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  1. 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.

    I pretty much coasted for the next six holes, and when we got to the ninth tee I was five over, but I still led by one. When my coach told me that, it turned into Choke City. I was 100 out after two shots, and a par would seal at least a tie. Then I hit my third into a bunker, took two to get out, and then three putted for a triple bogey. I had shot 44, earning me a third-place finish and a two-stroke deficit. Not a good way to end, but some good golf was to come.

    SATURDAY: The coach treated us to a weekend at the beach before regionals (we went down Friday afternoon and left Sunday morning) and we played a nice course while we were there. It wasn’t that hard a course, but I still shot 99. Not a great round, but I was putting reasonably well and hitting some huge drives (I think I hit four tee shots 270 or longer). 

    I told my coach afterward that I hit probably every mishit possible: I chunked shots, thinned em, shanked em, pulled em, pushed em. Topping was the only one I don’t recall hitting, but it was super inconsistent.

    SUNDAY: We went to Keith Hills on Sunday morning for our practice round. We hit our tee shots and approaches to the pin locations there, but then we picked up our balls and chipped and putted to where we imagined the holes would be cut Monday.

    I hit the ball pretty well on those holes, and the highlight was where I dropped a ball around the 140-yard mark and hit a 9I to two feet. 

    We did have seven holes, however, where we kept score and played like it was the actual tournament. Holes 6-9 was a tough stretch, but I went +4 there, so I was fairly pleased with that. 

    On the back, we kept score on holes 14-16, and I made an eight on the par-3 14th after having bunker trouble. On the 15th I made a double after hitting my second shot OB and making a nice up-and-down. The 16th is a short par 4, around 330 from the tips. It was downhill and downwind, and the course was firm, so I was able to get my tee shot pretty close to the green. Up-and-down for birdie!

    I’ll go more in-depth about the tournament in my blog later today, and it will probably be my last post there.

  2. 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. 
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    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 a difficult golf course off the blue tees. And I putted well except for one hole. It was definitely a good day! 

     

  3. 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 down after only two holes. I rallied to tie the match going to the last, then we tied the ninth hole and I won in a puttoff.

    I also had a near-comeback on virtual golf, so I figured I’d share it here as well😃.

    In one tournament on a pretty easy course, I was -9 going into the fourth round and nine strokes back, dead and buried. But I made two eagles in the final round, shot a twelve-under 59 and finished only a shot back.

  4. 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. There was also a little bit of gambling going!

    The 13th hole is a long and narrow par 4. I almost never hit driver there and I just play to make bogey. One of my buddies, seeing me pull out my three wood, laid a bet. He said if I made a five after hitting the three wood off the tee, he’d give me $5. If I somehow made par, he’d give me $20. I pushed my tee shot a bit right but hit two solid shots onto the green, albeit about 30 feet out and with a lightning-fast downhill putt. I hit a good putt but watched it roll six feet past the hole. Barely missed the follow up putt for bogey and $5.

    We’re playing Falls Village tomorrow, so expect to hear from me again!

  5. 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 putt on the second hole (about 12ft), but none of us could convert. Then I used my tee buster on the fourth hole, but I didn’t take advantage. We still made birdie to get into red figures, then we made birdie on the tough fifth after the coach’s daughter (on our team) used her tee buster to get within 100 yards and I hit a beautiful sand wedge to two feet.

    We also birdied the sixth hole, but made par on the seventh. We were three under at this point, and figured we needed to go birdie-eagle (two threes) to have a chance. We made our three on the eighth hole after the last guy to putt made a twelve-footer to avoid using one of our mulligans. We were in good shape on the last hole, because we still had a tee buster and three mulligans. We took full advantage, and we set up a three-footer for eagle, but it was slippery. We all missed it the first time, and then I used my mulligan to roll it in.

    We finished six under (30) and found out the coaches finished seven under (29). The team behind us also finished at seven under, but we went to the tenth hole for a “playoff”. Both teams made par on the short par 5. So we agreed that my brother and I would have a puttoff.

    We both two putted the first three holes, then I said, “Screw it.” and I plopped my ball about four feet from the hole, intending to drill mine to put pressure on my brother. I made, he missed.

    Just a fun day of golf!

  6. 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 watched it miss on the low side and slide six feet past the hole. I missed that one too, and tapped in for a seven. Not a big deal, but then came The Rot. Par for the next four holes was 17, I played em in 26. Then I parred the tough 18th for a 50 on the back and a 96 total.

