I like this time of the year when the days are getting longer. Saturday evening I was able to go out and get a few holes in before it was dark. I played #6-#9, #1, #5-#7 – 8 holes (#7 is behind my house). I had planned on just playing #6-#8 and hitting a bunch of balls but of all the nerve, there was a late group coming up #6 when I was teeing off #7 so I just kept going. Fortunately there is a quick bypass route from #1 to #5 which brings me back toward my house. If there had been enough light I would have played #2-#4 but it was already questionable and by the time I got back to #7 it was for all practical purposes, already dark.
As I was the other day, I was up and down, a few good shots and some really bad ones. On the positive side, my short game was better than it was the other day but there was no real pressure either. I was hitting some of so-so balls I find in my yard so if I hit one in the woods, I didn’t even go look for it – just hit another one. Lazy? I guess so but the balls aren’t very good and they were in the woods or my yard when I found them. I left 2 or 3 out on the course somewhere. I finished with 3 out of 4 good holes (1, 5, and 7) with pars on all three of them. I was really happy with #1 and #7 – on #1 I hit a wonderful hybrid 4 from about 185 out to about 20 feet from the pin. On #7 I hit a great tee shot but it was a bit left and just clipped some branches which over hang the fairfay where it doglegs to the left knocking it down. I was about 170 from the green and hit a beautiful drawing 5 iron to within 10 feet. Of course I missed the birdie put but was still happy with the approach. It flew exactly as I hoped it would.
I am going to play 18 with my buddy Ronnie on Thursday, my goal is to break 95. I need to hit my 3 wood off the tee more than I usually do – if I can do that I think I can keep it closer to the fairway.