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First even par round!!!

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ajbirken    0
Thought I'd share... Started playing about 6 years ago. Been steadily improving and carried a hcp index of 7-10 for the past several years. A bunch of 2 over rounds and about 4-5 1-overs but couldn't break the par barrier! Got a putting tip from a buddy a few weeks ago ( I suck at putting!). August 17th 2014 Olde Liberty Golf and Country Club: Minutemen tees. 6733 yards, slope/rating 72/132 Have only had one sub-80 round on this course (79 and felt good about it). Shot 88 in the day before in the first round of the tournament. I'm sure that I'm out of it and we start a game in our 4-some where it's a dollar a hole for bogey-free streaks (first guy that makes bogey pays everyone a dollar for each hole until they make bogey. Second guy that makes bogey pays the next two...once the last guy makes bogey it resets). This was a PERFECT distraction for me. Hole 1, Par 4, 379 yards: 4-Hybrid off the tee to about 150. 9 Iron to about 15 ft. 2-putt for par Hole 2, Par 5, 528 yards: Driver to left rough about 240 out. Sand wedge to 130. Gap wedge to 12 feet. 2- putt for par. Hole 3, Par 3, 183 yards: 6 iron to right fringe, 20 feet from hole. Chip to 6 inches. 1 putt for par. Hole 4, Par 4, 424 yards: 4-Hybrid to 170. 6 iron over the back of the green by about 30 yards, short-sided. Flop to about 10 feet. 1 putt for par. Hole 5, Par 5, 540 yards: Driver to right rough about 240. 4-hybrid to about 4 feet. 1 putt for eagle! Hole 6, Par 4, 384 yards: Driver yanked left to about 105 yards (just off cart path with backswing impeded by tree). Punch sand wedge to 15 feet. 1 putt for birdie! Hole 7, Par 4, 377 yards: Driver to left rough about 110 out. Ball above feet, pull sand wedge over green, down hill about 30 yards from the hole, elevated green. Flop to about 5 feet. 1 putt for bogey. Hole 8, Par 3, 171 yards: 7 iron to about 30 feet. 2 putt for par (second putt about 3 feet). Hole 9, Par 4, 424 yards: 4 hybrid to about 205 out. 4-hybrid pulled to left. flop to 5 feet. 3-putt for double and even on front side!!!!!! Back to reality. Hole 10, Par 5, 512 yards: Driver to 240. 5-wood to greenside bunker (took me two to get out of day before!). Holed out from bunker for second eagle of the round! Hole 11, Par 4, 443 yards: Driver to 120 (caught downslope and got good roll-out). Gap wedge to 25 feet above hole. 2-putt for par. Hole 12, Par 3, 177 yards: 7 iron to fringe. Putt downhill goes past hole by 5 feet. drained putt for par. Hole 13, Par 4, 380 yards: Driver to 105 out. Lob wedge to 12 feet. 2-putt for par. Hole 14, Par 4, 330 yards: 4-hybrid to 60 yards. Lob wedge to 20 feet. 2-putt for par. Hole 15, Par 3, 170 yards: Starting to get nervous about being under par this deep into round. 9 iron to 28 feet. Fast downhill put, leave short by 4 feet. Make second for par. Hole 16, Par 4 412 yards: Play it "safe" with 4-hybrid to avoid ravine that cuts through fairway. Pull left into the woods (lateral hazard). Have to hook 6 iron around trees to get back towards geen and put into greenside bunker. Sand is shallow and I blast out over the green by 30 yards. Flop it onto elevated green to about 12 feet. 2 putt for triple. Wind completely out of my sails. Hole 17, Par 4, 376 yards: Start thinking about best method of suicide. Driver to about 105 to elevated green. Sand wedge pin high and spins back to 18 feet. "Sally" putt 5-feet short. Make a good "all around" putt that barely catches left edge. Hole 18, Par 5, 523 yards: Driver to about 238. Lay up to 125 with a 7 iron. Sand wedge to 25 feet. Just trying to 2-putt and accidentally make birdie on last hole to shoot even for the first time and win club championship (first flight) I hope it's not another 6 years til the next one!

