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Had three good chances at birdie today but only made one. #1 at Green Knoll. Went driver - 3w to the left side fringe. Left the eagle attempt 6' short but made the birdie putt. Missed 8 footers on #5 and #7 today.

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Birdied 17 at an away course on Friday. Added that to the sheet.

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Birdied 18 at Whispering Woods today after:

  • Didn't play the tenth (took a par for GHIN).
  • Missing a 15-footer on 11.
  • Missing a 20-footer on 12.
  • Missing a chip-in on 13 (tap-in par).
  • Missing a 25-footer on 14.
  • Missing a 10-footer on 15.
  • Missing a 10-footer on 16.
  • Missing a 20-footer on 17.

(To be fair [or make an excuse] I didn't warmup putt, and the greens were slow because of the heat, so I kept over-reading the break on the putts.) I hit almost every putt just about how I wanted.

The putt on 18 was about 20 feet. I drove it through the fairway and the ball was about 18" above my feet. I told my playing partner how weirdly good I am from those types of lies. It was also about 10 yards farther than I typically hit the club I used.

Hit it to 20 feet dead online, and he was putting about ten feet behind the hole (he'd already putted out, was just hitting another putt) so I asked him to stop because I wanted to get ONE birdie out of the round. So I'm glad I did.

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Nabbed a birdie on 8 today, down to 2 left, which of course are 2 of my toughest to birdie.

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Positive - I had 8 birdies in my club championship over the weekend (4 new ones this year).

Negative - I doubled hole 18 today when a par would have tied me for first and put me in a playoff for the title. Ugh...

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43 minutes ago, Big C said:

Positive - I had 8 birdies in my club championship over the weekend (4 new ones this year).

Negative - I doubled hole 18 today when a par would have tied me for first and put me in a playoff for the title. Ugh...

Oh man.

But sounds like you played well overall?

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25 minutes ago, iacas said:

Oh man.

But sounds like you played well overall?

I did. 10 GIR on both days. Were it not for a couple blowup holes (two triples in addition the aforementioned closing double), I would have won easily. I need to find a way to get rid of the big numbers….

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Two more today, the 3rd and 4th holes. A par 4 and a par 3, I was 3 over on the front 9 and ended up 12 over. I didnt play particularly well but thats two more off the list. 

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Made a sweet birdie on 6 today. Went driver, 3-wood, to about 8 feet. Just missed the eagle putt. Easy stress-free tap in birdie. 

Oddly, it was one of only 2 holes that I scored well on all night. I say oddly, because I hit the ball very well today. Just nothing other than this birdie went right. Just one of those days I guess. 

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Made a pretty tap in birdie on an away course last week: 

Hole 3 on Old Fredrikstad GK, a 520 yards par 5, pretty straight with water left and OB right. It played down wind and the fairway ran pretty fast so it was optimal conditions for a long one off the tee (Smashed it down the right side (353 yards!!) . Only had an AW (149 yards) left (pin short right) for my second and had a 6 footer for eagle. Missed that, but had one of the easier eagles of the year. Two extremely satisfying shots to the green. 

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Made another birdie there too, on the 15th, a 335 yards long par 4, dogleg right with water left and long left and OB left playing into wind. Hit a smooth 4W 230yards down the middle and a perfect AW to a back right holelocation, that lipped out and almost went in. 5 inch tapin in for a nice 3.  

In the bag: Callaway Mavrik SZ 10,5 driver (X stiff), Cobra King 4 wood (Stiff, 2006 model), Callaway Mavrik irons 4 - P+A (stiff), Cobra King Pur wedges 52, 56 and 60 (stiff) and Odessey white steel putter.  Very happy with the set and the gapping. 

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And then there was 1....

Birdied 1 on Sunday, it was a real knee knocker, about 4 inches, can't believe it didn't go in for a 2.   :beer:

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On 6/1/2022 at 8:46 AM, Jrwatkins7 said:

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.  😃

Finally knocked off #2 with a good 10 foot putt.  Unfortunately, I missed both birdie putts I had on #7 and #8 from 12 and 15 feet that would have closed me out for all 18.  Maybe next weekend .

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Got the easiest one off of my list finally, #9 on my home course. Pulled a 3 wood left again (dead straight, but just left, obviously over the top), it actually hit a pine tree and bounced back towards the fairway. Lucky break that gave me a pretty decent line to the pin. Pitched on to the green, but still had some distance left. Drained the putt without a doubt. I'm starting to get a better feel for the putter, my pace control was better today. 

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Two today - 5 which is new and 15 which is not.

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#5 was pretty much a perfectly played hole. Hit a long drive down the middle of the fairway followed by a 3/4 wedge to 8’. Had a 3% right to left breaking putt that was a no doubter.

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Experience has taught me that #15 plays a little long so I went with one more club and hit a shot that started just right of the flag and never left it. Had 2’ for the birdie putt.

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I added number 4 last night. It was the only hole I played well all night.

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Had a great birdie at #6 at Costa Mesa County Club (Los Lagos course) today.  Hit a great drive out into the dogleg (drew the ball and it's a dogleg left, so I got a little closer to the green than a straight drive would have), I hit a great 4-wood to near the green, hit a 35 yard pitch shot to a foot and made the putt.  :-) 

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Eagle Alert!!! Since we have been doing this challenge, I can't remember the last time I had an eagle, but today there were 2! We only have 3 par 5s and I went eagle, birdie (finally knocked this one off), eagle. The rest of the round was pretty tough in the wind so I hit my average 78, but it was a fun round. 

Hole 1 downwind - Driver 280 center cut, 190 front pin hit six iron to 15 feet 

Hole 7 downwind - Driver 275 draw off right side, front mid pin 210 and I short side myself pin high with a 5 iron, flop over bunker from 20 yards to 12 feet 

Hole 14 into breeze - Driver 270, have 210 into wind and hit a slinging 4 iron around the corner to 5 feet 

So I only have 9, 10, 11 left to complete the challenge.  It's funny that they fell quickly last year, but not so much in 2022. 

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Away course 2 Birdies today, 

Hole 1 - 420 par 4 - hit driver into left bunker and have 180 into elevated green with tree blocking on the left. Hook a 5 iron to 20 feet and make the sidehill putt. 

Hole 5 - par 5 - hit it right off fairway  and lay up to 125. Into the breeze, hit PW above hole into back rough, putt runs down hill and smacks the pin and sticks. 

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