Bayer has had difficulties driving the ball and has worked through the problem with John Smith, the PGA professional Forest Heights Golf Course in Statesboro.
“He’s been working with me about keeping the ball in play,” Bayer said. “If I can do that it comes pretty easy to me. Driving is so key out here. I can overpower the golf course … all the par 5s are gettable if I hit it straight and I’m in position.”
He credited back-to-back birdies on No. 3 and No. 4, making a difficult 15-footer on the latter, helped him build momentum.
“That got me into the groove I needed and set the tone for the rest of the day,” he said.