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Got in a 9 hole round last night as final prep for league play. I technically improved from the last time I played as I had more pars.

The double bogies on  #'s 5 and 9 really hurt as they were due to a poor initial chip. Both holes went: drive offline, 1st chip flubbed, 2nd chip on the green, and then a 2 putt.

Both flubbed chips were due to lack of commitment.  I can live with poor consequences if I committed and executed. Hurting yourself due to not committing to a shot is just dumb.

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Played the blues at Bayou today 73.7/140 and shot 43-40 with a snowman on 4. Sounds bad but 6600 yards at sea level fairly wet and windy conditions I held my own except for that one hole.

For the guys here who’ve played it imagine playing 16 at 203 over the Bayou. Hit it just off the green left -

It really wasn’t bad - that quad stinks but other than that I held my own - should have pitched out with an 8 iron and would have had a shot at breaking 80 from there.

Not bad for an old fart.


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+2 74 today. Iron game and wedge game carried me today. This G410/Accra tz5 combo is stupid 

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A group of old farts started a scramble "league" on the 1st and 4th Wednesday mornings of the month.  I missed the first one two weeks ago, but I decided to play in it yesterday. $5 entry and blind draw teams, so you play with different people every time.  Strictly net scoring.  Fortunately, everyone's handicap seems legit; otherwise I probably wouldn't play.  Players play from the tees that they normally play for their handicap, and the team must use 3 drives from each player NOT counting the par 3's.  Our course has 13 par 4's and 5's, so that only leaves one extra hole.  

As it turned out we had no trouble with anyone's drives not being playable; just some better than others. Myself and one other player were the low handicap players at 10.  We ended up tied for 3rd at net 63; 2nd place was 62, and the winning team was 61.  We had a bogey on a 203y par 3 because our highest handicap player went to his ball (a bad location off the back of the green) and chipped it on while the rest of us were picking up our balls (yes, we all missed the green!).  My ball which was short, right of the green to a front left pin was a better option, but since he hit his ball, we all had to hit from there.  

I did have 4 putts made from more than 15 feet for birdie; two of which I was the first to putt.  The last one was on hole #16... a natural birdie; my 3rd required drive, a 9i approach (I was the only one on the green), and a putt that broke a foot left-to-right.  I won 3 of my 5 bucks back.

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First round out...

Hole #1

Drive: 2 hybrid around 235, left with around 165 in. Faded a 7 iron short, chipped up to 12’, 2 putt bogey.

Hole #2

Blocked the crap out of a 3 iron, left around 175 in, smashed a 7 iron but the wind beat it up and fell short, chipped up to 15’ 2 putt Bogey.

Hole #3

Shorted a PW well short, flop shot to 8’ 1 putt par.

Hole #4....

I Kevin Na’d it “how am I going to count all of those shots?” Ended up with a 13!!! On a par 5.

Hole #5

nice high fade 8 iron missed green to the right, chipped to a foot, kick in par.

Hole #6

Absolutely crushed a Mini Driver, hit a PW in around 125 just short of the green. Chipped to 9-10’ 2 putt Bogey.

Hole #7

ripped a low burner fade 2 bryd, nice high 56° to 18ish feet. 2 putt par.

Hole #8....

Bubba’d a mini driver out to about 270, then blocked a 5 iron behind a tree, hit said tree on the next shot, missed green right, chipped up, 3 putted. 8 on a par 5.

Hole 9.......🥺 blocked another 3 iron, hit a another blocked iron shot to the right of the green, chip, 2 putt bogey...

+20 52!!!!! over all. I suck terribly, I haven’t scored that bad on 9 holes in a very very long time.

Can’t stop over fading, can’t hit a draw to save my life unless it’s with the 56 or 60. Good news is I didn’t lose a ball. Bad news is my game is shite...

Another positive... I got to play golf today.

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3 minutes ago, Shankster said:

First round out...
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+20 52!!!!! over all. I suck terribly, I haven’t scored that bad on 9 holes in a very very long time.

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Another positive... I got to play golf today.
 

Your bad round for the year is out of the way.  So, you've got that going for you... which is nice.

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17 minutes ago, Shankster said:

First round out...

Hole #1

Drive: 2 hybrid around 235, left with around 165 in. Faded a 7 iron short, chipped up to 12’, 2 putt bogey.

Hole #2

Blocked the crap out of a 3 iron, left around 175 in, smashed a 7 iron but the wind beat it up and fell short, chipped up to 15’ 2 putt Bogey.

Hole #3

Shorted a PW well short, flop shot to 8’ 1 putt par.

Hole #4....

I Kevin Na’d it “how am I going to count all of those shots?” Ended up with a 13!!! On a par 5.

Hole #5

nice high fade 8 iron missed green to the right, chipped to a foot, kick in par.

Hole #6

Absolutely crushed a Mini Driver, hit a PW in around 125 just short of the green. Chipped to 9-10’ 2 putt Bogey.

Hole #7

ripped a low burner fade 2 bryd, nice high 56° to 18ish feet. 2 putt par.

Hole #8....

Bubba’d a mini driver out to about 270, then blocked a 5 iron behind a tree, hit said tree on the next shot, missed green right, chipped up, 3 putted. 8 on a par 5.

Hole 9.......🥺 blocked another 3 iron, hit a another blocked iron shot to the right of the green, chip, 2 putt bogey...

+20 52!!!!! over all. I suck terribly, I haven’t scored that bad on 9 holes in a very very long time.

Can’t stop over fading, can’t hit a draw to save my life unless it’s with the 56 or 60. Good news is I didn’t lose a ball. Bad news is my game is shite...

Another positive... I got to play golf today.
 

Meh, you haven't played for 9 months and just came out of hibernation. And unless my math is wrong, that's only +15. 

