Matt Thurmond Blog: Final Entry
Sept. 3, 2006
Husky Men's Golf Coach Matt Thurmond caddied for 2005 NCAA Champion James Lepp at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston this past weekend. Coach Thurmond wrote daily blog exclusively for GoHuskies.com. Check out his final entry.
Sunday, Sept. 3
I'm a little late in getting this blog done. After James shot a very disappointing 81 we rushed from the course, changed our flights, packed our bags, and raced the airport. The highlight of the day was definitely that we had XM Radio in the car and we were able to listen to the Dawgs beat San Jose State back in Husky Stadium. Congrats to Tyrone, his staff, and all the players on winning the first game of the year!
When you miss a cut as James did, you just want to get out as soon as possible. Despite the hunger James didn't want to eat at the course. He quickly cleaned out his locker and headed out. He was thrilled to be able to get a quick flight to Toronto for this week's Canadian Open. While 70 other players were still playing the Deutsche Bank Invitational in Boston today, James called me from the course in Toronto where he was practicing to prepare for next week's event. He had a couple of swing keys he was excited about.
It was a tough second round. From the first shot that sailed into the hazard right of the fairway it was a struggle. James didn't have it. Most of his tee shots ended in the thick rough and his touch around the greens from the first round seemed a distant memory. I don't want to pain you with all the details.
James and I went to Boston with big hopes of great things. We believed he could win and felt we were going to have a great week. James fully expected to make the cut and to make a check for the week. Like golf has a tendency to ensure, things didn't go as planned. There is always another day and another week.