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3 hours ago, iacas said:

I'm still not sure what you mean. Again, you can put -3 or -4 or -21 as I did here and it still "works" just fine:

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But again, yeah, unless you make an albatross you shouldn't be putting -3 in. Just your lowest score this year on 18 separate holes. So, for many after a round or two, that's a par on most holes with a few birdies. Many don't even bother to list the bogeys, as they assume they'll par them eventually.

P.S. In case it's not clear I put "-21" in for my 18th hole temporarily and the formula just adds holes 1 to 18. A par written as "-" or "0" or "E" doesn't mess up the total column, which just adds up the numbers available, or the Birdie or Better column, which just counts negative numbers.

Total misunderstanding. I was looking at it completely wrong. I was interpreting it as if you put a -4 in a hole that it was going to count 4 in the birdie or better total. That’s what made me think the formula was “broken” for that cell. I get it now. 

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29 minutes ago, Dunit507 said:

Total misunderstanding. I was looking at it completely wrong. I was interpreting it as if you put a -4 in a hole that it was going to count 4 in the birdie or better total. That’s what made me think the formula was “broken” for that cell. I get it now. 

Oh okay.

Yeah, that number is capped at 18, obviously. 😄

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On 5/29/2021 at 12:59 PM, iacas said:

Oh okay.

Yeah, that number is capped at 18, obviously. 😄

I’m still keeping a tracker of my own in my note pad on my phone to track my total birdies for the season. The one on 9 the other day was my favorite this season. I hit a crushed drive and from center of fairway I hit a SW that landed on the lip and bounced up off the stick. Ended up a 6” tap in. This after I jarred a 25 footer to save par at 8. Had several great 12 foot and in looks that day and the only one I was able to make birdie was that 9th hole. We played 11 before darkness and was able to 2 putt on 11 for birdie after sticking a hybrid to 15 feet in 2. 

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It feels like forever since I've made a "new" birdie, but I got one today.  I have 11 of 18, with most of the toughest holes remaining.

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A nice hybrid to 4’ on #14 today.  Number 4 hcp hole and a perennial challenge for me.

6 to go.  It’s getting tough...

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No new birdies. No redo birdies. ...but two quads 😭 and seven lost balls. 

 

...can't wait until the next time!

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So I was playing with Sculley the other day. I had a 25-footer on number nine, and he asked if his ball was in the way, about halfway between my ball and the hole.

I'd read my putt and determined that the ideal line would have my ball missing his by about a millimeter, as the putt broke about 30 inches to the left. I said "You know what, leave it there. I think I have to barely miss your ball to get it into the middle, and if I miss it by half an inch it should go in the left side. But… I have to start my ball just right of yours and it should break enough by then to just miss your ball."

I hit the putt. It missed his ball by about half an inch. It went in the left side of the hole.

It wasn't until a few holes later that I realized I'd just closed out the front nine for the birdie challenge. I only have the non-par-fives on the back nine left. (I think I've only played the back nine three times this year so far.)

11 down. 7 to go.

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Got three birdies yesterday, 1 new. Hole 15, a short par 3, 140 yards, with small (35 x 40 feet) island green where all missed greens are in the hazard. It played into wind yesterday, so I clubbed up to my PW and hit it pretty soft. A sligth fade that landed pin high 15' right of the flag and spun a couple of feet closer. The putt was dead center for a nice little 2 on the card.    

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I had a great time playing in the rain last night. Let's just say it had been a bit of frustrating couple of days and last night was a great release. I remember now why I play golf. 

Anyway, I made zero birdies (although I played well). The driver swing changes are starting to take. ... sort of ... kind of ...

I also FINALLY made a par on number 11. So I no longer have any red or orange numbers on my TST Birdie Challenge Sheet. 

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Today was a good day: my first 4 birdies day ever! I had managed 3 birdies many times before (maybe 12 or 15 times), but never 4.  And that included two new ones on the spreadsheet: #13 and #15.

I also chipped in on #12 and had a chip left (to close range for a 3ft birdie putt) on the par 5 #17.  A pretty good back nine at 35 (par 36), after rinsing a ball on the long par 3 #11 for double and getting into a greenside bunker on #18 with a bogey finish. That was also just 11 putts on the back 9 in total.  After a relatively poor 40 on the front (par 34), it was still a good (for me) 75. I'll take it! :dance:

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Finally played the back again. Birdied #13. Got a good kick off a crushed hybrid, hit a really solid 9I to 10 feet, buried the downhill slider putt dead center.

Six to go. All on the back nine.

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55 minutes ago, iacas said:

Finally played the back again. Birdied #13. Got a good kick off a crushed hybrid, hit a really solid 9I to 10 feet, buried the downhill slider putt dead center.

Six to go. All on the back nine.

Did you use the shovel to bury the putt after you made it? 😄

I also birdied #13 by hitting a 9I to 10 feet and making a downhill putt. I did plant a goose feather on the tee before hit the tee shot.

 

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Birdied 4, a short par 4. Already done that before.  A bit better than last time out though! 🙂

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15 hours ago, iacas said:

Six to go. All on the back nine.

Maybe you are tiring out by the time you get to the back nine, and may need some cardio workout? 

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3 hours ago, Billy Z said:

Maybe you are tiring out by the time you get to the back nine, and may need some cardio workout? 

Erik hasn't really gotten to play the back nine at Whispering Woods very much my his own admission.

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11 hours ago, Billy Z said:

Maybe you are tiring out by the time you get to the back nine, and may need some cardio workout? 

What is your deal, man? I’ve played the back nine like four times this year. Stuff like this says that:

On 6/4/2021 at 6:47 PM, iacas said:

Finally played the back again.

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Three birdie day! 🙂 Only the second time I've ever managed that.  Chipped in on 8 - that's a new birdie for me.

...also had a snowman, but I'm focusing on the positive 👍.

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I just got back from a golf trip at Orange National in Orlando playing Crooked Cat and Panther Lake. We stayed on property and avoided the rain and got in 5.5 rounds. While I didn't get the low round of 72, I was the birdie leader with 9 and did something I have never done by knocking down a birdie on the opening hole par 5 all  three times on CC.  Granted we played the green tees (CC 70.4/130 at 6226, PL 71.2/132 at 6380) because the course was wet, but it felt good to not to be playing any par 3s at 200 yards (most were 150-180).  

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