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Meh, you haven't played for 9 months and just came out of hibernation. And unless my math is wrong, that's only +15. 



Oh. Well thanks for making me feel better.. I told you guys I suck at math. 🤣

Don’t hire me to be your accountant.

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Shot a 97 at Chambers Bay this morning. First time playing the course and boy am I in love!!!!

Shot a 50 on the front. Driver was hitting low runners and setting me up nicely for second shots.

Shot 47 on the back. Had a couple topped shots along with some crap shots out of the rough.

If you miss on the course, you pay a heavy price. I had a couple chips that hit the slope and came back down to my feet.


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Played 9 holes with two of my boys tonight. It was crazy windy and the back was a wreck after playing earlier in the week but shot one over 36. I only hit two greens but had 11 putts so that was great. 3 bogeys, 2 birdies and 4 pars. It was a beautiful evening and beat the pants off the youngsters so life is good - haha!


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I was 3 under after 11. Then the wind kicked up. Steady 27mph with some big gusts to boot. I think I made one par after that? It was brutal!


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Played a scramble today with the seniors.  3 man scramble -- 3 drives from each player.  Issue was that the 2 other players were playing different tees than I was playing -- I was on the Blue tees and they were on what's known as the Blue/White combo, meaning 9 of the holes were from the forward tees (formerly known as the ladies tees).  Those tees were anywhere from 40-75 yards ahead of mine and the times they played the same tees were the shorter holes and both players hit it about as far as I did....needless to say, I had to work to get my 3 drives in (although I did end up using 5 of them).  

My putter was working pretty well, draining a couple of 8-15 foot birdie putts.  Problem is that we had far too many putts that distance and longer --- aka poor approach shots.

But, it was a fun day and we ended up shooting 66 with one bogey.

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Played with @MaxEntropy yesterday at Windmill Lakes in pretty sloppy conditions. It rained for most of the front 9 and started again on about 16. Not sure how Max did but I shot a 94...which is better than last week.

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13 minutes ago, MattF said:

Played with @MaxEntropy yesterday at Windmill Lakes in pretty sloppy conditions. It rained for most of the front 9 and started again on about 16. Not sure how Max did but I shot a 94...which is better than last week.

Looks like a nice track. For some reason I thought it was adjacent to the Windmill Golf Center (which is in Macedonia). I'm there on Wednesday going through a fitting. 

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1 hour ago, MattF said:

Played with @MaxEntropy yesterday at Windmill Lakes in pretty sloppy conditions. It rained for most of the front 9 and started again on about 16. Not sure how Max did but I shot a 94...which is better than last week.

91 was my total. 

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We teed off at 6:30 this morning. 37* and 5 mph winds. Cold enough my phone shut down on the first tee...

Course was closed but we played anyway. Conditions we're good. Done in 2:50 minutes as a 3-some. Shot 35-36 for a 71 with 4 birdies. Wedges need to be better. Now the rain/sleet is starting. 6-8" of snow on the way. Sauna and gym time.

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75 today, long game still pretty good, putting better (switched to a TM spider vicino mallet). couple of topped 4 woods as I went for the hero blast to reach 2 par 5's in 2, ended up parring both, I need to reel in these silly shots.

 

I'm getting closer to that BROKE 75 badge @GolfSpy STUDque, is it in production? 😏

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17 minutes ago, perseveringgolfer said:

75 today, long game still pretty good, putting better (switched to a TM spider vicino mallet). couple of topped 4 woods as I went for the hero blast to reach 2 par 5's in 2, ended up parring both, I need to reel in these silly shots.

 

I'm getting closer to that BROKE 75 badge @GolfSpy STUDque, is it in production? 😏

Definitely not gonna have a 70, 75, and 80.... That's just too many too close. We have, however, talked about replacing the 70 with a "Par Buster" so there's hope. 

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2 minutes ago, GolfSpy STUDque said:

Definitely not gonna have a 70, 75, and 80.... That's just too many too close. We have, however, talked about replacing the 70 with a "Par Buster" so there's hope. 

fair enough, I like BIG Bodacious goals so I'll just have to strive to break par. 🙂

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... Had a rough day at one of my favorite courses that always seems to produce higher scores. 5 bogies and 3 birdies but the last hole was pretty cool. Long par 4 with a slope about 260 from the tee. Catch it and run another 50 yds. Wind pushed mine a hair right and it was headed the way to begin with so it sat on the edge of the fairway and missed the slope. My wife (here for a week) hit a big drive and made the slope from her tees and we lasered it at 260. Longest drive of her life!

... So I have 154 downwind and a little downhill to a pin in the front. 15 mph wind meant no way to get it close and I was debating between a pw and 9 iron. Do I choke up on the 9 and hit the front of the green and hope it doesn't go too far past or land about 10 yds short and hope it bounces on? With bermuda I never know if it will land and stick or land and hop. Hmmmm. My wife says hit the pw because you will get up and down if you don't. I hit the pw as good as I can and it landed right where I wanted it to. 144 and it hit and just made it out of it's pitchmark.  As we went to the ball we could feel the ground squish beneath our feet and realized they had watered. LOL, just my luck that in the middle of a desert I land short of the one hole they watered in the middle of the round. Told my wife I had to chip it hoping I could one hop it thru the grass and have it trickle to the hole with only about 8 feet of green to work with. She made a friendly jab about outdriving me so I had to get to close didn't I? Chipped it where I wanted, it hoped once and rolled to the hole hesitating on the edge and the 15 mph wind nudged it in the hole for a birdie. My wife just smiled and said "I told you". It washed away the slightly bitter taste in my mouth of always playing one of my favorite courses poorly. Because it doesn't get any better than playing with my wife, in the mountains with beautiful scenery on a nice maintained course even if the score isn't what I was hoping for. 

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