June 28, 2009
David Holmes continued his impressive play of late with a tie for second place at the prestigious Northeast Amateur Invitational in Rumford, R.I. Holmes fired four rounds in the 60s but finished three strokes behind champion Dan Woltman of Wisconsin's final score of 11-under 198 was a tournament record. Holmes birdied Nos. 15 and 16 Saturday to move to 10 under par, but double-bogeyed the 17th hole after hitting his second shot out of bounds."One bad swing did me in," Holmes said by phone after the final round.
Holmes tied for the first-day lead at the 48th-annual event thanks to a 4-under-par 65. He stayed in contention with rounds of 69, 67 and Saturday's closing 67 at Wannamoisett Country Club in the Providence suburbs. "It's just a matter of if my putts are falling or not," Holmes said. "They were all going in the first day and not the second. But my putting and short game are keeping me in it. That's been the biggest reason I'm shooting low scores right now."
This week's showing means Holmes, set this fall to enter his senior season with the Vols, has played five tournaments since the first of May with the following results: first place in Knoxville's Holston Hills Invitational, second at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Galloway, N.J., 13th at the NCAA Championships in Toledo to earn All-America honors, fifth at the Southwestern Amateur in Tucson, Ariz., and now another second. "I've definitely gotten smarter and more confident on the golf course," Holmes said of the past two months. "I'm making better decisions and working my way around."
The next test for Holmes is the Southern Amateur, set for July
15-18 at Colonial Country Club outside Memphis.