Baird has big day in 2nd round of RMO
One week ago, Michael Baird was competing in a Nationwide Tour golf tournament, hoping to qualify for one of the mini-tour events.
It was not to be. Baird missed the cut by two strokes.
On Saturday, the first-round leader in the Enstrom’s Rocky Mountain Open put himself in position to make up for that — almost.
Baird followed up his
8-under-par 64 at Lincoln Park Golf Course on Friday with a 1-under 70 on Saturday for a
two-day total of 134, putting him in fourth place, two shots back.
That’s because Jason Allen, who was tied for second after Friday’s round, took a slim
one-stroke lead after his round Saturday at Tiara Rado Golf Course.
Allen, who shot a 7-under 65 at Lincoln Park on Friday, posted a 4-under 67 at Tiara Rado for a two-day total of 132.
Behind are Chris Manning and Dustin Mills, both at 133.
Manning had the round of the day, shooting a 7-under 64 at Tiara Rado to move up from a tie for ninth place.
Baird began his round at Tiara Rado by going 4 under through the first five holes, including an eagle on the second hole.
He lost two of those strokes on the final four holes before the turn, then played the back nine at 2 over.
“I barely missed some putts today,” he said.
Baird, a former University of Colorado golfer who lives in Castle Rock, switched to a belly putter two months ago.
“The first couple of tournament (I used it) I putted really well with it,” he said.
Baird was upbeat after his round Saturday.
“Today can be my bad day and I’d be OK,” he said, expecting a better round at Tiara Rado for today’s finishing round.
Baird has spent much of the summer playing in state opens and traveling with fellow CU alum and RMO player Pat Grady trying to make the Monday cut for Nationwide Tour events.
“Last week I shot a 69 and missed (the cut) by a couple of strokes,” he said.
Mills, who was in fourth place Friday after a 65 at Tiara Rado, shot a 35-33 at Lincoln Park on Saturday. His round included two eagles and one birdie.
“On the front nine I didn’t give myself a good look,” Mills said.
Still, he was within striking distance heading into today’s final round at Tiara Rado.
Keith Humerickhouse, Scott Sullivan and Brandon Bingaman maintained their top three positions, respectively, in the amateur division.