    Not awful, but given where I stood after twelve holes it’s not that good either. Really I only had one bad hole, a nine on the 15th, but it was still disappointing. Good news: we’re doing a scramble in practice today for kind of a fun day, so I’ll post back here tonight about that!

  7. Here’s another scorecard that I really like. Croasdaile Country Club. They just got new scorecards two weeks ago, so here it is!

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    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 much. “USGA Rules Govern All Play” is on 99% of the cards I’ve seen, so unnecessary. I do like that they’ve recently rated the Blue/White and Blue tees for women, which wasn’t on the other card. Red tees weren’t rated for men either.

    Overall, a pretty good card. I’ll give it a 7.5.

  8. 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 on the last four holes to stay under 100, with pars on the last two difficult holes. 

    I honestly hit the ball well, but when I missed it was in all the wrong places. I couldn’t get a bounce to save my life. But as I’ve said, I want to have one thing I’m proud of in the round even if everything else is trash, so here it is:

    I parred the tough par-4 15th. Hit a nice 5W to the middle of the fairway, then I hit a nice 9I onto the green and two-putted, and I nearly made the birdie putt.

    So there’s my round from Tuesday, now to Wednesday!

    Wednesday: I decided to switch it up a bit and play Hillandale. After the first two holes, it looked like another near-100 round, because I four-putted the first hole for double and made a nine on the second hole. I played well on the rest of the front except for one hole and shot a 50. Two pars were in the mix, both of which could’ve easily been bogeys due to long birdie putts.

    But on the back nine, I found my game again after 27 holes of mediocre-at-best golf. A streak of solid bogeys from the tenth to fourteenth holes put me in a good position to close. And I did...sort of. I parred the next three holes, meaning I could still shoot a 90 with a birdie on the par-5 18th. I was just short of the green in three after a duffed second, and then I duffed the chip. Chipped on from there and two-putted for a double. Despite the closing double, I still shot 43 on the back for a 93 total. I’ll take it!

    I just recently started working weekends at Croasdaile Country Club, and I get one 18-hole round every three or so shifts. This weekend will mark four shifts, so I’m hoping to get out there one day next week!

  9. 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 for both of us! I’m hoping to get out for 18 Wednesday morning because there’s a chance for isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon.

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  10. 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 go fishing through the whole bag to find one club.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 below average day, these numbers can go up or down, but that’s my typical stat.

    •If I hit the green, I’ll usually two- or three-putt. One-putts are much more common for me when I miss the green because the shot that puts me on is usually a short chip or pitch.

    •If I miss the green with a nGIR, which is what usually happens, I’ll hit on and two-putt.

  13. My brother and I played nine holes before practice yesterday. I played pretty well except for one hole: seven bogeys, a par on the sixth hole, and a triple on the fourth hole after I pulled my second shot OB. That means a 46. Not really that bad, especially with a triple.

    I didn’t keep my brother’s score, but he did par a hole where I bogeyed: we had identical chip shots on the seventh hole, he hit it to about ten feet and I was probably half that away. He made it, I missed.

    I hit it pretty well too, and I’m really looking forward to our match this afternoon!

  14. I’ve decided to do another one. This course was the first course I could consider my “home” course. Lake Winds Golf Course is an extremely short course, as you’ll see from the scorecard. (please ignore the scores 😂) When I play this course now, I’ll alternate between the blues and whites. 
     

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    Don’t be fooled by the course’s yardage! It’s kind of a tough layout with smallish greens and thick rough, and a slight mishit can cost you dearly on some holes. On to the hole by hole!

    No. 1: A nice start to the round. With the hole playing downhill, a solid tee shot will leave you with a short iron approach, but missing long or right on your approach is a big no-no.

    No. 2: A shorter hole than the first, but this one is tougher. The first of eight holes with water in play, a pond sits off to the right about 230 out from the blue tees, so a fairway wood off the tee is best. The approach plays about a half club farther due to an elevated green. 

    No. 3: The first of four fantastic par threes, and another one that plays over water. Fly it all the way there, because any shot landing short of this green will not bounce up.

    No. 4: Probably the toughest driving hole on the course. You’re hitting out of a sort of chute, and while it widens out at about the 150 marker, you can be intimidated by how it feels on the tee. The green is much wider than it is deep, so it can be tough to hold the green.

