Anyway... I teed off early yesterday and, despite a 4 putt double bogey on the first hole... I rebounded and shot a 43 on the front side. I was very pleased with that, and figured if I could just shoot a 45 on the back side, I'd end up with a very good score. I've never been able to break 90 on this particular course... so I was pretty excited about that prospect.
That excitement didn't last long. I began the back nine going bogey - bogey - double - bogey. On the 14th tee, I told myself I just needed to hit a 4 iron... but carried the 4 iron and my 3 wood to the tee. I got up and talked myself into the 3 wood... but never fully accepted that, and I topped it about 80 yards into the left rough. I had 216 to the pin from there, and the ball was sitting up... so I pulled the 3 wood again. This time, I yanked it dead left into the woods... never to be seen again. I ended up with a triple on that hole.
A 3 putt bogey on the 15th was followed by yanking 2 drivers OB into the woods off the 16th tee, resulting in a 9 on a par 4. I finished out bogey - par for a 51.
That gave me a qualifying score of 94. Not sure if I'll qualify at all (only top 16 for the flight make it)... and if I DO qualify, I'm sure I'll be a very high seed, which means I'll likely have to go heads up against someone who's playing much better golf than I am right now... so I'm fully expecting to be one-and-done.
This week, I play in a tournament using 90% of my handicap beginning on Tuesday. My hope is to shoot around 90 which would put me at even par, net. That would at least get me beyond the cut and onto the second round on Thursday. Then, IF I qualified... I'll be playing the first round of match play on Saturday.
Driver will be staying in the bag for much of the golf. I've been hitting my 4 iron off the tee to about 210 yards... most of the time will leave me 175 or less to the green. My driver is too much of a liability right now.
Lots of golf for me this week. Let's see if I can figure this all out.
... til Tuesday!