R.W. Eaks is a Colorado Springs native who spent his teenage years working at The Broadmoor as a caddie, greenskeeper and pro shop assistant. Eaks now lives in Arizona, but he has returned to the old neighborhood to compete this week in the U. S. Senior Open.
Eaks has agreed to share his thoughts with the USGA he goes through the homecoming experience. On Saturday, he carded his first sub-par round of the championship, a 69, and is four-over total.
I hit it a little bit better today. I screwed my round up coming in, made a double on 14 and bogey on 16. Other than that I had a nice day.
I didn't think the hole locations were all that more accessible; it's just that they watered the greens. They had to do that or they were going to lose them, and they did exactly what they should have done. They had to save the grass and they made the golf course a little more playable. They did the right thing, I'll tell you.
You could fire it right at the hole, which is a good deal because I think it's better for the crowd if we're making birdies out there. I think they had more fun today.
The 64s don't surprise me. I said yesterday someone is going to shoot a 63, and it still might happen. It's supposed to blow a little bit this afternoon but, shoot, these guys are good enough they can handle the wind. Most of these guys who are on the leaderboard or close to it play in Florida or Texas somewhere, so they'll probably play pretty good.
It's been a great week, just being here with friends and family. I've seen a lot of guys I haven't seen in 30-something years. It's been nice. There were lot more guys out there today that I went to high school with. It's been great, and they all look the same, too.
That means that I'm getting older and they're getting older.
I've been too busy playing and stuff to really get together with a lot of people, mostly just family. But it's really nice to see everybody.
I didn't see any bears today on the course, no mountain lions, nothing. Nothing but a double-body, that's all I could find out there.
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