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Everything posted by CarlH

  1. Shot an 80 today. Should have been better, but they just punched the greens and they're heavily sanded. Putting was, to say the least, a challenge for everyone.
  2. Great points. Too many think that after a fit, they'll suddenly become a scratch golfer. Kind of like fad diets....lose the weight without the work.
  3. 38/40 today. 3 birdies today, 2 of them were gross skins and one of them paid both gross and net. Double bogeyed a par 3 when I 3 putted
  4. We had our club's member-member tournament today. 27 holes, 9 best ball, 9 chapman, and 9 scramble. My partner and I didn't fare too well. Not that we played poorly, we just didn't play well. On the best ball, I shot 39 and as a team we scored even par gross and -3 net. The scramble was on the inside 9, by far our toughest 9 holes on the course. We shot even par. On the Chapman, we stunk it up. Maybe because we were getting tired or maybe it was just one of those days, but we ended up shooting 6 over for the 9 holes. Hit some good shots, hit some stinkers.
  5. Finally able to get back on the course after the fire(s) in our area. The air quality is still in the unhealthy region and the smoke very visible, but we have our member-member Saturday and I needed to get in some swing time. Had a double bogey and a birdie on both sides and shot 40/40 for an 80. Not unhappy since I hadn't swung a club in 9 days.
  6. Finally was able to get back on the course. 3 club wind, but darn it...I'm playing. I didn't really keep my score, but looking back, thinking I shot around 80ish. Hit some bombs downwind....and a couple of 138 yard 6 irons...LOL. Fire broke out not far from the club and we could see the billowing smoke. Turned out to be a wildfire about 20 miles away. Still burning, but they have the main fire contained. Meanwhile all southbound exits of I5 north of Ashland are closed, as well as the 2 Ashland northbound exits. Winds were steady 20-35 mph with gusts higher.
  7. A businessman was attending a conference in Africa. He had a free day and wanted to play a round of golf and was directed to a golf course in the nearby jungle. After a short journey, he arrived at the course and asked the pro if he could get on. "Sure," said the pro, "What's your handicap?" Not wanting to admit that he had an 18 handicap, he decided to cut it a bit. "Well, it's 16," said the businessman. "But what's the relevance since I'll be playing alone" "It's very important for us to know," said the pro, who then called a caddy. "Go out with this gentleman," said the pro, "his handicap is 16." The businessman was very surprised at this constant reference to his handicap. The caddy picked up the businessman's bag and a large rifle. Again, the businessman was surprised, but decided to ask no questions. They arrived on the 1st hole, a par-4. "It's wise to avoid those trees on the left," said the caddy. Needless to say, the businessman duck-hooked his ball into the trees. He found his ball and was about to punch it out when he heard the loud crack of the rifle and a large snake fell dead from a tree above his head. The caddy stood next to him with the rifle smoking in his hand. "That's the Black Mamba, the most poisonous snake in all Africa. You're lucky I was here with you." After taking a bogey, they moved to the 2nd hole, a par-5. "Good to avoid those bushes on the right," says the caddy. Of course, the businessman's ball went straight into the bushes. As he went to pick up his ball, he heard the loud crack of the caddy's rifle once again, and a huge lion fell dead at his feet. "I've saved your life again," said the caddy. The 3rd hole was a par-3 with a lake in front of the green. The businessman's ball came up just short of the green and rolled back to the edge of the water. To take a shot, he had to stand with one foot in the lake. As he was about to swing, a large crocodile emerged from the water and bit off much of his right leg. As he fell to the ground bleeding and in great pain, he saw the caddy with the rifle propped at his side, looking on unconcernedly. "Why didn't you kill it" asked the man incredulously. "I'm sorry, sir," said the caddy. "This is the 17th handicap hole. You don't get a shot here." And that, my golfing friends, is why you should never lie about your handicap!
  8. No, severe arthritis in thumb. Both hands have been done. Most recent is a 2nd surgery on the right hand.
  9. At this point in your learning curve, I wouldn't worry too much about what ball to be playing. Play whatever balls you find on the course and the free balls you're getting. for free while you learn to play the game. Honestly, until you're striking the ball somewhat consistently, it won't make a whole heck of a lot of difference whether you're playing a Noodle or a ProV1. It's a lot less painful losing a free ball than one that costs $4.00.
  10. Between my spousal unit recovering from hand surgery and requiring quite a bit of my help and our course hosting the annual Southern Oregon Match Play Championship (which I'm not playing this year), I'm not playing a lot of golf this week and maybe not next week. I'll have to enjoy YOUR rounds....so play well, my anonymous friends!!
  11. You know the old saying "Some guys just can't tell a joke"? The same goes for needling. I play with guys that talk trash all day long, ridicule one another, and poke fun. BUT, when it's obvious that a guy is struggling with something, sometimes it's best to just keep the comments to yourself. Timing is everything.
  12. After reading a few of these comments, I've decided that I don't want to play some of the courses you guys are playing Even our worst kept muni is in better shape than the courses some of you are describing!
  13. 39/39 with a double on the front and a double on the back.
  14. One of my favorite side games is "Insta-cash" The premise is that whoever is closest to the pin on a par 3 (on the green, of course) becomes the player. If he makes par, everyone pays him a dollar on the spot. If he makes birdie, every one pays him $2 immediately. If he 3 putts, he pays everyone $3 on the spot. Of course, anytime we had to play, we'd generally wad the dollar(s) up and throw them at the winner.
  15. The typical pro is going to shoot well on any course they play, regardless of conditions. The typical 10 handicap player, on the other hand, could probably not break 100 playing their course/tees.
  16. Bounce is your friend!
  17. I just can't do it! LOL .... I'm the king of double bogies! Even when I shoot in the 70s, there's at least one double in there. Generally, I can throw a couple of birdies in with the doubles to keep the score respectable, but some days, it's the shaft, not the elevator, for me.
  18. Really had a tough time on the front 9 today. Started off with an opening shot that careened OB right and things didn't get a whole lot better. 45 on the front, 39 on the back. Tempo was off and the ball striking showed just how badly I was off. Unusual for me, but I lost 2 golf balls today -- one was the opening OB and the other dove into a pond after hitting the tree. On the plus side, even though I stunk it up today, I did win a gross and net skin on my only birdie for the day.
  19. Stuck a 9 iron 8 inches from the cup for a tap in birdie.
  20. Double on the front 9, double on the back 9 .... 80
  21. Well, although we took low gross with our 59 in the scramble I mentioned in my last post, we were edged out of the net victory by over 2 strokes. We took 2nd for the flight and our low gross over all 3 flights was meaningless (points). EDIT: Major correction updated in email. We did, indeed, win! Guess the person calculating net scores erred.
  22. Today was our monthly Senior Club Scramble. They set it up with 3 flights, rather than the usual A,B,C,D player scenario, Our group was myself at a 6, another at 1, another at 5 and a 14 handicap player. We had 13 birdies to come in with a gross 59. Seniors only play net games, so we didn't have a lot of handicap and I haven't seen the results yet, but ... who knows.... Anyway, I hit some real stinkers because I was swinging harder than normal (darn scramble mentality) and I hit some really nice shots. My putter was solid and I drained quite a few. All in all, a fun day, regardless of how we fared.
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