Ashburn’s Mike Hebb continued his strong play Thursday at the NSGA Senior Men's Championship. After opening with a 75, Hebb bettered his score en route to a one under 71.
Playing with Paragon’s Gerry MacMillan and Bill Burns, Hebb recorded five birdies and four bogeys, he shot even par on the front nine, and was one under on the back nine.
"I actually hit the ball better yesterday, but today I had some really good chips, and I had better lines on my putts" said Hebb, when asked what the difference was between the two rounds.
Hebb explained his success involved staying out of trouble. "It's important to stay in the fairways, hit the ball safely, then put it on the green, and make some putts".
Right on Hebb's heels is first round co-leader Gary Smith of Paragon, who shot a two over 74, one stroke higher than his first day total. Smith's explained the downfall in his second round was his flat stick.
"I hit a lot of greens today, I had a lot of looks for birdie, but I didn't make one single putt for birdie, my lone birdie was from a chip in on number four."
Outside of the struggles with his putter, Smith said he was happy with his round, and said he was sharp in other aspects of his game. When asked whether the strong contingent of golfers from Paragon helps him prepare for championships like this, he said nights at Paragon are a true tournament style, with many strong contenders.
"Thursday nights with the crew we have, it's like playing in a tournament, we have some strong golfers and we're all competitive, so I'm quite sure it doesn't hurt to be playing against those guys on a regular basis," said Smith.
Gerry MacMillan of Paragon sits alone in third spot following a one over 73. He’s +5, three shots behind Hebb. Following MacMillan is a log jam at +6, including Ernie Sheaves of Bell Bay, Tom Banks of Paragon, John A. Brown of Riverside Golf Club in New Brunswick, and John Archibald of Truro Golf Club.
In the Super Senior Division, Sandy Herrick of Paragon leads Charlie Costin of Greenwood Golf Clubby eight strokes at +17.
Play continues today.