Missouri golfer shatters Catamount course record
July 8, 2007
Like all golfers, Chris Mabry sat back and looked at his scorecard from Friday’s round at Catamount Ranch and Club and found several shots he should have made but didn’t.
He lipped out putts on holes 4 and 17. He made a bogey after driving to the middle of the fairway on No. 9.
The big difference, however, is not a golfer in the Yampa Valley has ever been able to mutter these words:
“Well, it could have been a 59,” said Mabry, who played golf at the University of Missouri two years ago and shot a course and area record 61 on Friday at Catamount Ranch and Club. “I’m happy with 61. You can’t be too greedy.”
Mabry’s record round featured 11 birdies, a bogey, a 32 on the front, a 29 on the back and an eye-popping 26 putts.
“It was fun is all I can say,” said Mabry after he “struggled” to a round of 73 on Saturday. “It was like I couldn’t do anything wrong.”
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Prior to the Friday’s round, Mabry, 24, held the Catamount course record with Sean McCarty with a round of 65. Mabry, who was playing with his uncle Dick Dillon, makes it out to Catamount to play every Fourth of July holiday.
“It’s amazing how unique and special it was,” said Catamount Director of Golf Jim Miller. “To break the course record by four strokes is an amazing achievement. It will stand the test of time certainly for a decade, two or three.”
Mabry said he didn’t do anything different with his pre-routine Friday.
But with a hot putter, new clubs Taylor Made sent him Monday and greens that rolled true, he attacked the pin time and again.
After shooting 32 on the front, including that frustrating bogey on No. 9, Mabry strung together birdies on holes 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.
By the time he hit hole No. 16, the thought of a 59 crept into his head.
“I knew what I was at the whole time,” Mabry said. “After 16, I knew if I went birdie, eagle, I would have shot 59.”
He almost did it, too.
He just lipped out a putt on No. 17 and missed a 12-foot eagle putt on No. 18.
For Mabry, the 61 also was a personal best. His previous best was at a collegiate tournament at the University of Vanderbilt, where he won with a 63.
“It takes such the perfect storm,” said Miller, who joked he also shot 61 on Saturday, expect he still had to play holes 15, 16, 17 and 18. “You have to have a good mental state and physical skill. You
have to be putting well, chipping well and driving well. It really is the perfect storm in golf to shoot that low.”
While Mabry still has two classes to go to graduate, he plans to continue his golfing career on the Gateway Tour in Arizona or the Hooters Tour. He also plans to earn his Professional Golf Association players card at a Q-school in the near future.
While the future can wait, it’s probably safe to say Mabry will hold a piece of history at Catamount for a long time.
“When I putt well, I score well,” he said. “It was great. I couldn’t do anything wrong. I couldn’t miss.”
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