More Frustration for Henley at LaSalle


Another big-break opportunity, another big-time frustration for Kip Henley.
The 'Big Break II' winner shot 3-over-par 74 Thursday in the opening round of the LaSalle Bank Open, leaving him nine strokes off the lead and well off the cut line.
Once again, Henley struggled with consistency.
He started his round on the par-4 10th, leaving a 10-foot birdie putt short of the hole. He parred the par-3 11th, but then double-bogeyed the par-4 12th after driving his tee shot into a fairway bunker. Faced with an awkward stance, he laid up short of the green. He then knocked a wedge over the putting surface and failed to get up and down.
Henley came back with a birdie on the par-4 13th, but followed with a bogey on the par-4 14th. He then closed out his first nine par-birdie-bogey-birdie for a 1-over 37.
He started his second nine on a positive note, with a birdie at the par-5 first. He then reeled off four straight pars before another double bogey, this time at the par-4 sixth, put him back in the black.
He made two more pars on Nos. 7 and 8 before closing with a bogey-4 at the par-3 ninth.
He's tied for 125th place.
This is Henley's third Nationwide Tour exemption of the season. He missed the cut by two strokes at the Henrico County Open in Richmond, Va., and then missed the cut by four strokes at last week's Chattanooga Classic in Tennessee.
He also qualified for the FedEx St. Jude Classic on the PGA Tour, but shot 79-80 to miss the cut.
Henley, who outlasted nine other competitors in the second installment of The Golf Channels popular reality series, has three more Nationwide Tour exemptions to use: next week's Knoxville Open (Knoxville, Tenn.), the Lake Erie Charity Classic (Erie, Pa.) and the National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic (Bridgeport, W. Va.).
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