Player diary: Mina looks for positives
Six three-putts lead to a missed cut on the Web.com Tour
July 12, 2014
By Eric Mina, Special to PGATOUR.COM
- Eric Mina poses with his caddie Alex Ritthamel, left, and father Erwin, right. (Jim Hutchinson photo)
SANDY, Utah -- After shooting an opening-round, 3-under 68 in my Web.com Tour debut, at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank, I didn’t play nearly as well in the second round. I began my day with a birdie on my first hole yet played pretty up and down on the front nine. What got me was a five-hole stretch, beginning on my fourth hole. I made a bogey there, parred the next hole then followed with, in order, a bogey, a par and a bogey. I made the turn in 1 over but couldn’t get anything going on my final nine of the day. I was even-par on the back -- a birdie and a bogey -- on my way to a missed cut.
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What I learned over these last two days is that you can’t make mistakes. I had six three-putts this week. And that’s the story. When you have six three-putts, you’re giving away a lot of strokes to the field, and that’s just what you can’t do. What I’ll take away from this experience is the knowledge that I’m going to hit some bad shots, some wayward tee shots that will force me to scramble. What I have to do is not compound my problem after those bad shots.
The thing is, I really did expect to make the cut. I’ve been playing pretty well, and I obviously had a good day at the Monday qualifying tournament that got me into the Utah Championship. So I had some pretty high expectations.
Perhaps I haven’t played enough competitive rounds over the last two months. Maybe that hurt me. I only played two events on PGA TOUR China because of a right-foot injury that doctors diagnosed as tendonitis. For two weeks, I didn’t play any golf after returning to the States. I just rested and iced my foot and took the medication I needed.
Once I was back in action, starting last week, I missed the cut at the eGolf Tour tournament in Reno, and then I missed the cut here. Those are my only two tournaments in a month.
One thing that did impress me was how good this Tour is. When the cut is 5 under at a course where you can score but at the same time is very demanding off the tee and into the greens, that’s very impressive. It shows me just how strong the field is and how good these guys are as players. I definitely can play with them, and with more reps and more opportunities to play I’m confident I’ll find my way.
Next week I’ll take another break. My cousin, Christopher, is getting married in San Diego at a church wedding. My dad and I will fly from Salt Lake City back to the Bay Area on Saturday, and then the two of us, along with my mom, my grandma (my dad’s mom) and my brother will drive to San Diego. We’re a close-knit family. It’s the Filipino way, and it will be fun to be all together. I’m looking forward to the wedding.
Then it will be back to work. I’m planning on trying to qualify for another Web.com Tour event, the Stonebrae Classic, in Hayward, California, on July 28. We’ll see how that goes. Meanwhile, I’ll be practicing at my home course in Pleasanton, California, and before long it will be time to return to China. I’m healthy, I had a great experience this week, and I have no doubt that my two days at the Utah Championship will help my game in the long run, especially when I get back to PGA TOUR China.