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Hammer 4    51

Congratz. I'm sure you'll shoot some par, or even lower rounds in the furure..

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ajbirken    0


Originally Posted by RandallT

Holy crap you hit 4 hybrid 240 yards from the rough to 4 ft from the pin. Wow. Enjoyed the write up. Congrats!!

I'm pretty lucky that distance is not my major obstacle. Hands of stone, no clubs inside 100 yards  (full lob is about 100) and no feel for putting. I typically hit that club 220-ish and can juice it a little further if I have my hernia belt on. This shot had a slight tailwind, firm greens...ridculously luckly rollout!!!

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ajbirken    0

No more 88s allowed for the par shooter :)


Next 3 rounds were: 78, 79, 84...I'm sure my ratio of 88s to 72s will still be high for a while!

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Great job Adam, now that you know you can do it, your confidence should help you shoot lower scores. The mental aspect of your game should really be great right now.

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ajbirken    0

It took almost a year but I finally did it again. I've had a few one over rounds but couldn't get it done.

Eagle ridge golf club black tees. Slope/rating 72.3/136. Playing about 6600 yards.

Hole 1: 386 yard par 4. Driver to the middle of the fairway 129 yards left. Skull PW to fringe. LW to 4 Ft. One putt for par.

Hole 2: 172 yard par 3. Seven iron to about 18 ft. 2 putt par.

Hole 3: 440 yard par 4. heeled driver in fairway to 200yds. Pure 5 iron to middle of green. First putt to 2.5 feet. Yank second putt. Tap in bogey.

Hole 4: 217 yard par 3. four hybrid 15 Ft right of green. Failed flop to fringe. LW to 6 Ft..sink putt for bogey.

Hole 5: 451 yard par 4. Driver to right rough to about 190. Six iron short of green. LW to 8 Ft. 2 putt bogey.

Hole 6: 373 yard par 4. 3-wood to 130. PW to 8 Ft below hole. Make putt for birdie.

Hole 7: 540 yard par 5. Driver to right rough about 270 out. 3-wood about 5 yards short of green. LW to 6 feet. One putt for birdie.

Hole 8: 166 yard uphill par 3. Five iron to about 15 ft. Two putt par.

Hole 9: 560 yard par 5. Driver to about 250 out. 3-wood to 30 yds. LW to 4 Ft. Make putt for birdie.

Hole 10: 579 yard par 5. layout forces 3 shots to green. Two 4 hybrids to 130. PW to 15 Ft. Make R to L swinger for birdie.

Hole 11: 171 yard par 3. Six iron chubbed to 100 yes (barely past ladies tees). LW to 8 Ft. Lip first putt. Tap in bogey.

Hole 12: 460 yard par 4. Toughest hole on course. 3-wood to 200 yds. 4hybrid over green. LW to 18 Ft. 2 putt bogey.

Hole 13: 150 yard par 3. 8 iron to left side of green 30 Ft. Two putt par.

Hole 14: 552 yard par 5. Driver to 260. Front of green surrounded by bunkers. Lay up w six iron to 95 yds. LW to 18 Ft. Two putt par.

Hole 15: 230 yard par 3. Four hybrid to 20 Ft. Two putt for par.

Hole 16: 449 par 4. Driver to 484. Six iron short of green. LW to 4 Ft. Make putt for par.

Hole 17: 526 yard par 5. Driver pulled left hits tree and kicks to the middle of the fairway 280 out. Punch PW to 153. 8 iron to 5 feet. Fran putt for birdie.

Hole 18: 155 yard par 3 (converted from par four to let fairway heal from winterkill). All carry over water. Blast 8 iron to back of a tiered green. Sink 25 foot double breaking snake for birdie!

Finish w a 69! I was only thinking about shooting even again.

Hope it's not another year til next time.

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