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On 5/15/2019 at 10:06 AM, jacustomgolf said:

So a good story here.  I got home that night and my daughter (6) asked me what was wrong.  I said I didn't play well in my tournament and that golf wasn't fun at the moment.  She said that's silly.  I asked her what she meant.  She said there are 5 rules.  I said ok and she said the following. 

1. always have fun.

2. golf is fun dad

3. never give up

4. smile (that one got me)

5. always have a bourbon after the round.

That made me feel good that my daughter gets the game is fun, and understands that dad enjoys it, and I think she does as well.  

 

I hit some balls yesterday afternoon and will again today.  The swing was just a touch off which under pressure just compounded.  I have 3 weeks to get some confidence back and I am sure i will. 

There is your mantra, for your next tournament, write those rules down and put it into your yardage book.  If you hit a bad shot or start to feel a bit upset with your play, flip to your rules!  Your daughter speaks the truth and if we could all look through the eyes of a child...

 

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19 hours ago, ballplayer002003 said:

There is your mantra, for your next tournament, write those rules down and put it into your yardage book.  If you hit a bad shot or start to feel a bit upset with your play, flip to your rules!  Your daughter speaks the truth and if we could all look through the eyes of a child...

 

I think that is the key.  Look at it like a child.  You do it because it is fun.  Let it be fun and the good will come out. 

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19 hours ago, jacustomgolf said:

I think that is the key.  Look at it like a child.  You do it because it is fun.  Let it be fun and the good will come out. 

Absolutely a great attitude to take into your game. 

I used to get frustrated with bad golf, even though the quality of my game didn't really justify it. Over the years I've seen some truly horrible things through my work, and now when I start to get frustrated on course (or at the moment when I'm physically not capable of playing) I take what I call a "perspective pill" .

Bad golf is a luxury compared to some of things I see people going through.

 

Good luck with the rest of your season, relax, have fun, and most of all, listen to your very wise daughter.

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Back into the swing of things.  Tomorrow starts a good 2 week run for me.  I have the CDGA Amateur qualifier tomorrow following by a local 2 day event this weekend.  The another local stoke play event fathers day weekend and the Illinois State Amateur qualifier to finish on the 19th.  My swing I fell is slowly getting better and we will see what happens.  I am going in with a one hole at a time attitude.  Pars are never bad.  

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3 hours ago, jacustomgolf said:

Back into the swing of things.  Tomorrow starts a good 2 week run for me.  I have the CDGA Amateur qualifier tomorrow following by a local 2 day event this weekend.  The another local stoke play event fathers day weekend and the Illinois State Amateur qualifier to finish on the 19th.  My swing I fell is slowly getting better and we will see what happens.  I am going in with a one hole at a time attitude.  Pars are never bad.  

You got this!!

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3 hours ago, jacustomgolf said:

Back into the swing of things.  Tomorrow starts a good 2 week run for me.  I have the CDGA Amateur qualifier tomorrow following by a local 2 day event this weekend.  The another local stoke play event fathers day weekend and the Illinois State Amateur qualifier to finish on the 19th.  My swing I fell is slowly getting better and we will see what happens.  I am going in with a one hole at a time attitude.  Pars are never bad.  

Have more fun than everybody else out there!

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Yesterday went better than I thought it might.  I shot a 73 (+1) good enough to finish solo 6th and qualify for the CDGA Amateur June 24 - 27.  The round yesterday started off rougher than I wanted but I was able to straighten out things and finish strong.  The course was in very good shape and the greens were very firm (this was surprising as wet as it has been).  My golf swing is still somewhere in outer-space but I was able to get up and down 6 times and chipped in for eagle once so that saved me.   The driver is on as of right now.  The irons I still am missing left with some very good swings and some very poor ones.   

 

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I have another event this weekend and I am looking forward to it as I have played this course multiple times and won here before. 

 

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1 hour ago, jacustomgolf said:

Yesterday went better than I thought it might.  I shot a 73 (+1) good enough to finish solo 6th and qualify for the CDGA Amateur June 24 - 27.  The round yesterday started off rougher than I wanted but I was able to straighten out things and finish strong.  The course was in very good shape and the greens were very firm (this was surprising as wet as it has been).  My golf swing is still somewhere in outer-space but I was able to get up and down 6 times and chipped in for eagle once so that saved me.   The driver is on as of right now.  The irons I still am missing left with some very good swings and some very poor ones.   

