 on number 6 in round 2 of last year, where he refuted multiple offers to drop behind the green when he teed off into the hazard, but he continued to fire golf balls into the Horsham creek. A plus 32 and plus 26 were not strong from Pierangeli, but he is a better golfer than that will show, as his plus 6 in round three proved. All about the commitment from Pierangeli, and if he does so, there’s no reason he cannot make the cut this weekend. Another key to watch out for, who is playing with Chris… For those in the top half of the scoreboard, playing with Pierangeli has historically led to lack of focus for his grouping and those players losing the edge of intensity driven by Pierangeli’s jocular nature on the course – focus will be necessary to keep up with Martin, who doesn’t play games, but crushes rounds.
Our Jackie Robinson. Our Danica Patrick. Our Annika Sorenstam. Ost in 2015 was the first female to enter the field at Roughs, and performed well, struggling to a +14 to start but doubling back with a +5 in Round 2. Ost’s game has been very solid recently, tearing up the links of the Reading area all spring long. I expect a very solid showing in year 2 for Ost. Perhaps THE biggest storyline besides the chase for the trophy will be Ost vs. Krouse. The two have been dating for over a year and have been battling it out on the links ever since – house swag and bragging rights are on the line at Roughs.
The guy exudes more sportsmanship than the world has ever seen. So much so that there is now an award (self-proclaimed, mind you), the Seamus Morgan Sportsmanship Award. Be on your best behavior at Roughs this weekend, as Morgan has eyes like a hawk, identifying situations where people are exceptionally sportsmanlike, as well as situations where players take themselves out of the race for the second-most coveted piece of hardware for the weekend. On the golf course, this lefty has his own style about him…the patented “step and swing” is an entertaining piece of golf, just don’t stand too close and watch your head. A great disposition on the golf course, and much like Pierangeli has the sense of humor at all times on the course. Get Morgan and Pierangeli in the same group and you’ll be laughing the whole 18 holes.
A first time competitor at Roughs, Boswick has been looking forward to this opportunity for months. Boswick has a few tricks up his sleeve this weekend, including the excessive use of the putter. He has been working tirelessly to perfect the art of teeing off with the putter, and will bring that skill set to Roughs on Saturday. Whether it is deemed foolish or brilliant is perhaps yet to be determined.
The latest and final entrant to the 2016 Roughs field, the word to describe Kraynak’s play is “solid.” The man has a good golf game, without any huge holes to speak of. It will be his first experience at Roughs, and how else to ingrain him into the culture and feel of Roughs – a 7:30am and 9:10am tee time on Saturday morning. Kraynak will be thrust into the course without a sense of where the numbers will come in, he’ll have to trust his game and that it will put him in position to make the cut on Sunday.