NEWPORT BEACH — Just because you're Greg Hopkins and you're the CEO of Cleveland Golf does not mean the equipment that you use will help you out on a golf course.
The Newport Beach resident is dead last after the first day of the Toshiba Classic on Friday. He called his 11-over-par 82 his worst round on the Champions Tour event at Newport Beach Country Club.
"Long day," Hopkins said after walking off the last hole. "Terrible putting day."
Being familiar with the course at Newport Beach Country Club did not benefit Hopkins. He recorded nine bogeys, one double bogey and no birdies.
Hopkins, a member at Santa Ana Country Club and Mesa Verde Country Club, might want to join Newport Beach Country Club to improve his play at the Toshiba Classic. The greens are usually tough for most golfers at Newport Beach and that is where Hopkins struggled.
"The greens are really tricky. I just mismanaged them terribly," Hopkins said. "I know that coming in. It's my fault."