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  1. Here’s a tournament in planning on playing in! The Durham Amateur Golf Championship is a two day event (June 5-6), and it’s very affordable ($100, covers the two tournament rounds and one practice round). The good news is that we will be riding both days, unlike a lot of tournaments I’ve seen. I am going to get my coach’s signature on the form tonight at our banquet (must have coach’s initials on form), and I’ll report back here once I’ve registered!
  2. I’ve hit a lot of good shots in the past week or so, but two really stand out: •In my round at Croasdaile, I was sitting two on a par 5 about 130 out, but there were some trees overhanging, so I couldn’t hit a lofted PW/9I. I opted for a punch and run with a 7I, planning to land it about ten feet short of the elevated green. I did exactly that, and my ball rolled onto the top tier where the pin was and stopped four feet out. Would’ve been a heck of a birdie, since that hole isn’t easy on a normal day, but I had a nice tap in for par. •This was from my round yesterday. The
  3. I’ve played several times in the past week and a half, four rounds to be exact, so here we go! 5/6: Decided to play 18 holes after school, and I’m happy I did! My front nine was spectacular: two birdies and two bogeys, the rest pars for an even-par 36. One of the birdies was on the tough fifth hole after I bombed a drive and hit a wedge to six feet. That beats my personal best nine by two strokes! I started par-bogey on the back, but went +12 on the last seven holes to shoot 49 on the back for an 85 total. Still a solid number, but it was disappointing after the front. 5/
  4. I understand where he’s coming from. ‘Drop and take a stroke’ is a rule that I’m sure a lot of players play in casual rounds (I did too for a while), but in reality it’s stroke and distance. Now, if I’m not mistaken, there’s a new rule that says you can play from where it went in, but you’re hitting your fourth shot instead of your third, as he was thinking. In my personal experience, to avoid situations like this, I just hit a provisional ball if I have any doubt whatsoever that the ball’s out of play.
  5. Sorry for posting so late as regionals was over a week ago, but I’ve finally got a good time block to write this! Regionals was last Monday, and it was a fun day of golf! Talking in the hotel room the night before, we came to the conclusion that to have a chance to advance to states, I’d have to shoot around 80. Given the way I was hitting the ball in our two rounds the previous two days, that wasn’t out of the picture. It would be difficult, yes, but not out of reach. However, on the front nine I shot myself out of that possibility. I went +7 through five holes, meaning I had to par out.
  6. I’ve got a lot of golf to tell y’all about (including regionals on Monday, more about that in my blog!), playing four days in a five-day stretch, so here we go! THURSDAY: This was the last official day of practice of the season, so we had a match to finish. Me, two teammates and one of the coaches played nine holes from the blues. I was off to a strong start, one under through two after getting up and down for par on the first hole and hitting a 6I to within a foot on the second hole. I didn’t know it because I was only focused on what I was doing, but I already had a three-stroke lead.
  7. The way I see it, it all comes down to what you feel comfortable with. In my case, I feel comfortable swinging hard with any club from a PW up.
  8. We played Falls Village today, and it was a fun round! My dad and I decided on the blue tees, my brother played the whites. I’ll put the scorecard below. The back nine destroyed all of us, with me posting 48 and my dad 52 (we didn’t keep my bro’s score upon his request, but he didn’t play well with the exception of a birdie on the second hole and a par on the sixth). Of the 14 holes I could’ve hit driver on, I only took out the big stick on five of them. In fact, I only missed three fairways, all of which were with the driver. But I can’t complain too much. I played pretty well on
  9. What’s the greatest comeback you’ve ever made in a round of golf? It can be when you’ve started a round poorly and played well the last several holes or you were in a match and came back from a huge deficit. I’ve got two, one from each of those categories. •I remember not too long ago I was +13 through five holes and seemingly on my way to a three-digit score. But I played the last thirteen holes at +9 to shoot 94. Usually I’d be disappointed with 94 but not on that day. •This was from about two years ago. I was playing a nine hole stroke match with a teammate and I was three strokes
  10. Two nine hole days so far this week: YESTERDAY: Played the back nine from the blues yesterday but didn’t really keep score, just sort of a practice round where I hit two or more balls on a few holes. I did par the tenth and eighteenth holes playing my first ball though, which I was happy with. I hit it pretty well too. TODAY: Same deal as yesterday, but this was a scoring round that I played with two buddies. I only managed to shoot 49, but I hit it just as well, if not better, than yesterday. I parred the long 16th hole after topping my second, but that was the only par I made. The
  11. We did a 9-hole scramble mini-tournament for a kinda laid-back practice yesterday. It was the three coaches and one of their sons on a team, and the eight of us were divided into two teams of four and we took carts. The coaches played the white tees, we played the blues, and the two ladies on the team played the reds. We all got one “tee buster” (men used the red tees, ladies from the 200-yard marker. We all had a blast, and there was a lot of trash talk which I enjoyed. We were off to a slow start, making par on the first three holes. Courtesy of my approach, we had a makeable birdie put
