Posted 28 September 2017 - 11:12 AM
So I posted in here a few pages ago and I played in my club championship and I thought I'd share my experiences...
Our club championship this year was stroke play 54 holes over 2 days. They have it broken down into flights for handicapping but I chose to play in the championship flight which meant it was just straight up golf. I knew I would be in for a rough go since I only played maybe 20 rounds all season and one of them from the tips. Plus I was playing against golfers who played tons more, from the tips, and with lower handicaps. Needless to say, I was already in the hole. There were a few reasons I thought I had a chance...First was age. I was the youngest guy by 7 years. Playing 36 the first day isn't unheard of for the other guys but for me, 36 was perfectly fine and I wouldn't be that sore the next day. Second, I used to caddie at the course and caddied there for 8 years. Only 1 member in the championship had been a member longer than I'd been there caddying and playing. So I had experience that the majority of the field didn't have. Third was distance, granted it doesn't matter all that much but I was hitting 6 iron while others were hitting hybrids and my tee shots were past theirs almost every time. Heck even my 5 wood would go longer than most of their drives. Again, there's more to golf than length but it does wear a guy down when he's 40 yards short of me.
First day was 2 rounds. First round I was nervous as all get out and shot 85. But I played the last 5 holes -2 including sticking my second shot on a par 5 to 8 feet after being in the forest. It was a straight up Sergio at Medinah shot. I thought for sure someone had posted an even par or even under par and I would be long gone and bring up the rear. I came in and found out that I wasn't that far off actually. The leader came in with a 77 and we had two guys WD. So the field was down to 5. I joked with the head pro and said "well at least I'm guaranteed a top 5 finish!"
Went in and changed, grabbed a bite, and went out for the second round. I'm not sure if it was because I was playing with a guy who I get along with really well, or because I finally woke up, or because I was playing with house money since I was at the back of the field but I played AMAZING. I came in with 75 and had the low round of the day and was actually in second place. Granted the leader had a 5 shot cushion but still, I was back in the game.
Third round started with me going back to my first round and played about the worst I've played in a tournament since high school. By the time I got to 16, it was all but done for me and the leader could've won if he played with a PW for the rest of the round. Everyone folded but no one folded as beautifully as me! 16 is a long par 4 425 slight dog leg right. I caught my drive just right and was 145 out. I set up to the ball with my 9 for a smooth even tempo swing to just get to the center of the green and take my two putt. I felt off over the ball but just ignored it. Next thing I know, the ball is going at a 90 degree angle into the woods. Straight up hosel rocket...then the next shot was going to just punch out. That ball went all of 25 feet and still in the woods. Next shot, another hosel rocket. And another, and another and another... took an 8!
Long story somewhat shorter...I posted an 88 for the last round and took DFL. So I got top 5! All things considered, I'm not upset with how I played. I didn't play much at all this year and it was my first year playing in the championship flight. Next year, I'll go for it again and who knows. All I know is that I set the bar at a reasonable spot and I don't see how it could get much uglier!
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