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2021 TST Birdie Challenge


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After what seemed like months of absence from this thread, I'm back.  Saturday I birdied the 12th at Stoneleigh, leaving me only one more hole.  

 

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well, I think I can call the season officially over.    boo.  

but, this year I birdied 11 separate holes as opposed to last year's 8.   so that's a bonus.   

Pretty surprised to see that I have not birdied #5 in either of the last two years.   looking back on my last 20 scorecards, I have 16 pars, 3 bogeys, and 1 triple (ugh).    
Absurd to have that many pars and not be able to sink a single birdie.    usually approaching that green with a PW as well.   

Composite total for the 2 year stretch. 12 separate holes, with #10 being the only hole I got last year but missed out on this year.   

 

 

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I am not going to meet this goal this year, as I simply haven't played much golf at all, and seldom on the back nine (where all of the birdies remain).

It's a bummer, as I set out to do this again this year, but oh well: I had a good year otherwise, and I look forward to playing a bit more golf next year.

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The season is over soon and it looks like I won't get my birdies on 6, 7, 8 and 16 this year (Had birdies on all these holes last year). No eagles this season is a bit disappointing too. 

Hopefully I'll get a couple of more goes at it before the course closes for the season, but with all the greens just been aerationed it'll not be any easier to drain birdieputts.... 

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Birdied the fourth hole today.  Hole is a bit of a dogleg right.  Hit a great driver shot and cut the dogleg.  Left myself under a 100 yards, around 60 if memory serves.  Not a great second shot but since the course was hard it bounced ahead of the green and ran on.  Maybe 10 foot putt which I sank for easily the best hole of my round and the icing on a streak of great holes.  Had started on 10 so after 2 pars on 17 and 18, had breakfast and then another three straight pars before this birdie.

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Finally birdied 16, a 337 yard par 4, with a slight dogleg right and a very narrow fairway the last 110 yards to the green. 

Hit a smooth 7 iron 182 yards from tee to the middle of the fairway slightly into wind and directly into a low sun. From there I had 152 to the pin, into wind, into sun and about 7 yards downhill, so I went with PW. Didn't see anything because of the low sun, but it felt ok. The flag was placed in the top shelf of the 2 level green, and my approach just clung on the to top level around 14 feet from the pin. The uphill 14 footer with a couple of feet left to right movement was drained, and I could finally cross this hole off my birdie-list for the season. Hurray! 

I did miss a 6 footer for birdie on 8 though, so I could have crossed off another with a kinder lip there 😒 (or with marginally less pace on the putt) 

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Finally got my last birdie yesterday to complete that portion of the Away Course challenge. 

#3 Par 5 at Chateau Elan (Chateau Course) in Braselton Georgia. Driver, 3W, PW to 5 feet. 

Won't be completing the Home Course challenge as I don't play there much since our company golf league doesn't play there any longer. 🙁

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On 10/24/2021 at 10:38 AM, iacas said:

I am not going to meet this goal this year, as I simply haven't played much golf at all, and seldom on the back nine (where all of the birdies remain).

It's a bummer, as I set out to do this again this year, but oh well: I had a good year otherwise, and I look forward to playing a bit more golf next year.

I'm not going to make it either. I'm actually really happy with how well I did, however. After 23 rounds of 18 and 16 rounds of 9 holes (I guess that gave me about 31 tries at every hole) I was able to birdie all but 4 of them. I'm sure my expectations were a lot lower than yours, because that's better than I thought I'd do. 

Of course I will try again next year. I need to get my game back in order. I feel like I'm getting closer. I'm just not there yet. As Cub fans said for more than a hundred years.... "There's always next year." 

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Noticed the spreadsheet is looking a little wonky...somehow had an entry for -2 on the first hole, which I have only done par or better.

There's a random new column.

@Billy Z has a whole lot of eagles...

I've probably got 8-9 rounds left to get 6 birdies. Doubt I'll make it this year either.

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45 minutes ago, Darkfrog said:

@Billy Z has a whole lot of eagles...

I did not make an eagle this year. I had at least 2 good chances and a couple more outside chances, but I couldn't convert on any. ... 😥

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