A 14-foot putt straight up the hill on the 18th green failed to turn as much as Bob Brooks thought it would. The 59-year-old smiled as he settled for par.
Everything else, he said, rolled true on Tuesday evening.
Brown shot an 11-under-par 59 at Elmwood Country Club, carding 11 birdies, seven pars and no bogeys in the best round the course has ever seen — by two strokes. The previous course record shared by Chuck Moran, Mark Rohde, Sean McCarty and Sam Zoske fell to the wayside as Brown shared a most memorable round with his family on a perfect evening for it.
“It’s pretty special,” Brown said, sipping lemonade with his wife Kelly after the round. “I’ve been hitting the ball really well the last few weeks but I haven’t made putts. On the first hole today I hit a real good second shot, had a 25-foot putt, stepped right up and knocked it in.”
Brooks birdied the first four holes and then the last three holes on the front nine, finishing out with a 7-under 28 when he made the turn.
“I don’t usually add up the score (after nine holes), but then I birdied the first two holes on the back and started thinking, ‘this could really be something special.’ Everything I was hitting was really going where I wanted it to go.”
His string of five-straight birdies from Holes 7-11 dropped him to 9 under. He added a birdie on the par-5 13th and then nearly aced the par-3 16th, landing his 8-iron just beyond the hole and watching as it slipped past the hole as it spun back to the front side of the cup.
It was the last birdie of the day for Brooks, who was joined on his record-setting round by his wife, their daughter Alyssa and son-in-law Will.
“It was unconscious,” Brooks added. “I didn’t know it was the course record until they told me.
“Today was just a really good day.”
Brooks was runner-up in Saturday’s Elmwood Senior Club Championship, shooting a 3-under 67. His previous best round at Elmwood was “65 or 66, about seven years ago,” he said.