    No. 5: An ultra short par 5, barely clearing 400 from the whites. The catch is that every inch of this hole is uphill, so it’ll play much longer, but it’s still reachable. The green is one of the most sloped on the course, so be mindful of that when deciding whether to go for it in two.

    No. 6: Another par 5, and while it’s actually a decent yardage, it descends the same steep hill that the fifth hole ascends, which makes for an awesome view. Sprayers of the ball beware, this hole can eat you alive. If you hit the fairway here, you have a very good chance for birdie.

    No. 7: Probably my favorite hole here.  This is a short par 3 that’s pretty much hit the green or bust. Short or left is wet, long is an almost impossible downhill chip back towards the water. You have a chance if you go right, but that’s the only acceptable miss.

    No. 8: Although this is the longest par 4 on the course, it’s not that hard a hole. Just a gentle dogleg to the right that doesn’t have any real trouble. The green is actually pretty benign.

    No. 9: This is a tough uphill hole to finish the front. Trees overhang the left side of the tee box, so the ideal play is a draw. If you hit a good drive, you have a short to mid iron into the green guarded by two bunkers in the front.

    No. 10: The first hole on the tougher back nine is a par 4 that barely tops 300 from the blues and a downhill dogleg right, and the green on this hole can be driven by longer hitters. However, trees await if you mishit it. The best play is a fairway woods or long iron off the tee and a wedge in. 

    No. 11: Despite being a short par 5, this can only be reached by the longest of hitters. Why? The hole doglegs left around the 150 marker, so you need an ultra long drive to get to the corner. Again, a layup is the smart play here. The green is one of the toughest here, sloping severely back to front.

    No. 12: This begins Lake Winds’ version of Amen Corner. The first hole in the stretch is a long par 4 where the fairway is pinched by a water hazard about 240 out from the blue tees. If you manage to hit the fairway, you still have a mid or long iron into a green guarded by a bunker in front. Five is nothing to be ashamed of here.

    No. 13: Probably my least favorite hole. Not a long par 4 at all, but the approach, which will likely be around the 120-130 yard mark, plays about a full club uphill to another severely back to front sloping green. If you go long, good luck.

    No. 14: You’d think this is an easy hole, measuring a measly 107 from the back tees. You’d be wrong. Although the only par 3 without water in play, this hole is adjacent to the fifth hole, which means it climbs the same hill. The green is also small and it slopes severely right to left, so it’s tough to stick one close. Be very happy with par here.

    No. 15: Another somewhat difficult hole. This one goes all the way down the hill that 14 went up, and with a severe dogleg left, this is another drivable par 4, but only with a perfect tee shot. Water guards mishit efforts 50 yards short, and your approach is hit off a downhill lie.

    No. 16: Obviously the longest of the par 3s, this one features an all carry approach over a pond to a shallow green. Another hole where par is a good score.

    No. 17: The last two holes can easily produce birdies, but also bogeys and doubles and worse. This one is a fun short par 5 that can be reachable, but your second will need to be hit high and land soft. Like 16, any shot coming up short is likely wet, and OB is about five paces off the back of the green. 

    No. 18: The closing hole is yet another drivable par 4, but again there’s a challenge. To drive the green here, you must carry your tee shot about 250 yards over a pond, and it needs to land soft. It’s possible, because I’ve witnessed it (my dad did it when I was 14, and it’s also the only time I’ve seen him try it). 

    There you go! Although the back nine is a good bit shorter than the front, it is believed to be the tougher side, requiring you to be in better position off the tee. Although I love the layout, I don’t play here often because the course is very poorly maintained. If it was in better shape, you better believe I’d be playing here more often. Probably a 1 or 2 on the Doak scale, was likely a 4 when it was in better shape. Definitely one of my favorite tracks in the area.

  15. I’m going to start this topic up again by describing my backyard course, which I believe I’ve mentioned before. We have a decent amount of land (~10 acres), But we have to use foam practice balls on the course. Working together, my dad and I have been able to build three greens: one ‘central’ green and two others. I’ve got an 18 hole course, 13 of which go to the central green.

    My second green has three of the other holes, and my third green, which is in a secluded corner of the property, has the final two holes. The greens are just AstroTurf that we bought at a hardware store, and they’re not all that big (probably 100 sq ft at most). 

