I’m finally getting this going. Got another birdie today, this one on the sixth hole. It’s a short par-4, about 322 from the blue tees where we played.
I only had about 70 left after crushing a drive, and I hit a wedge about 35 feet long, which is bad on that hole because the green slopes severely back to front. But I managed to curl it in the right side of the cup. That’s now 6/18. Still a long way to go, and the only really tough hole I’ve birdied is the par-3 12th, which I crossed off on Monday.
Today was a great day of golf. It was a 9-hole 2v2 match, me and my coach vs a teammate and one of my friends (the one who tries to get in my head). We played from the blue tees, which measure about 3100 yards on the front. Lowest combined score wins, but I was mainly playing my teammate who I’ve tied the last three or four times we’ve played each other.
I made five on the first two par-4 holes, despite laying two in a greenside trap on both holes. I made a bogey on the next after hitting a mediocre chip shot to 20 feet. Another bogey on the fourth despite going in the trees off the tee. On the fifth, a 418-yard par 4 from the tips (377 from whites), I got one of the luckiest breaks of my life.
A tree overhangs the blue tee on the left side, forcing players to hit a draw to get to the 150 marker. I pulled it left into the tree, but the ball went through a hole in the leaves that couldn’t have been much bigger around than an orange. I didn’t have a shot to the green and made double, but that could’ve easily been triple or worse.
I got lucky again on the short par 4 sixth. There’s a bunker on the right that’s about 220 to carry from the blues. I flew it right toward that bunker, and it landed short and jumped right over the trap. I had 70 yards left, and I hit a knockdown wedge (probably not the best play) to the back of the green, probably 35 feet from the cup, on a severely sloped back-to-front green, meaning I had a brutal downhill putt that was gonna be hard to stop because of the speed of the greens today. I judged the read/speed perfectly, and it curled in for an unbelievable birdie. My partner/coach had just about the same putt as me, and he nearly made it, but settled for par. We picked up three shots on that hole, increasing our lead to a double-digit margin with just the last three to play.
I got my last bit of luck on the seventh. I thought the play was an 8I, but was a club short. It landed just beyond the greenside bunker, and rolled back toward it, but stopped right on the edge, leaving me with a very doable chip. I nearly holed that for another birdie, but I had a tap-in par, and then finished bogey-bogey to polish off a 43. Could’ve been a bit better because I shanked a wedge third shot on the ninth hole into a bunker, then took three to get down for bogey. But, because of my recoveries and excellent putting (only needed 14 putts, no three-jacks) throughout the round, it also could’ve easily been 46 or 47. But I’m pleased with my 43. My game’s definitely changing for the better.
We ended up winning the match by, I believe, ten shots. I don’t know exactly what everyone else shot, but I know this. My coach definitely shot in the 30s, my teammate lost to me by a few, and I beat my other friend by a shot or two.