Nothing appeared wrong when University Place’s James Feutz took the
10th tee to start the 34th Junior PGA Championship in Maineville, Ohio.
Soon, sweltering conditions caused him a bit of trouble Tuesday as he shot an opening 9-over-par 81 at TPC River’s Bend.
The Bellarmine Prep sophomore is tied for 65th, and has some ground
to make up to make the cut after the third round Thursday. But his
father, Pat, gave him two encouraging words after the opener.
“Austin Hurt,” said Feutz, referring to the Bainbridge Island golfer
who opened with an 81 at the Washington State Amateur before rallying
to win the championship last month.
Temperatures were already in the mid-90s when Feutz teed off. By the
second hole, he said he was “sweating a bunch … and felt light-headed”
– signs of dehydration.
“I played terrible the next six holes,” he said.