  12. I was going to play Croasdaile yesterday, but I couldn’t play until around 4:00 and there weren’t any tee times. So I went to my home course, knowing I’d feel better if I played at all. I was going to play the blues at Croasdaile to get used to playing a longer course for Regionals, so I played the blues at Umstead, which are around 6400. I shot 46 on the front after starting double-double, so I wasn’t really disappointed at all. Then I started bogey-par-par on the back and had a three-footer to save bogey on 13. Barely tapped it because that particular green is lightning fast, and watch
  13. The conference championship was yesterday, and it was a fun time, especially considering we were playing for a spot in regionals (we were second before the championship, and two teams advance to regionals), and I was playing for a spot in All Conference (top ten qualify for All Conference, I was somewhere between 8th and 12th, so I was close going in). We were so far ahead of third place that advancing to regionals seemed like a formality, so I was mainly focused on All Conference, which I said was one of my golf goals for this year. I wanted it badly. I had a feeling that if I shot 85, it wou
  14. Here’s another scorecard that I really like. Croasdaile Country Club. They just got new scorecards two weeks ago, so here it is! They went back to a horizontal card, which I like. Their old scorecard was hard to figure out as far as combo tees go, but this card makes it very easy. The only true pop-out colors here are the arrows for the combo tees, but that hardly bothers me. The rest of the inside is simple: six lines for scoring, two of which are for keeping track of matches. The front of the card is nice. Logo, course name, city. Super simple. The back is a little bit too mu
  15. I’ve played 36 holes in the past few days: 18 on Tuesday afternoon, 18 Wednesday morning. Tuesday: 18 holes at the home course. Played with a buddy for the front nine and we had a heck of a match. I held a two-stroke lead with one to play, and that proved to be enough: I bogeyed to close the front with a 48, nothing better than a bogey, and he parred the hole to finish at 49. Then I made the turn to the back. It was a super inconsistent performance. I made four pars, a bogey, a double, two triples and a 10 on the par-4 14th. That means a 51 on the back and a 99 total. I had to go +2
  16. When he took out that flag and starting hitting him with it, I found it very difficult to hold a laugh in. 😂😂
  17. I managed another birdie on the sixth hole after a 12-footer, which puts me at 5/18 for the year. Not a bad start!
  18. We played nine holes today in practice and I shot a smooth little 42 (+7, playing the fourth hole as a par-4 from the reds). The highlight of the round was a span of about a hole and a half. Sitting two about ten feet short of the fifth green, I hit a nice pitch shot that stopped a foot from the hole, leaving a tap-in par. Then on the sixth, I hit my approach to about twelve feet and made the putt to knock off another birdie on the challenge. My brother also played pretty well, as you’ll see in the scorecard below. He shot a 54 (+19) with a triple-double-triple finish. A really solid day
  19. Never did my anylasis of our last match, so I guess I’ll do it now. 😃 The first 18-hole match was Thursday, and I’ll just say this: it wasn’t near the level of success we had on Tuesday. Not terrible by any means, but definitely not great. The course we played, Kerr Lake Country Club, wasn’t in fantastic shape, but it was a fun layout that kinda made up for the condition. We played the white tees (just under 6200 yards), so all yardages I note are from there. I’ll do another hole by hole anylasis, and because the second hole was my starting hole, I’ll start there! No. 2; Par 4, 291 y
  20. Haven’t read LSW yet, but I’m definitely looking to in the near future!
  21. There are four slots in my golf bag. I’ll call them North, South, East and West, since they are arranged sort of like a compass. North Slot: Driver, 3W, 5W East Slot: Driving Iron, 4H, 5H South Slot: 6I-PW West Slot: GW (50), SW (54), Putter Once upon a time, I had the North and South slots swapped, so my woods are in the front. That made it more difficult to get to the irons when we rode in a cart, so I switched them. I also used to just put them wherever I felt like putting them, but last summer I decided it would be better if I just had a system so I wouldn’t
  22. On the first hole, I can’t really hit more club because from where we were hitting, it was probably around 210 to the far treeline, meaning about 190 to run through the fairway. On the second hole, I didn’t hit driver because I didn’t really hit it well on the range, so I wanted to wait for a hole that was a little more wide open. As for the eighth hole, I was trying to hit it a little left of the 150 marker to set up a 140-yard second shot, but it just happened to draw and leave me in better position. This is one hole where you cannot hit driver because it’s about 190 to the treelin
  23. 1, 5 and 6 for me. I could pick and choose what clubs I want without fear of cost, and I’ve always wanted to go to Augusta and meet John Daly.
  24. Easy. 400ish par 4. •First I’ll hit a drive in the fairway, leaving somewhere in the neighborhood of 175 yards. I’ve never been a super long hitter, but I’m pretty good at putting it in the fairway. In fact, in my past 36 holes, I’ve only missed three fairways. •Using a 5- or 6-iron, I’ll probably miss the green, but not by much. When I miss the green, it’s usually not by a whole lot. I’ll typically have around 15 GIRs/nGIRs a round. I’ll usually double or triple the other three holes, and I’ll probably throw in a double or two with the nGIRs. Of course, if I’m having an above or bel
  25. There is honestly a lot to say about our match today. As you’ll see later, we made a really good run today! Now to the round. I hit range balls beforehand, and from my very first shot (a striped 8I), I could tell today was going to be a good day. Good shot after good shot on the range, and I was building confidence with each one. After putting for about 20 minutes, and hitting some really good putts, I was ready. I’ll do a hole by hole analysis. Yardages from the tees we played, but the fourth hole, a 478-yard par 5, was played from the red tees, and we made it a 345-yard par 4. Here we g
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