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Kyle, congratulations for playing, and enjoying the experience.  Next time, you'll be even more prepared for the mental challenges.  As someone else said, you also get lots of respect from me for persevering and posting a score, even though it wasn't what you were hoping for.

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Well, I will not be qualifying, however I had fun and it was a good learning experience. I had a few 3 putts as the greens were really slick, and two blow up holes where I could have benefited form sl

I started this Blog Post a few months back, and well, have achieved my goal with 2 weeks to spare. As of Friday I will be a 2.7 handicap index (down from an 8.6 on May 1st) and I can officially submit

Fair. That's all I can say, since you are making this post on speculation, and the fact that a lot of guys do post low scores to play top tier courses that they normally wouldn't get to play. As

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29 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

Kyle, congratulations for playing, and enjoying the experience.  Next time, you'll be even more prepared for the mental challenges.  As someone else said, you also get lots of respect from me for persevering and posting a score, even though it wasn't what you were hoping for.

I agree with Dave, definitely enjoy the experience, I haven't tried to qualify in a long time, as my handicap has gone up too much.  I remember trying to qualify for the US AM many, many moons ago, definitely a different experience and kudo's for sticking it out after your front 9 endeavor.  A couple friends of mine just played in the qualifying round for he VA Senior Am, one played OK and made the cut on the number and the other (who is supposed to be the better golfer), walked off the course on 18 and NC, because he wasn't going to break 90.

The next time it will get easier.

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I find that when I'm nervous, putting and chipping are the things that suffer the most. So I have no doubt that if you played in the exact same situation today, your short game would be much, much better. Hopefully you can get back there next year and try again.

Great thread, and I really enjoyed following along. I hope to be able to play in a USGA qualifier someday myself. Following along with you has given me more motivation to better myself and get to that level. Also gives me something to expect when (not if! ... I hope ...) I get good enough to play in one of these.

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Thanks guys. It was a lot of fun, and I've gotten a lot of somewhat proud comments from friends who are much better golfers than me. They were mainly proud of me battling back on the back 9 and for posting my score. Today I went to the gym and relaxed with my wife. Will probably pick up my clubs again Thursday and get ready for next week. 

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1 hour ago, kpaulhus said:

Today I went to the gym and relaxed with my wife.

Does not compute.

42 minutes ago, David in FL said:

Congrats on getting out there in a big qualifier like that.  :beer:

If this game was easy, they'd call it tennis!  ;-)

Ha!  I'd vote for bowling in place of tennis though. :P

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4 minutes ago, Golfingdad said:

Lol, that would make more sense.  I was picturing him "relaxing" on a treadmill or something.

I walk/jogged the indoor track while she trained legs for moral support. 

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12 minutes ago, kpaulhus said:

I walk/jogged the indoor track while she trained legs for moral support. 

So she worked out and you got the benefit :dance:

Seriously though, proud that you stuck it out after the front 9 and came back to play well on the back 9.  At least you now have a better idea of what you need to do for the next time you go the tourney.  I would expect around a par score would be needed to qualify.

Those two big blow up holes killed your card no doubt.  Otherwise you could have been looking at scoring around 80 or bit less.

Look forward to the next tournament you take part in

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Kyle, congrats for fighting through and posting a good score. The only experience I have to compare is playing in a "shamble" outing at a local country club last year. This is the hardest golf course I have ever played in my life! The greens drove everyone in my foursome crazy! It was like nothing I'd ever experienced before, and I've played some nice courses! Just reinforced the idea that to play golf at that level may be the hardest sporting endeavor of all!

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On August 8, 2016 at 3:42 PM, kpaulhus said:

Getting frustrated I hacked it out past the flag and it rolled 30 ft away. 3 putts later I carded an 8. I was rushing, just didn't think, whatever you want to call it, bran fart. Dumb. 

Yes it was.

As I'm sure you know, you cant lose your composure out there. That hole should have been no worse than a 5.  But like you said, it was a learning experience and you had fun. It seems you made some other mental and course management errors, but those sort themselves out with experience.  Competition golf on the national level is mostly course management and putting, IMO. The US open quail earlier this year is the only USGA event I've participated in over the last 12 months, and i was surprised how rusty my mental game was in that round. Its something that needs to be honed just as much as the swing for a tournament player. You'll know better for next time and you'll get that calm thing that happens. I cant explain it. 

