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New birdie on #14 yesterday.

Short par-4. Hit the tee shot thin, but the tee box is elevated enough so that the ball rolled out over 200 yards. Hit a 3/4 sand wedge to about 10 feet. The putt was straight, but due to a lot of recent green repair work, the surface was really sandy and bumpy so it was an adventure watching the ball roll and bounce toward the hole, and eventually drop in.

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Fun thread, Guys!  Would love to participate but I'll have to wait next year if it still continues.  Shoulder surgery coming up soon here. :-( 

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11 hours ago, Noel Daof said:

Fun thread, Guys!  Would love to participate but I'll have to wait next year if it still continues.  Shoulder surgery coming up soon here. :-( 

Good luck! I’ve been through that. Ice is your best friend and stick with the PT exercises even after the shoulder feels better.

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8 hours ago, boogielicious said:

Good luck! I’ve been through that. Ice is your best friend and stick with the PT exercises even after the shoulder feels better.

Thanks for the advice- very kind of you.  I don't mean to hack the thread, but I'm not looking forward to 6 weeks in a sling.  But as soon as my specialist gives me a release, the first thing I'll do is chip and putt.

Thanks, again.

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Birdied two holes on my away course today in my first round of 2022. It was cold and windy. The first was a 120 yard downhill hill shot. Stuck a PW to 4 feet. The second was on a long par 4. 185 out, hit a 4 iron to 5 feet. Putting was excellent today as I made a few up and downs for par too.

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Another birdie on hole 14 which makes it the second time this year.  510 yard par 5 dogleg right.  Decent tee shot and about 250 short of the green.  Hit a hybrid to about 70 yards short of the green and brilliant third shot with the PW which finished pin high and about 5 feet away.  Touch of right to left break but the putt fell

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Rough day playing the tips. Got to 17 and snapped 3W OB. Provisional perfect and knocked a 9 to 5 feet for a bogey save. Went 3W on 18 and smacked it leaving 80 yards in. Hit a lob wedge just past the hole on the elevated green and spun it back 10 feet down the incline for a kick-in. Nice way to finish! 

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(Away course) Despite 9 GIRs today, no new birdies.  No birdies of any kind.  Had GIR on two of the holes I have yet to par on my composite score, near-GIR on the other two, no pars or better in those.  Working on it!

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On 3/25/2022 at 9:43 PM, sjduffers said:

Gotta love those short par 3s, just a touch over 300 yards. You must be a stud. Congrats! :whistle::banana::beer:

Just busting your chops for the (funny) typo. Congrats on the birdie, regardless.

Birdied the same short par 3 again (LOL!!!!!).  Awesome drive left me 20 to 30 yards from the green, and an even better chip shot dropped and stopped 3 feet or so right of the pin.  Made the putt for birdie.  Also won a prize for closest to the pin for the second shot on this hole.  Not a great round overall with 4 doubles and 1 triple but I did get runner up in the handicap

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Added a new birdie on #3 today. Hit a really nice 3W off the tee that rolled out about 310 yards (downhill + firm). Partial LW to about 15 feet, and then made the putt.

Had a lip out on #8 from about 8-10 feet which would have been a new birdie as well, but it was not to be today.

Repeats on #9 and #14 also. 

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Added three holes (all par fives at Lawrence Park GC) — 8, 13, and 15 — today at LPGC.

On 8, I hit a big drive downwind, then flew it to the back of the green with a hybrid from an upslope from 242. Two putted for birdie.

On 13, from a ball above my feet about 18", I hit a hybrid about 220 from 245 out. My chip/pitch didn't run out much, but I made the 11-footer for birdie.

On 15, my tee shot was a slight pull. My hybrid from 220 went about 180 with the ball 18" below my feet… I pitched from about 50 yards (the hybrid drew a bit left off the toe, too) to about three feet and putted it in with my wedge.

I also hit a hybrid from 180 out into the strong wind on 17, with the ball in a cuppy lie under a tree, with a good sized draw. Ryan said "You know, I'm going to be playing golf when I'm done playing with you and I'm going to think 'You guys don't do anything spectacular like I'm used to seeing five times a round like that.'" Was a nice thing to hear. 😄

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First round in Norway of the year on Saturday, and 3 birdies on my non home, local, golf course. 

Hole 6 (145 yards par 3) - Hit a low cutt into the wind with my PW that left me with a 15 feet putt. I quite tricky downhill putt with around 3 feet break left to right, but I made it!  

Hole 11 (450 yards par 5, narrow, dogleg left and bit uphill and into wind all the way to the green) - Good 5 iron from tee. Thinned my 2nd about 120 yards, but it still did the job and left me with 150 yards uphill into wind to the pin. Made a great shot from there and was left with 14 feet for birdie. Made the putt. 

Hole 16 (510 yards par 5) - Plenty of space to the right (next to hole 14) so I went with driver. A decent hit, but way too much cutt left me with 235 yards and a blind shot to the pin. Smoked my 5 iron from there to the fringe just short of pin high. 10 yards to the pin and made the up'n'down for a birdie. 

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Pretty mad at myself for a miserable 9 holes to kick off the league season this week but 34 holes into my 2022 golf season and did manage to make my 2nd birdie of the year in what was otherwise a bad day. Since I’ve started playing at this course 5 has always been a hole that could be anything from a pw to a 7 iron. They lengthened it for 2022 this season and it was a 5 iron for me. Took an aggressive line, for some reason that I still haven’t figured out. Hit a solid shot right of the flag and dropped a 30 footer. Both birdies this season have come from at least 20 feet so there is a positive at least. Hopefully it’s a sign that my putter is going to be a solid performer this season!

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Second away round on Thursday netted 3 while I birdied, 9, 14, and 18 (par 5 on in 2). Today at the home course, I birdied 6, 8, 13, and 17. I missed a 5 footer on one, was pin high on 7 with an easy up and down miss for birdie, and missed a 6 footer on 18. I did have 2 doubles to drown them out but shot 77 in very windy conditions! Solid ball striking with 2 big mistakes. 

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