It was supposed to be nice this morning so I set up a tee time for myself and my friend Ronnie. With our club now offering 7:30 AM tee times (as opposed to 9:00 AM), it makes it a whole lot easier for me to get out and play on a weekday morning. Working for a west coast based company means that it is usually pretty quiet until about 11:30 or 12:00 anyway.
We got off right at 7:30 and I started well, bogies on the first 3 holes but hitting the ball pretty well. At #4 we had to wait for the mowers to cut the greens and this continued on every hole until #9. This was kind of annoying and it really slowed us down and took me out of my rhythm. From then on I played pogo golf, up and down, some good holes and some bad holes. It started raining while we were on the #5 tee even though the weather forecast said no rain until later in the day. Wow – the forecast was wrong again! It wasn’t too bad so we continued on playing. Had an awesome tee shot on the hole behind my house (#7) but missed a short putt for par. Ended up with a 52 on the front. Again, my wedge play is my downfall and I continue to compound mistakes with a bad shot usually leading to another one.
On the back 9 it was raining pretty solid for the first 4 holes but after that it wasn’t too bad. I had even more of a pogo round as I pushed a number of tee shots way to the right but also parred a couple of holes, including a nice par on #17 after an awful second shot. A great 6-iron to the green from about 170 out allowed me to 2 putt for par. I dumped two in the water on #18 to finish with another 52 for a total of 104 – same as I shot a Pine Needles last Friday. Ronnie crushed me, he played well and shot 88.
I was pretty wet by the time I was done but it could have been worse, I could have been at work! All in all, a good day, it was nice to get out but I really need to work on my chipping. I am a chronic decelerator!