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knocked 2 more off the list this weekend.  three to go...  It seems that every time I play, the pin is tucked on #2, and that is a VERY difficult birdie.  Will have to talk to the greenskeeper and have them set up an easier pin placement on the weekend.  😃

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Got my first birdie of the season today, that's hole #3 off my list. I actually hit the flag.

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Just filled in the composite after 8 birdies in 6 rounds on my annual golf trip. Filled in 7 spots! 

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I'm just doing the Away Composite this year. I don't play enough at a single course to call it a home course.

Got on the board last weekend with two birdies on Sunday and one more on Monday. All three were at Neshanic Valley playing Ridge/Meadow and all three were on the Meadow nine. Sunday's birdies were on holes #13 and #17 (Meadow #4 & 8). On #13 I hit two great shots that left me with a 12' putt for eagle that I missed but finished with a tap-in birdie. On #17 I hit two good shots and ended up in the center of the green with a front hole location. Made a 25' putt for birdie.

Monday's birdie was on hole #11 (Meadow #2). Didn't hit a good hybrid off the tee, kind of got lucky it stayed up in the rough just to the left of the fairway bunker and didn't bounce into the penalty area. Had about 110 yards to a front left pin. I aimed for the center of the green (laterally) with a GW and pushed it slightly, but it caught the slope of the green and the ball fed towards the hole. Made the 8' putt.

I didn't putt well today so I didn't make any birdies. Was inside of 7' twice on par 3s today.

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For my away composite (also no home course this year), finally parred #1 (match play, the conceded putt was under a foot).  So at least I now have no "bogey is best score so far" I think, about to go check...

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Driver:  Titleist 915D2.  4-wood:  Titleist 917F2.  Titleist TS2 19 degree hybrid.  Another hybrid in here too.  Irons 5-U, Ping G400.  Wedges negotiable (currently 54 degree Cleveland, 58 degree Titleist) Edel putter. 

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Composite add -

#6 - 144 yard par 3 with a 9 iron to 3 feet

#13 - 502 downwind with 188 left to pin, 5 iron pin high on fringe, putt to 6 inches for a non-stress birdie tap in. This was the longest drive of the season measuring 305. Wind was a factor but I smoked it! 

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I birdied 5 and 7 today, which were new. No new birdies on the back nine. I have 1, 6, and 8 left on the front at Whispering Woods, 10, 11, 13, 14, and 16-18 left on the back. But I've only played the back… three times? Twice?

In a playing lesson I eagled the par-4 second hole (hybrid onto the green, six footer) and birdied #6 (a 209-yard par three). Both with an old Titleist hybrid. So I added those to the composite course scorecard, too.

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Had 4 birdies yesterday and 3 were on holes I needed, so have all of back 9 done. Need 3 on the front to finish them all.

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I added two to my composite course today. Played at Lake View CC. Mostly practiced, but if I made a birdie, I counted it.

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I added three over the weekend, 14 of 18 done.  But the last 4 are historically the toughest holes for me to birdie.  

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Made a cool one today: #18 is 403 yards fairly straight. However my drive wasn't: it was more of a hook into the trees and not quite in jail but not good. I hooked a 5 iron around the tress, hoping to stay short of the bunkers, which I did. So now I have a 30-35 yards pitch to the hole. I line it up, strike it nice but a bit firm, it takes off, one bounce and dunks in the hole: easy birdie! 😂  I never had a dunk like that: it's really nice, with the flag sound effect and your buddies going wild!! :beer:

ETA: This was at the end of the first 9 (starting on the back), so for good measure I also birdied the next one #1, but the regular way: fairway, green, 1 putt. And I already had that one...

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Birdied #15 at Mattawang Golf Club today. I hit one of the few good drives I had today 280 yards right down the middle of the fairway on the short par 5 which left me with about 170 yards left to the uphill green. Hit a 7i just off the back of the green onto the fringe 12' from the hole. Lipped out the eagle putt. Tap-in birdie.

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2 today…which is exciting to me since I think I’ve only had two birdies in the same round 2 other times

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June 18, birdied #12 at Big Rock in La Quinta.  On that par-4, I began with a poor drive that floated into the rough. It was followed by a 6-iron, intended for the middle of the green, hit it well but not great, came up just short... 5' from the pin.  I made the putt. 

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Driver:  Titleist 915D2.  4-wood:  Titleist 917F2.  Titleist TS2 19 degree hybrid.  Another hybrid in here too.  Irons 5-U, Ping G400.  Wedges negotiable (currently 54 degree Cleveland, 58 degree Titleist) Edel putter. 

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Hole 1.  10/18.

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Ticked 3 more off the list at the weekend, the 1st, 9th and 15th, all par fours, one of them the 15th is one I didnt get last year or ever before in fact so delighted with that. 

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It had been a while since my last birdie. Mostly because I haven't played a full round since April. However, last night I birdied number 15 (A par 5) at Bent Tree during league night. I hit a solid tee shot which ended up a little too far left to go for the green in two. So I knocked my second shot in front of the green. Hit a wedge on and putted in a tough right-to-left-downhill-12-footer for birdie. 

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