    Now for the course! As I said, it’s an 18 hole layout with Pinehurst-style “crowned” greens, so it’s very difficult to hold them. The course record is currently an even-par 70. I have five par 3s and three par 5s. Hole-by-hole:

    No. 1, Par 4 “Road”: A pretty easy start, but your tee shot needs to be slightly right of center to have the best angle into the green.

    No. 2, Par 3 “Short Forest”: One of several holes where you tee off in the woods. This hole goes over the driveway, on the other side of which is the green. One of the toughest holes on the front.

    No. 3, Par 4 “Angle”: The first of the three holes that goes to my second green. You’re teeing off from an interesting angle, and you need to dial in the distance on your tee shot, or you won’t have a good shot in.

    No. 4, Par 4 “Chance”: A tough hole, but a fun one. You basically have three options; safe, semi-aggressive or aggressive. Either of the first two options means almost no chance at birdie, so going aggressive is the only way to give yourself a good look. The green is behind some trees, and the aggressive play is the only one that takes them out of the equation.

    No. 5, Par 4 “Roughage”: The first true birdie chance. It’s a drivable par 4, but you need to hit your tee shot over a sliver of rough to get to the green in one. Laying up short of it is the safe play, and you still have a solid chance for birdie.

    No. 6, Par 4 “Slice n’ Dice”: The second hole that goes to my second green. Again, there’s a safe play, but that limits your chance for birdie. The aggressive play, as the name of the hole suggests, is to slice your tee shot. The semi-aggressive route, which is my go-to strategy on this hole, is probably the most fun. As this hole is along the side of the house, you can bank the ball off the house and have it come back to the fairway (now you see why we use foam balls!)

    No. 7, Par 5 “Valley”: Another good shot at birdie. Your tee shot goes down a hill and then back up a hill, which is why the hole is named Valley. Your second shot will also he played from around the fifth tee, one of a few cases where the hole routes overlap.

    No. 8, Par 3 “Valley, Part 2”: The final hole going to my second green, which lies at the bottom of the “valley”. From the tee, it’s tough to hold the green, so the best play is to run it in.

    No. 9, Par 4 “Free Fall”: The only hole on the course that plays significantly downhill. If you hit your tee shot straight, you’ll have a short chip or pitch into this hole. Stray the slightest bit, however, and par is all of a sudden an excellent score.

    No. 10, Par 4 “Risk”: This is another drivable par 4, but you need to hit it perfectly to have a chance. This hole plays steeply uphill and has a sharp dogleg to the left that goes to my third green. If you take the risk, the reward is a birdie or even an eagle. The risk is a bogey if you miss, because trees do their best to keep you from making the green.

    No. 11, Par 3 “Short”: Another good birdie opportunity. Not much to say here, as it’s the shortest hole on the course and just requires a short pitch. 

    No. 12, Par 5 “Long Forest”: Probably my favorite hole on the course. Trees guard the left side, so the play is a slight draw. Then the hole doglegs right and the trees in front of the green come into play again. Two well-placed shots provide an excellent birdie chance.

    No. 13, Par 3 “Redan”: This was kind of a surprise. When I designed this one, I didn’t realize it looked exactly like the template hole. The only difference is instead of a bunker, there’s our man-made well guarding front left. But a spectacular hole, and definitely my favorite of the five par 3s.

    No. 14, Par 4 “Way Back”: The first of five very tough finishing holes, so I’ve put the birdie opportunities early on the back nine for a reason. This one brings the driveway very much into play, and you need two extremely accurate shots, or else you’ll have a tough time making par. A five here feels like a par.

    No. 15, Par 4 “Up & Over”: The easiest of the last five holes, but still no pushover. As long as you hit a solid tee shot, you’ll clear the corner of the dogleg and have a good shot in. But coming up short almost guarantees bogey since trees punish weak tee shots.

    No. 16, Par 3 “Bermuda”: This one plays slightly downhill, but it doesn’t help much. Like the 8th hole, the best play is to run it in.

    No. 17, Par 5 “Alps”: Easily my signature hole, this was a par 6 when I first designed this course. It starts at the very bottom of the driveway, and winds up it, making for a very difficult first two shots. Like the 14th hole, your first two shots need to be dead accurate. If either one is off, your chance for par is out the window. Very few birdies are made here.

