Posted 09 June 2017 - 10:34 AM
So I have 2 best rounds. One is purely best score and the other would qualify as best differential I suppose. They both occurred on the same course, but opposite ends of the length spectrum.
Most years our women's group plays one of our monthly tournaments where the theme is 'Beat the Pro'. Our local club pros play with us sprinkled amongst groups. Net score beating all the pros doubles your payout in prizes. The pros play reasonable tees. Something like they might play for a PAT. So on this particular day it is windy (1 - 2 clubs) and cold (50 - 55 F) with occasional drizzle. I am playing the forward tees and am just trying to keep the ball in front of me. Even par would be a good round under the circumstances. Keeping it around even until the ninth despite a 3-putt par. Ninth is a super short par-4 (215 or something), but over water on the right. Hit 3h to about 30' and make the eagle. Out in 34 and things just click. Started hitting some great wedges in the wind coming home to shoot 66. All the pros struggled in the wind. Despite no strokes my net 66 beat the pros by a ton. Bottom line seemed to be no expectations given the conditions, keeping the ball in play, and the 'beat the pro' incentive.
Strangely similar situation. Playing one Saturday for fun I played 18 in the morning (shot 75 from the blue tees) and decided to play another 18 in the afternoon. Went to check in with the pro shop and one of the pros (going for his Class A, but had not passed the PAT yet) who I knew grabbed me and said he wanted to play. No problem; sounded like fun. We get to the first tee and I was heading to the blue tees when the pro stopped and said we were playing the tips. Ouch, at that time the back tees were a little over 7000 yards. I tried to whine, but he just laughed. I just tried to hit fairways and take whatever I got which meant long 2nd shots to the par 4s, long 3rd shots on some par 5s, and 2-3 irons longer than he hit on the par 3s. I just made no big mistakes, got up and down alot, and made a mini-flop on 8 for bird. I shot 37. He did not play very well and only had time for nine.
I joined a group on the next hole and continued playing back even though they were playing blue to see if I could break 80 with such a good start. I did a bit better than that. Despite hitting all the hybrids and a driver on the par 3 12th, I managed to shoot a stellar 73. It all came down to solid ballstriking that kept me in play and leaving myself the easiest up and downs I could (I had a good number of GIRs, but no more than 8 or 9 at best). My short game was good and I had no expectations. Playing tees that long is really just too much for me. Occasionally magic happens though.
Driver: Callaway Epic GBB 9° w/Project X HZRDUS T800 65 gm 6.0 flex
3W: Callaway XR w/Project X 5.5 Graphite R-flex
Hybrids: Callaway Apex 3h, 4h w/MR Kuro Kage 80HY S-flex
Irons: Callaway Apex 5i - AW w/UST Recoil 680 F4
Sand Wedge: Cleveland RTX 3.0 54/11 2 Dot w/UST Recoil 780 F4
Lob Wedge: Cleveland 588 RTX CB 58/14 2 Dot w/True Temper XP-95 R-flex
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X w/Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft or Srixon Z-star both in yellow