Sandra Teal’s 86 good enough for lead at Porter Am
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or email@example.com September 15, 2013 9:20PM
Louise Chlorite-Haley prepares to putt on the 3rd hole in a light drizzle. | Shane Cleminson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 17, 2013 6:28AM
CHESTERTON — Sandra Teal couldn’t figure out why she was the center of attention after her round of 86 at Sand Creek Country Club on Sunday in the Porter Amateur.
Teal, whose son Cole plays football and basketball for Chesterton, wasn’t happy at all with the score.
She plays at Sand Creek and she usually shoots in the high 70s or low 80s.
When someone told her she was in the lead, she was stunned.
“I am?” she asked.
Yep. It was the kind of day, particularly for the ladies, after they played most of the back nine in a driving rain, that made scoring very difficult. Teal has a two-stroke lead over Barbara Young and a three-stroke advantage over Natalie Achten going into the third round at Brassie Golf Club next week. She shot rounds of 86 at Forest Park and 86 again Sunday.
Teal fought through the rain and kept her head in it while some of the other players struggled.
“You just really have to try to stay focused and not think about it,” she said of the rain.
Next week should be interesting for Teal. Teal is unfamiliar with Brassie. Last year, she finished third in the Porter Am and she knows from playing in it that home course advantage is important. Achten plays at Brassie regularly.
Bob Jacobs used his home course knowledge to his benefit. Jacobs was the head pro and general manager at Sand Creek until 2005 — when he decided to get out of the golf business. Jacobs shot an even-par 72. He is 5-over par and one stroke ahead of Ryan Kramer in the masters division after shooting a 73 at Forest Park.
Jacobs started playing competitively again a couple of years ago so he could play with his son, Bob Jr. The younger Jacobs plays at Illinois State after graduating from Valparaiso High School.
Jacobs was steady all day, making three birdies and three bogeys.
He said his knowledge of the course was helpful.
The course rotation was Lake to Creek. Most of the time the rotation is Marsh to Creek so the players weren’t familiar with Creek.
“If you don’t know the greens and where it falls off, and if you don’t know where the trouble is, it can be difficult,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs saved his round on No. 6 when he hit his approach into the hazard. Jacobs had to go back 100 yards for his drop and he hit his shot 20 feet from the hole. He drained his putt for bogey.
“It was nice to get out of that,” he said.
Jacobs was pulling double duty on the course, keeping track of his son, Bob, while he played in a match for ISU.
He said he’s happy to get back into the swing of competing again. He actually won the Sand Creek club championship and the club championship at Abeerdeen.
“This tournament is great,” he said. “How many times do you get to play four different courses over two weekends like this?”
Kramer, who was the leader to start the day, was happy with his 76.
“I’m hitting the ball great,” he said.
Kramer saved his round when he hit his opening tee shot into the water and then made a 40-footer for par.
The round of the day belonged to Chris Schultz of LaPorte. Schultz, who finished second in the Michigan City Municipal Tournament, shot a 3-under-69. Schultz had played at Sand Creek just once and yet he was the only player under par. He made seven birdies.
At Forest Park, he shot 80. Schultz said his lack of knowledge of the course really hurt him there.