    No. 18, Par 4 “Victory Lap”: The final hole goes to my secluded third green. Not near as difficult as the 14th and 17th holes, but still a challenge. Your tee ball needs to slightly cut the corner over the house, but you can take a direct line and go all out. If you take that route and succeed, a birdie is likely.

    So there ya go! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come into the final few holes under par but failed to stay there. In fact, I think when I shot the record score of even par (70), I was two under going into the last five holes. Never played that stretch under par, but I have gone even. Hope you enjoyed!

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  16. 41 minutes ago, StuM said:

    Would you rather #37

    Golf on a day over 100 degrees (38c) with no breeze and you sweat profusely just sitting still let alone being active.

    OR

    Golf on a blustery 40 degree (4c) day with wind whipping around giving you wind chill around 35 degrees (2c)

    No Fence sitting, which would you RATHER do?

    I’d much rather be hot than cold. I’ll take the 100 degree weather. If I’m cold, I’ll lose all feeling in my hands, making it difficult to comfortably hold the club.

  17. Last week I birdied the par-5 fourth hole. 5W to the middle of the fairway, 6I layup, and a 9I to about six feet. A good hole to birdie, because for me, it’s one of the tougher holes on the front.

  18. I played the back nine earlier this week and ran into a threesome on the 12th tee that was part of a Monday afternoon scramble league at my home club. Teeing off on number 10 a little before 5:15, I reached the 12th tee about 5:30. They were ultra slow on the greens, and I didn’t finish until about 7:30, taking about two hours to play the last seven holes.

    I think a large part of it was that after holing out, one of the guys would hit several extra putts while the other two guys got in their carts and drove to the next tee. He did that on a lot of the holes (I counted five out of the last seven holes where he did it), and doing that kind of thing over several holes can really add up.

  19. I played nine holes, and I had an unbelievable start: 4-4-4-4-4. One bogey, one birdie. Even through five, and I lipped out a 15-footer for birdie on the fifth. But my momentum was halted after I took two to get out of a bunker on the sixth and then three-putted. 

    I had about a one-footer to save bogey on the seventh, and it caught the edge and spun out. Up and down for par on the eighth hole, and a three-putt for bogey on the last hole gave me a 42 total, which is a pretty good day’s work for me. I did have three three-putts, and they all came on the last four holes. So I should’ve shot 39 or even a 38, but I’m not at all disappointed with a 42. I hit the ball well, so I’m happy.

  20. I played 12 holes yesterday.

    The first three holes were in practice: we played holes 10, 11 and 18 (they’re aerating the front nine this week), and I went bogey-par-bogey, the par after a chunked approach and a beautiful 50-yard pitch and run that died about three feet out.

    Then I went back and played the back nine again and shot a sloppy 48. Despite a triple on 13 (three putt from below the hole 😑), I was +5 thru 15, having made a nice up-and-down par on 15, but I choked the last three holes. I also ran into a slow threesome on the 12th tee, and it took me just under two hours to play the last seven holes after playing the first two in about 15 minutes.

    First conference match is less than a week away!!

  21. Played a new course today that I’ve wanted to play for a while! It’s called Challenge Golf Club, and that pretty much summed up the course. Scorecard below, we played the green tees.

    I shot 48 on the front, going +6 on a four-hole stretch where water was in play on every shot. For some reason, ramming putts six to eight feet past was a theme for this side. The back was better: I shot 43, including a strong finish, even par on the last four holes.

    I shot 91 total, which I was pretty darn happy with. This is mainly a position golf course, so it played longer. Awesome course if you’re in the RDU area!

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  22. Second scrimmage was today, and it was a lot better than Tuesday. Like Tuesday, I started with a triple on the first hole. I bogeyed the second hole, but only after I hit a perfect approach and nailed the bottom of the stick on the fly, my ball spinning off the front of the green. As good as I hit it, it probably would’ve been within five feet had it not hit the stick.

    Being four over at this point, I went two over on the last seven holes and shot 41, a much more satisfying number than my round from Tuesday. Two more highlights from the round:

    •I was sitting three short of the green on the fifth hole, and I managed to hit a good chip to about three feet and I made the putt for bogey.

    •I was on in regulation on the eighth hole, but 50 feet out. Two putted from there.

    Game feels pretty good right now, which I need come Saturday, when I’m going to play a new (to me) golf course.

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