 

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I have another event this weekend and I am looking forward to it as I have played this course multiple times and won here before. 

 

Well done. A mark of a great player is being able to shoot a score without their best. Great Job!

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Back at it again tomorrow.  I tee off at 9:18 in a local stroke play event.  Swing is getting close, hopefully the rain holds off.  If not I have a rain suit that will keep me dry 😉

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3 hours ago, jacustomgolf said:

Back at it again tomorrow.  I tee off at 9:18 in a local stroke play event.  Swing is getting close, hopefully the rain holds off.  If not I have a rain suit that will keep me dry 😉

Best of luck!  If it rains, be the most positive player.  Many players can't handle adverse conditions.

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The weather held off this weekend and it was actually a lot warmer than they thought it would be.  Both days were in the mid 80's and Saturday had more wind than Sunday.  It was not my best tournament but it was not bad either.  My swing is still not 100% where I want it.  The event was at Lake of the Woods golf course in Mahomet, IL.  It is a county parks course that has had trouble in the last few years, but they are making the correct changes and I thought the course played well.  The greens were firm but putted very nicely.  

Saturday's round I shot a 71 (-1) from the white tee's to finish the day in 3rd place 3 shots out of the lead.  I had a good feeling going into Sunday that I could make that up and be around on the back 9 Sunday for a shot to win.  

Sunday's round I could not have started better.  2 pars and I was one back of the lead after 2 holes.  I would not get any closer until the 18th hole.  It was a very up and down round for me.  More downs than ups unfortunately.  The 5th hole a short 350 yard par 4 I hit my drive into a hazard to make a bogey.  The 7th hole I made the decision that cost me the tournament and hit driver into the junk leading to a double.  After the front 9 I was back down 3, right where I started the day.   The back 9 started well.  A birdie on 10 to stay 3 back, 11 a poor bogey put me 4 back where I would stay until the 15th hole.  The 15th is a par 5 that is reachable with a good tee shot.  I pulled mine slightly into the left rough and was forced to lay up.  The leader miss judged his lay up and was in a hazard.  I hit my wedge to 10' and had a great look a birdie. I just missed that put but made par and the leader made double.  Down 2 with 3 to play.  I have a chance at this point.  There are 3 of us within 2 shots at this point all in the same group.  All 3 of us miss make-able birdie putts on 16.  Onto 17, a 240 yard par 3.  I missed the green just left in a good spot.  My competitors, one is on the other in a bunker.  I lip out my birdie chip and have a tap in par.  The leader makes bogey and I am 1 back of both of them going into 18.  We all hit good drives on 18 and I have 110 yards in.  I hit what I thought was a good shot to an elevated green, but it rolled out to 30' behind the hole.  Both of them have 20' birdie putts.  I gave my putt too much respect and missed it.  I ended up missing the comeback putt as well, but it didn't do any damage to my finishing spot.  I ended up 3rd by 2 shot.  A good friend of mine ended up tied and lost in the play off.  

It was fun coming down the stretch with a chance.  I wish I would have played more of my game.  I went into Sunday knowing 73 would win.  If I would have just kept that mentality on the front 9 I think I would have been fine.  But that is why we play.  Even though I have won my share of events it is somehow different every time you are in that situation.  It is always fun and we have another 2 day event next weekend.  A little work on the swing this week and I will be in a good spot.  

 

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Back at it again this weekend.  We have the University of Illinois Open at the Orange Course Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday I tee off at 9:00 AM.  50% chance of rain each day but we should get both rounds in.  I have played well at this course in the past qualifying for the Illinois Amateur here twice with rounds of 70 & 71 (-3 total).  I am looking forward to this weekend as I do know the course and I know I can score on it.  Stay tuned. 

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This weekend was the U of I Open held at the Orange Course here in Savoy, IL.  Saturdays round was rained out and we got to play 36 holes on Fathers day.  We got about 1.5" of rain on Saturday so we played the ball up on Sunday as the course was still very wet.  With this everyone knew scores would be low.  This course usually plays very firm and fast and to play it soft it was a different animal.  My first round I ended up shooting a 72.  I was disappointed with this as I left 3 or 4 strokes on the course but I never really had to work for any pars either.  I ended up being 4 back after the first 18 and almost didn't make the Championship flight, but did on the number. 

