Thursday, July 30, 2009
I guess you could call Tom Pernice Jr. a golf purist.
Pernice is tied for the clubhouse lead at 5 under. Two players still on the course are at 7 under and 8 under. In the interview room, Pernice talked about his first win on the PGA Tour - the 1999 Buick Open - and his affinity for the course here at Warwick Hills.
"A lot of players lover coming here because it's a traditional, old-style golf course," said Pernice, who's been a pro since 1983. It's my special place. It was my first win."
Although Warwick Hills was ranked at the easiest course on the PGA Tour last year, Pernice said that you still have to excute.
"These old style golf course - to me, that's what golf's all about," Pernice said. "I've got into troucle in the past for criticizing Rees Jones' redos. But it can't be a great course if it's too difficult.
"It's still a game for enjoyment. After a tournament, the other 51 weeks of the year, the average player has to go out and play it."
He said he likes Warwick Hills, likening the style to Pebble Beach, Riviera and Brown Deer Park in Milwaukee.
"Anytime you play an old traditional style golf course, you have a chance to score well," he said. "You don't have to have power here.
"To me, that's the way golf was meant to be played."
Photo courtesy of PGA Tour