Hey guys! I unfortunately forgot to post here for week 8 but I’m back to report on my last two weeks to catch up!
WEEK 8 (Oct 3-9)
Tues. (10/4): I turned Tuesday of this week into a practice session. I decided to hone my short game, and I essentially did everything I did in the previous week’s short game session, except I hit shots from multiple spots around the green.
I came away from the practice session very confident about the Monarch Tour event that I was playing in the next day.
Wed. (10/5): Wednesday evening I played only my second Monarch Tour of the semester. The format was a two-player best ball.
I went to the range before we played, and it was a stripe show. Right before we headed for the 10th tee I told my partner that we’re about to take it low. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
Early on, the putter was hot. I made a five-footer for bogey on 10 and about a seven-footer for par on 11. Then after a wayward drive on 12 I clawed out a bogey. Despite being +2 through 3 I was confident. But it went severely downhill from here.
I’ll spare the details of the last six holes but I will end by saying I shot a 53. My worst nine in probably a year and a half. The only good thing I could take away from the round was that the three people I paired with were awesome and definitely helped to make the nine holes more fun.
Thurs. (10/6): On October 6, as I briefly mentioned at the beginning of the blog, I had my Q Level test. 65 questions, 40 minutes, and a 70% is needed to pass.
After I had quite a bit of trouble logging into the test, I flew through it in just over 20 minutes and my final score was an 88% (57/65 right). I walked out of the room feeling like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
That afternoon I had an appointment to pay for my irons. Unfortunately Titleist didn’t pick up when we called, so he just said he’d let me know when he had an answer. I will say they have since been ordered, so it’s only a matter of time before they are in my bag.
Sat. (10/8): My brother and I played Umstead. Not good.
I shot a 46 after somehow walking off the ninth with a triple, and I wasn’t feeling great about the back. Then we got to the 10th tee at around 5:00, and there was a group in the fairway and another group waiting. We decided that our best chance to finish 18 holes was to play the front again, so off we went.
This nine was slightly better. It was a 43, nothing awful but just a lot of bogeys. I was happy to play a better second nine but it did little to help my confidence.
WEEK 9 (Oct 10-16)
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get out and practice much last week but I did play twice.
Tues. (10/11): My brother and I got out for a quick nine to wrap up my fall break, and my goal was to to break 40.
It did not start well. We played through a group on the first hole and it rattled both of us: I started with a triple and my brother started with a quad. I then three-putted the second hole for bogey to go +4 and thought my chances were zero. Key word: Thought.
I made a great up and down for par on the third, then went birdie-par-birdie on holes 4-6. Two over going into 7. Then I hit a beautiful fade to seven feet and left a dead straight putt to go back to one over after being four over just four holes prior. Left it half a roll short, in the heart. Still, two pars would’ve given me a 38, plenty good enough after the rough start.
But then I bogeyed eight and, after having a 15-footer for birdie on the ninth, three-jacked. Bogey-bogey finish and a 40. Despite a rough finish, I can’t really be disappointed after how I started.
Sat. (10/15): You may remember last year we played The Cardinal on my birthday weekend, and after twisting my ankle on 7 I was lucky to finish. This year I decided to go back for another try at the course.
Yet again, I hit it really well on the range and was feeling good heading to the first tee.
I was +3 through 5 which included a chip in for birdie, but then it unraveled. I doubled three of the last four holes on the side and made the turn in 46.
I will explain the back nine like this: I parred 12 and 15, two difficult holes, but nothing else came through. The final number on the back was a 50 for a 96 total. Here are a couple of takeaways:
•I was hitting the ball really well, particularly with irons. My misses were small for the most part, but small misses at that course hurt the scorecard.
•Short game sucked. I three-putted five times on this day, and my chipping wasn’t on point at all. Most of my chips finished in the 15-to-20-foot range, which is something I need to work on.
So there you have it, my last two weeks. Unfortunately after some poor golf, my index has ballooned to an 11.1. My goal? Get back under a 10.5 by the end of the semester, and that essentially gives me 7 weeks, which I know will fly by.