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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?


The local scorecard had it as must replay. They told us on the tee we were playing them as part of the course.


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Tomorrow starts the CDGA Amateur. I am really excited for this test of golf. Could be a long week but it will be well worth it.


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5 minutes ago, jacustomgolf said:

Tomorrow starts the CDGA Amateur. I am really excited for this test of golf. Could be a long week but it will be well worth it.


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All the best to you out there! have some fun and kick some tail!

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Well that was a long day.  Yesterday I played in the 100th CDGA Amateur Championship at The Glen Club in Golf, IL.  What a golf course.  It was wet (what course in the mid west isn't), but in very good shape.  I hit the ball with my wedges about as well as I could hope.  Off the tee I struggled early, but found it about 7 holes in.  In hind sight 7 holes to late.  I started my day on the 10th hole.  Routine par and we are on our way.  Next 2 holes bogey, birdie to be even through 3.  Not a bad start.  Then my tee shot on my 4th hole (13th) a par 5 got away from me on the left and was in jail.  I tried to advance the ball as far as I could and that was about 20 yards.  From there I was able to lay up to 100 yards, not bad and still could make par.  I hit what I thought was a good wedge, but it landed maybe a yard to far past the flag and the first hop ended up in the rough.  An aggressive chip and 2 putts later added up to 7.  I gathered myself and hit a good shot on the next hole to 10' and missed the birdie putt but had an easy par.  Another bogie on the next hole and I am now +3 through 6.  I continued to fight my swing, but found it on 18.  I was +4 after 9.  We make the turn to #1 (our 10th).  Good drive, ok iron and then 3 putt, bad lip out.  Par our 11th hole.  Drive on my 12th hole 450 yards was the best so far.  Had 144 in, Good wedge and another 3 putt, bad lip out again.  I am now +6 through 12.  I knew I was hitting the ball well and that the putts would start to fall.  2 pars in a row with make able birdie putts and I am feeling better.  Onto our 15th hole, a big par 5.  I hit an ok tee shot up the right.  5 iron lay up to 89 yards.  2nd best shot of the day, a 60* to 18" and a kick in birdie.   3 pars to finish the round and I am at +5 (77).   Not my best at all.  But I know I am hitting the ball well.  

 

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The 2nd round we start on the front.  In the rain.  A good tee shot, 7 iron to 8' and a good putt and we are off with a birdie.  2 pars in a row and onto the 4th.  A drive up the right, a good wedge and a 15' birdie putt and we are now -2 on the round through 4.  Starting to come back.  A par on the 5th and onto the 6th.  Worst drive of the afternoon.  Pulled it left, but was able to get a punch 5 iron to 130 yards out.  From there I hit the best shot of my day to inside a foot and a kick in to go to -3 through 6 (+2 over all).  I finish the front with 3 pars and a smooth 33 (-3, +2 overall).  Onto the 10th, a solid drive, decent iron to 30' and finally a long putt falls, -4 through 10.  Two more pars and we are -4 through 12 (+1 over all).  

Side story, we were reporting our scores every 3 holes so it was semi live scoring.  The gentleman taking our scores looks at mine and told me at the time I had the round of the afternoon going and was right on the number for the cut. (I didn't really want to know). 

I pared the 13th and felt good.  A poor iron shot on the par 3 14th led to a bogey and a stretch of poor shots.  A bad wedge on 15 and a 3 putt on 16 took me out of the tournament.  We had a rain delay on the 17th for 90 mins.  I come back out par 17 and finish strong with a birdie on 18.  -2 (70) for the round.  +3 for the tournament (147).  2 shots out of match play.  

 

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The afternoon round only 4 people shot lower.   I had a stretch of 19 holes spanning both rounds where I didn't make a bogey and played those 19 holes in -5.  If I play holes 13-17 on the back 9 both times better I would have qualified for match play.  It was a long day, but I really was happy how I hit the ball after the first 6 holes.  

 

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My next tournament is not until July 24th.  Which is the qualifier for the Illinois State Mid-Amateur.  It will be nice to have a couple of weeks off after a busy June.  

 

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After almost a month off from tournament golf we are back at it on Wednesday with the Illinois State Mid-Amateur qualifier.  5 spots and ties get in.  I am playing a practice round on Sunday and will post some updates then.  

This starts the final push to my summer events as its hard to believe summer is half over. 

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Well I have had a good week so far.  Wednesday I qualified for the Illinois State Mid-Amateur at Stone Bridge CC Aug 20-21.  I shot 71 (-1) to finish T-2.  They only took 5 and ties so I was very happy to get out from this site.  The course played shorter than the 7100 on the score card, but was very fair and it had been a while since I had seen the course.  I started the round very smoothly with no bogeys and two birdies on the first 9 holes.  A water ball off the tee on 10 lead to my first bogey, but I bounced right back with a birdie on 11.  All pars till another water ball off the tee on 18 and a bogey on the last to finish at -1.  It would have been very nice to tie for 1st but it was not in the cards.  