 

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The second round started out well with a birdie on the 8th hole (my starting hole).  I added a couple more and was -3 through 11.  I missed a short birdie put on the 18th hole (my 11th) to stay at -3.  I birdied the following hole to get it to -4 and thinking if I could get 2 more I might have a chance.  That was not to be.  A poor shot on my 13th hole (par 3 2nd) led to a bogey and that is where I finished the round.  69 in a tournament is never bad.  I ended up tied for 4th.  The winner shot 70-63 to run away by 7.  We all knew that round was out there and it is fun to watch someone shoot that number.  

 

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I am starting to like this course as my last 4 competitive rounds here are all par or better (70, 71, 72, 69).  My next event is Wednesday in the Illinois State Amateur Qualifier.  Hopefully we can keep playing like this. 

 

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What a busy week.  Wednesday was my qualifier for the Illinois State Amateur.  It did not go as planned but I did not hit the ball bad. One really bad break and 2 poor swings.  We had 2 rain delays in the round and after teeing off at 8:40 we finished the round at 3:30.  I opened the day with a birdie and was off to a good start.  A 3 putt par on the 2nd hole for me and I was not happy but pars are never bad.  I made my first mistake on the 5th hole of the day with a poor wedge from 122 yards leading to a bogey.  I was even through 8 when the rains came and we stopped play.  After an hour and a half delay we went back out.  My 9th hole (the 18th on the course). is a dog leg right par 4 with power lines running in front of the green.  I hit a good drive up the right hand side and even though I couldn't see the flag I had a good look.  I hit a good shot or so I thought. It hit the power lines and came up 30 yards short.  We played the power lines as part of the course which I have never heard of but oh well.  It led to another bogey.  Another rain delay after the 10th hole.  After that rain delay I came out and went bogey, bogey.  And that is where my day ended.  +3.  I the ball well but did not score.  

 

I have the CDGA Amateur starting on Monday.  I am really looking forward to this event as it is on a course that I really like and enjoy.  I will post a link Monday morning that will have live scoring. You can go here and read about the event.

 https://www.cdga.org/event.asp?cmd=ev&id=5&evid=1872&qevid=0&rpage=event.asp

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37 minutes ago, jacustomgolf said:

What a busy week.  Wednesday was my qualifier for the Illinois State Amateur.  It did not go as planned but I did not hit the ball bad. One really bad break and 2 poor swings.  We had 2 rain delays in the round and after teeing off at 8:40 we finished the round at 3:30.  I opened the day with a birdie and was off to a good start.  A 3 putt par on the 2nd hole for me and I was not happy but pars are never bad.  I made my first mistake on the 5th hole of the day with a poor wedge from 122 yards leading to a bogey.  I was even through 8 when the rains came and we stopped play.  After an hour and a half delay we went back out.  My 9th hole (the 18th on the course). is a dog leg right par 4 with power lines running in front of the green.  I hit a good drive up the right hand side and even though I couldn't see the flag I had a good look.  I hit a good shot or so I thought. It hit the power lines and came up 30 yards short.  We played the power lines as part of the course which I have never heard of but oh well.  It led to another bogey.  Another rain delay after the 10th hole.  After that rain delay I came out and went bogey, bogey.  And that is where my day ended.  +3.  I the ball well but did not score.  

 

I have the CDGA Amateur starting on Monday.  I am really looking forward to this event as it is on a course that I really like and enjoy.  I will post a link Monday morning that will have live scoring. You can go here and read about the event.

 https://www.cdga.org/event.asp?cmd=ev&id=5&evid=1872&qevid=0&rpage=event.asp

What?? Power lines as part of the course. That’s insane!

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34 minutes ago, THEZIPR23 said:

What?? Power lines as part of the course. That’s insane!

Yeah...my understanding on those is that if you hit a line, that you'd be allowed another shot from the original position without penalty. One of our courses here has lines that obstruct the ball path into the 18th green. I actually did hit one on the approach shot that was actually a great flight and was probably going to hit the green, but center-punched the line and dropped straight down 100-yds in front of the green. I was allowed another shot from the original spot w/o a stroke and then (naturally) hit that one side-ways and missed the green... Of course we were not in a tournament. Must be a local rule then?

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A local course around here has power lines that come into play on the tee shot of the first hole. There's a local rule (printed on the card, used in tournaments as well) that you replay with no penalty if you hit the lines. 

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The only rule I have seen is that you MUST replay it. No choice. 

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2 minutes ago, THEZIPR23 said:

The only rule I have seen is that you MUST replay it. No choice. 

That's what I figured and heard myself. Odd that they have a differing rule...bummer too...

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