I was hoping to give a weekly update with score cards and highlights of each round. Unfortunately life took over and I find myself only able to post this summary of the 2022 season.
So here is the quick list of events that I played in along with my results.
4th event held at Ravisloe CC on 6/18/2022 D flight - overall finished in 7th place out of 11 with a score of 99, 10 shots off the lead. Highlight is I birdied a hole for a skin.
5th event at Big Run GC on 7/2/2022 D flight - overall finished in 6th place out of 13 with a score of 96, 9 shots off the lead. I won 1 skin in this round.
The 6th and 7th events were the mid-season Major held on 7/16 and 7/17 2022.
6th event at Sheperd's Crook on 7/16/2022 D flight - I completed the first day in 6 place out of 9 with a score of 100, 14 strokes off the lead.
7th event at Thunderhawk Golf Club D flight - second day I tied for low round of the day with a 96, but finished in 6th place out of 9, 13 strokes off the lead with a 2 day total of 196.
8th event at Prairie Landing on 7/30/2022 D flight - I shot a 97 which was 6 shots off the lead. I finished in 5th place out of 8.
9th event held at White Deer Run Golf Club on 8/13/2022 D flight - I finished in 7th place out of 9 with a score of 104, I did birdie one hole for a skin.
10th event held at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club on 8/27/2022 D flight I finished in 6th place out of 11 with a score of 96, 9 strokes off the lead, I birdied 1 hole and won a total of 3 skins. After the front nine I was only 2 strokes off the lead with a 46, but I could not keep the momentum for the full round.
11th event held at Bowes Creek Country Club on 9/10/2022 D flight - I finished in 5th place out of 8 with a score of 102 which was 11 strokes off the lead.
12th event held at Village Links of Glen Ellyn - Final event of the regular season. D flight - I finished in 2nd place out of 7 with a total of 96 which was 6 shots off the lead. I won 1 skin and took home the second place prize money of $100.00
Overall I finished the season in 5th place overall in points out of 17 total players in D flight.
With that finish I was invited to play in the Chicago Senior Amateur Tour Match Play event held at Harborside. I was seeded in 4th with a total of 8 players. The format was 3 nine hole matches. In the first match I was paired against the 5th seed, I stated strong and after 4 holes I was 4-up. Only needing to win one more hole I ended up losing 3 holes in a row starting the 8th hole I was 1-up. I finally broke the losing streak and won the 8th hole to finish 2 and 1. In the second match I was paired against the number 1 seed. I held close through 4 holes I was only 1-down, then I started my slide and by the 6th hole the match was "Dormie" and with the tie-breaker going to the highest seed, I conceded the match. The last match for me was in the consolation bracket where I won 3 and 2.
My overall 5th place finish in the Chicago tour ended up qualifying me for the 2022 Senior National Championship held down at Hilton Head on October 19-20 in D flight there was a total of 81 total players.
I played 2 courses Arthur Hills at Palmetto Dunes and Oyster Reef Golf Club
On the first day I shot a 104 which put me in a tie for 23rd place, I felt confident going into the second round as I had shot a 96 in a practice round on the Oyster Reef course where I hit 10/14 fairways . Unfortunately my driving in the second round left me with some challenging 2nd shots and I only hit 6 out of 14 fairways and I finished with a 106 for a 2 day total of 210 which I was tied for 57th place.
In my first year playing organized tournament golf I had a blast. I exceeded my expectations and showed improvement in my scoring relative to my tour. I ended up winning a good number of skins and placed in the money in 1 tournament and qualified for the season end match play and the Nationals. I met new friends and will be playing again in 2023.
For anyone who thinks their game is not good enough and needs to practice more before joining a local tour, just get out there and start competing it is the only way to see how you hold up under pressure.