Took about two years of on-again off-again beginning hacker golf, but it's a promising milestone for the second round of the season.
I'd been overcooking all of my approach shots for the first six holes -- Perils of inconsistent golf noob contact, can just randomly lose or gain 10-15 yards and not be entirely sure why. Instead of being stubborn and insisting 'No, damnit, it's 135 yards and that is Without Fail my 9 iron', I clubbed downed and choked up...
Hole 7: Par
Hole 8: Birdie
Hole 9: Par
Well, ain't THAT a morale-boosting way to end the nine.
I damn near had a coronary event right there on the course with the bird. My tee shot (140 yard Par 3) ended up about two feet from the hole... So there was the whole, "Holy crap is that actually going in?!" moment of adrenaline. That was followed by the long stroll to the green... It's a REAL short putt. I can miss short putts. First -great- chance at a birdie, but I can certainly flub a two foot putt like nobody's business, etc. Distracted myself by watching the fish down in the lake as I got over there.
Slightly puckered, I did manage to sink that horrifying two-foot putt and card a -1.
The other two holes went pretty well, actually... On the hole before I smoked my approach and ended up in the bunker behind the green. Managed an up-and-down from the sand for par. Last hole was a downright dull GIR and two-putt, but considering I'm usually ahead of my game with bogey, it's still a solid score.