 

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I have another event this weekend.  54 holes on 2 different courses.  Saturday we start on my home course Urbana Country Club with 18 hole.  Sunday we move across town to Champaign Country Club for 36 holes.  This will be a grind as it is going to be around 90* both days.  

I also got my [mention=76062]GolfSub70[/mention] 639MB irons in.  7-PW.  I played last night with these and they are awesome.  I will get some more photos of them today and post in their thread my thoughts and the photos.  

 

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Congratulations Josh!

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I had the Twin City Championship this past weekend.  It was played at Urbana Country Club (my home course) 18 holes Saturday and Champaign Country Club 36 holes Sunday.   The first round did not go as I had planned as I hit only 2 fairways all day on my home course.  I managed to get it in at 74 (+2) but was very unhappy with how I played.   Being my home course I really wanted to play well and get off to a better start.  I ended the day 2 shots back from the leaders.  
 
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Sunday was a much better day off of the tee.  The opening 18 I again started poorly and was +2 through 3.  I fought that back to -1 through 11 and stumbled on the 13th hole coming in to shoot an even par 71.  That left me one shot off the lead and in the final group.  I quickly gained the lead with an opening birdie and a double by the leader.  From there I knew what my group was doing but I didn't know what everyone else was doing.  I built a 4 shot lead in my group after 11 holes and was feeling very good.  I played a smart safe round of golf and was 3 up on my group after 17.  Walking to 18 I was asked if I knew where I stood.  I said I knew where I was with my group, but not the field.  I am glad I was asked, turns out there was a 69 that got posted and his total was +5 for the 3 rounds.  I had a 1 shot lead going to 18.  The 18th is a medium length par 5 and I knew I could play safe and get the W.  I hit a perfect drive and had 212 to the flag.  There is OB left and long of the green so I hit a 5 iron into the front bunker and took bogey out of play.  A splash out to 18', 2 more putt and the victory was mine.  This was my biggest victory in a few years and man did it feel good.  
 
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The [mention=76062]GolfSub70[/mention] irons were on all weekend and I am excited to finish the year on a strong note.  
 
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Thoughts on the MBs vs the CBs you had in their spot just recently?


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Thoughts on the MBs vs the CBs you had in their spot just recently?

 

 

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I never had the CB in the lower irons 7-PW.  I was using my older Srixons.  I can tell you the [mention=76062]GolfSub70[/mention] MB irons are softer than the Srixon 965's I have.  I am getting the same distance and workability.  I am really pleased with how easily the transition went.  I can tell you the CB's are great in the long irons.  They have the same top line and look as the MB. 

 

 

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Congratulations Josh!!!  Super happy for you.  Keep the momentum going and finish the season strong.  Hopefully we can grab a beer when you're up here for the Mid-Am. 

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Congratulations Josh!!!  Super happy for you.  Keep the momentum going and finish the season strong.  Hopefully we can grab a beer when you're up here for the Mid-Am. 


We will definitely do that!


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Made a schedule change, I will try for the US Mid Amateur out of the Omni Interlocken Golf Club in Broomfield, CO Aug 13.  I will be out there for work so why not try with a full field. 

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This weekend we have our annual club championship.  I have won this 3 years in a row and I hope to make it 4.  I think every year I put a little more pressure on myself to keep defending the title.  We have 3 - 4 guys that can go low on any day and that makes it fun to know you do have to play your best to win. I tee off on Saturday at 8am.  There will be live scoring and I will post the link in the thread for those that want to follow along.  

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Finally getting to update here.

 

Saturday and Sunday were our club championship at Urbana Country Club.  The weather was great except for a 2 hour delay on Sunday.  Saturdays round was very steady.  No big hick ups and no real birdie runs.  I ended up at even par 72.  That gave me a one shot lead going into Sunday.  

Sunday was a great morning as it was my daughters 7th birthday.  We had a lot of fun before I had to go play at 10.  The round could not have started smoother.  2 pars and I was feeling good.  I bridied the 3rd hole and was off and running.  2 more birdies on 5 and 8 and I was starting to build a lead.  I added another birdie on the 10th hole to have a 9 shot lead with 8 to play.  Then the rain came.  We stopped in the middle of the 12th hole for 2 hours.  Needed less to say I had a 10 shot lead after the break and could never regain the command on my game I had before the break.  I stumbled a little coming in and finished at -2 (70) to win by 9.   This made four in a row at our club for me and it was a lot of fun after the round filling the trophy with ice cream so my daughter and friends could enjoy it. 

 

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I have really enjoyed reading about your play and I'm rooting for you! Congrats on the 4th Club Championship


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You keep going like this mate and you'll need to build a room for your trophy's! Congratulations!!

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Thanks guys! I enjoy doing this as it makes me reflect on the round in a different light. I think next year will only be better.


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Tomorrow starts the Illinois Mid Amateur Championship.  I tee off the 10th hole at 7:50am cst.  You can follow along here as there will be live scoring.  http://www.cdga.org/detail.asp?id=634

 

I will update here tomorrow evening. 

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