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Spencer vs. the Pros - Round Two

CAIRO, Neb. -- To Hole #17 we go in the Spencer vs. the Pros series, as I return to Centura Hills this week to take on course owner Garrett Rathke on the Par-4, 12th Hole.

Enjoy!

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"It's time for another edition of Spencer vs. the Pros," I said. "We're at Centura Hills Golf Course this week in Cairo, and I'm joined now by the owner Garrett Rathke. Garrett, we're on the Par-4, 12th Hole. Give me one tip before we take a swing."

"Well, you're going to want to grab enough club because it's a long hole," Rathke said. "I'd recommend hitting a driver. There's trouble on the right with the pond, and there's out of bounds on the left. You're going to have to hit it pretty straight and give it a good rip."

"OK, a good rip," I responded. "That's all I got left. Let's take a look."

Rathke started things off and did so beautifully with a tee shot right where you would hope it would be, sitting just 150 yards away for his second shot.

I also hit a solid tee shot on the hole, but mine tracked a little bit to the left side of the fairway, which unfortunately meant the hole would play much longer for my second shot, which left me around 200 yards away.

I decided to pull out my 4-iron, and ended up catching it very well, but it leaked a little bit left, leaving me a situation where I would have to chip it up and in to save my par.

Rathke, on the other hand, fired a great shot right at the green on his second shot. It ended up about 15-20 feet away from the hole, leaving him a great look at birdie.

Unfortunately, it took me three shots from just off the green to get my ball in the cup, leaving me with an unsatisfactory bogey. As for Rathke's birdie putt, it came to rest just centimeters from dropping for a birdie!

He was forced to settle for a par.

"Well, unfortunately for me it's another setback on the scorecard," I said. "A bogey for me, but a nice par for you. How do you think we played the hole?"

"I think overall we both did a nice job," Rathke said. "Any time you can walk off this green with a par or even a bogey, you did well - you didn't throw away any strokes because you can make a big number on this hole quickly."

"OK, well a par for the pro's, a bogey for me," I said. "It looks like I'm running out of holes in this series. That does do it for another edition of Spencer vs. the Pros."

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We're now through 17 holes in the series, and I trail by 11 strokes, making a comeback impossible. On August 27, we'll be concluding the series at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course in Kearney as I take on the Par-5, 12th Hole with Head Pro Scott Bruha.

Tune in then!