Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Baek shoots 11 under after 9 holes
ESPN.com news services
A former San Diego State golfer did the unthinkable last week. Todd Baek carded an 11-under-par 25 over nine holes at Salt Creek Golf Club in Chula Vista, Calif., according to UTSanDiego.com.
The 20-year-old Baek had three eagles -- including going back to back to start his round -- along with five birdies and just a single par.
"I was amazed myself," Baek told the website. "It was like, 'What's going on?' We were playing for money, so my friends were giving me [crud] about it. They said, 'You need to stop making birdies or you're going to walk home.'"
And for those who thought he might be playing from the front tees? The outward nine measured at 3,339 yards for the par-36 layout.
Maybe the worst part of his day? Even with a 25 on the front nine, Baek 3-putted the 18th green to shoot 60, one stroke shy of one of golf's most magical numbers.
"I was more mad that I screwed up my chance to shoot 59," Baek told the website, "but on the way home my friends were saying, 'Do you realize that you just shot 25?' We were laughing about it."
Baek, who was born in South Korea and moved to the United States four years ago from New Zealand, turned pro this past winter after playing for San Diego State in the fall of 2011, according to the website. He will play in a PGA Tour Q-School pre-qualifier this week.