Welcome to the club! :beer: 

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On 8/9/2016 at 8:27 PM, kpaulhus said:

 

While many here are applauding Kyle for his efforts in this event, the reality is, as bkuehn1952 pointed out earlier, that he really was in a bit over his head here. The fact that he finished 40th out of the 43 that tried to qualify last Monday in Fayetteville pretty much tells us all we need to know. I'm sure this was a great learning experience for Kyle, but there were clearly warning signs noticeable as he approached the qualifier.

As one who's been the chairman of the handicap Committee at my club for the past 5 years, I've never seen anyone's index drop from 8.6 to 2.7 in just 60 days...not even close. A reduction such as that can only be described as miraculous, almost unbelievable. A check with my regional golf association confirms that description. But then, after this amazingly impressive improvement which allowed him to qualify to play in the U.S. Mid-Am, Kyle has played quite poorly since then, to say the least. In his past 20 posted scores, 14 of which were at his home course, 15 were in the 80's or higher, culminated by his 88 in the Mid-Am qualifier last Monday.   

What's my point? Who knows? But every year we see a bunch of guys with low handicaps shooting scores in the 80's and 90's in events where we'd expect to see much lower scores than that. I'm sure that all of them are good guys...and, at least at their home clubs, good players...but perhaps they just don't know their limitations.       

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26 minutes ago, Pendragon said:

While many here are applauding Kyle for his efforts in this event, the reality is, as bkuehn1952 pointed out earlier, that he really was in a bit over his head here.

Why are those mutually exclusive?

26 minutes ago, Pendragon said:

What's my point? Who knows?   

OK...then why post this? It seems unnecessarily antagonistic if you're not even trying to make a point.

27 minutes ago, Pendragon said:

but perhaps they just don't know their limitations.       

Are you suggesting he shouldn't have even played? That's f--king stupid. Should the athletes from small countries not even show up at the Olympics because they lose to the US? 

It's not like he was posting for weeks about how he wanted to win and shoot a 68 or something.

Anyway, this post just seems petty.

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32 minutes ago, Hardspoon said:

OK...then why post this? It seems unnecessarily antagonistic if you're not even trying to make a point.

I feel like his point was to insinuate that Kyle cheated (in getting his handicap low enough) just to get into the tournament.

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1 hour ago, Hardspoon said:

Why are those mutually exclusive?

OK...then why post this? It seems unnecessarily antagonistic if you're not even trying to make a point.

Are you suggesting he shouldn't have even played? That's f--king stupid. Should the athletes from small countries not even show up at the Olympics because they lose to the US? 

It's not like he was posting for weeks about how he wanted to win and shoot a 68 or something.

Anyway, this post just seems petty.

Hey, I'm just pointing out facts. It just seems curious that a guy who's been fluctuating between a 7 and a 9 handicap for most of the past year miraculously jumps to a 3 (2.7 index) in 60 days...then, once he's reached his goal, all of a sudden he has a hard time breaking 80, even on his home course, and beats all of 3 guys at the qualifier. It just seems a bit curious. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, iacas said:

I feel like his point was to insinuate that Kyle cheated (in getting his handicap low enough) just to get into the tournament.

 

7 minutes ago, Pendragon said:

Hey, I'm just pointing out facts. It just seems curious that a guy who's been fluctuating between a 7 and a 9 handicap for most of the past year miraculously jumps to a 3 (2.7 index) in 60 days...then, once he's reached his goal, all of a sudden he has a hard time breaking 80, even on his home course, and beats all of 3 guys at the qualifier. It just seems a bit curious. 

 

 

Let's face it, if it were anyone other than someone well known on this site, the question would have been raised long ago.

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1 minute ago, David in FL said:

Let's face it, if it were anyone other than someone well known on this site, the question would have been raised long ago.

So? He is well known. Are you insinuating the same thing?

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