Casie Cathrea shot the lowest round of the day in the final round of the U.S. Women's Open to win low amateur. Our goal for the week was accomplished.
We went off the first tee with USC junior and All-American Doris Chen, who was also in the running for low amateur. Casie got up and down on the first hole, and then striped a 4 iron to a back left pin on the uphill par 4 second hole to 6 feet behind the hole and rolled in the putt to get to 1-under on the day and 10-over total. On the par-3 third, Casie two putted from 55 feet up and over a tier to remain at 1-under.
The USGA has been notorious for changing up the tee locations, and I was not shocked at all when the tees on the short par-4 fourth hole were 70 yards up and we had 247 yards to the front of the green.
Casie's driver is her straightest club, so it was an easy call to let her rip the driver down there and if she hit it in the front green side bunker there was plenty of green to work with to a middle left pin. Casie roped the driver and it almost turned over enough to get on the front right, but kicked into the bunker. Casie then hit the best bunker shot I've ever seen, off a downhill like the lip was 4 feet high and she barely cleared the lip and the ball skidded to 6 feet beyond the hole. She rolled that putt in for birdie to move to -2 and then Doris made her 4 footer to stay within two strokes of us after she bogeyed the 2nd hole.
After splitting the fairway on the par-4 fifth, Casie hit a full 9 iron downwind, just over the false front and buried the 12 footer to get to 3-under through five holes. A two-putt par from 60 feet on the par-4 sixth kept the momentum going and a great 7 iron on the par-3 seventh finished 15 feet away from a back left flag over the water. That putt found nothing but the bottom of the cup to go to -4 thru 7 holes. The par-5 eighth hole was playing shorter and a great drive and a ripped 3 wood found the center of the green and she two putted for another birdie to get to 5-under.
On the par-4 ninth, the USGA had the toughest pin, on a 2 foot by 2 foot flat spot on the top of a knob that is fronted by a massive false front. She hit her iron shot behind the hole, but it bounced 30 feet away and she 3-putted to make the turn in 4-under.
On the back nine, we started off with seven consecutive pars to stay at 4 under, and hit the best 5 iron of the week to the back right pin on the par-3 17th that hit the slope and kicked down into a bowl in the green. An aggressive first putt ran 8 feet by the hole and the come backer hit the lip on the low side and spun out for a bogey to drop back to 3 under. We saw her name on the leader boards all over the course and both of us really wanted to post a score in the 60s because at that time there were only two players at 1 under on their round.
She hit the driver right down the middle on 18 and pushed a 20-degree hybrid into the cross bunker, that forced us to hit a bunker shot to the front section of the green due to a pot bunker in front of the pin. She had a very tough two putt and after leaving the first putt 5 feet short the second one missed on the low side and we finished with a bogey 6 to shoot 70 which tied for the lowest round of the day. We stayed for the medal ceremony and Casie was presented with her gold medal, which automatically qualifies for the next two U.S. Women's Amateurs.
I'm flying home (this) evening and will be back marketing Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and doors on Tuesday morning. What a great week to work for a great kid and a great golfer. Unforgettable memories! Hope you enjoyed the updates and an inside look at what it's like to caddy at the U.S. Women's Open.