Oakmont pro shoots club record 62
A couple of weeks ago, putting up a round of 62 was the furthest thing from Bob Ford's mind.
He was having enough trouble standing up straight because of a bad back that flared up just before the Sewickley Heights Invitational. He shot his worst round in decades and has been on the mend since.
In the final round of the 2006 Tri-State Senior PGA Professional Championship Qualifier/TSPGA Senior Section Championship on Wednesday at Quicksilver Golf Club in Midway, Ford had one of those magical days.
He made 10 birdies, no bogeys and established the competitive course record of 62.
"I haven't even shot a 65 or 66 for as long as I can remember," the Oakmont Country Club pro said. "I had 12 one-putt greens today, and the longest putt was about 20 feet."
With the win, Ford qualifies for the PGA Senior National Championship to be played Oct. 19-22 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
"The greens were real soft, and the golf course played short (it was set up to 6,533 yards)," Ford said. "I knew I was 9-under (par) standing in the middle of the 18th fairway, and I never play well.
"I knew 9-under tied what Roy (Vucinich) shot yesterday, so I told myself to get up there like a man and shoot a 62."
And when his 12-foot birdie putt fell in the cup, he had.
Other local club pros to qualify are: Vucinich, John Aubrey, John Mazza, Phil Newcamp, John Rech, Bob Meyer and Kenny Frye.