Time to update! Today I’ll be updating y’all on the match that took place last Thursday at Chapel Ridge.
Surprisingly (and we didn’t even know this until halfway to the course), we were going to be doing tee times, opposed to the shotgun start we normally do. I ended up playing with one of my teammates, and after a good range session, we were off. I’ll go hole by hole here.
No. 1: Par (E). Not a bad tee shot but it ran through the fairway and I had tree trouble. A great punch left me about 15 feet for birdie. I easily two putted to get off to a solid start.
No. 2: Par (E). I hit another wayward tee shot that left me with an unstable lie. I hit another great recovery shot that left me just short of the green, and I got it up and down.
No. 3: Bogey (+1). Nothing too dramatic here apart from a poor second. Recovered with a good chip but missed the putt.
No. 4: Bogey (+2). There was some backup here. This is a drivable par 4 for a number of people (277 on the card but it doglegs so plays closer to 250), and a lot of people took that opportunity. As a result, we got to the tee and there was one group walking off and another group still waiting. We waited for about 15 minutes.
Back to the match. I was the only one in my foursome to NOT go for the green, and I split the fairway and left myself 40 yards out. Unfortunately I caught a bad break and my ball had settled in a small depression. I thinned it over the green and had an interesting chip coming back. I did well to hit it to about twelve feet but didn’t make the putt.
No. 5: Par (+2). Never been a big fan of this hole, a short but tough par 5. I was thrilled to hit three solid shots and walk off with par. I did leave myself a bit of work for the save but I cleaned it up nicely.
No. 6: Bogey (+3). I made my worst swing of the day here and it was a near-shank that left me way right and short of the green. I misjudged the chip and was lucky to walk off with a bogey.
No. 7: Bogey (+4). I was able to regroup after the last hole, and my tee ball left me in perfect position to attack this par 5. However, a lousy third missed the green and I failed at the up and down.
No. 8: Double (+6). I think the ego got me here. I decided to go at a pin that was tucked behind a bunker. My line was perfect, but my club choice was not, and I found said bunker. Two shots to get out, two putts.
No. 9: Bogey (+7). A perfect tee shot and a solid iron to the front of the green were ruined by a three-putt to end the round.
FINAL SCORE: 43
TEAM SCORE: 197 (43-46-50-58)
Another good match! Chapel Ridge is definitely not an easy course to walk, and we were all tired afterward. The medalist shot a one-under 35, which is the lowest score we’ve seen so far this season.
I’ve gotten a confirmation that we are having a conference tournament at Hillandale, which is a week from today. It will also have tee times, and will be 18 holes. We also have a non conference match at Croasdaile tomorrow, so stay tuned for that!