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Sprague bounces back on AM Tour at Morgan Creek

Local golfer sharpens focus
By: Staff Report
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ROSEVILLE _ Lincoln golfer Pasquale “Pete” Sprague came back from his fifth-place finish at the Golf Channel Am Tour Yocha-De-He Championship to shoot a 78 for a second-place finish at Morgan Creek Golf and Country Club March 3.

Sprague said the conditions at Morgan Creek were considerably better than the 40 mph winds that blew last month at Yocha-De-He.

The aspiring golfer shot two-over on the front nine to trail the eventual winner by just two strokes going into the turn. However, a shaky back nine cost him four strokes and a shot at the victory.

“I had only one bad hole,” Sprague said of his double-bogey on No. 10. “But that is the way the ball bounces.”

 A par on the par-5 hole would have sealed a victory; a bogey would have put him in a tie for first place. Rocklin’s Eric Morgan took home the winner’s trophy with a 77; Sprague shot a 78 and finished in a tie with Stockton’s Miles Milton.

Sprague said his putting and ability to scramble out of trouble served him well but his approaches to the green will need some work.

“I was really pleased and happy with (Sunday’s) results,” Sprague said. “I feel as if I let this one get away.”

With the win, Morgan moved into third place on the Order of Merit chart for the Championship Flight just 35 points ahead of Sprague.

At Yocha-De-He, Sprague struggled in with an 83 but refused to blame his poor performance on the high winds.  

“I feel it was all mental and I mentally expected to go out there and tear it up.” Sprague wrote in an e-mail. “But that is the funny thing about golf. Expectations kill you. I learned that (Feb. 24).

Milton won the Yocha championship with the only round in the 70s. Morgan carded an 80 for second place.

Sprague said he had a good chance of getting back into the tournament on hole 17 where he had an eagle putt of just 15 feet. However, the wind blew his putt off line and his comeback was not to be.

“That is why I love (golf) as do many others,” Sprague reported as to his experience. “Golf is just like life. You can work so hard and prepare every day, but nothing is owed to you.”

The Am Tour has six flights plus a senior division also divided into six flights. The flights are determined by handicap but the tournaments are played scratch. More on the Am Tour can be found at gcamtour.com.