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Broke Par for 1st Time


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#1 wbond

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

I have been playing golf for about 20yrs now and this year I broke par for the first time this summer, and then did it again three rounds later.  I generally play to about a 7-8 hdcp and my previous best was a 1 over 73. The 73 i completely choked coming in.  I was 2 under through 15 and already thinking about breaking par for the first time and promptly bogeyed 16, 17 and 18.

My first round under par was a 1 under 71 which included my messing up on 18.  I was 2 under through 17 and heading to 18 which has OB on left and wasteland plus OB on right.  So i stripe it right down the middle and now I'm thinking lets break 70.  Needless to say, I hit a wedge fat, come up short of the green and then chip it 15ft past the hole.  Now I have a straight downhill putt which I hit 4ft past the hole.  First thought was great i am going to double the last and shoot even.  Luckily I made the putt and got a bogey.  It was still a great day.

Now three rounds later, I am playing steady but draining everything.  I hit it down the middle on on 16 and the pin is all the way back left.  I hit a solid iron but pulled it a little and just missed the green left and shortside myself.  I get lucky and chip in and now I am 2 under with two easy par 5's left.  On 17, I hit a poor wedge for my 3rd which just gets on the front and able to two putt for par.  So I am still 2 under with one to play and thinking if I can just make birdie, i will break 70.  I promptly hit my drive right and under the trees.  Luckily I am able to punch out and have about 80yds left to the pin which is about middle of the green on the left side.  I hit a gap wedge a little bit left but exactly pin high about 12 ft away.  I don't know that i have ever been more nervous over a putt, but all I thought was I may never have this chance again so put a good stroke on it.  I got lucky and it went it for a 69.

I would consider myself a less than average putter and over the last 6 yrs, I average just over 33 putts per round.  This summer I read the book putting out of your mind and had an amazing run of scores and dropped my hdcp to 4.2. When I shot 69, I had a total of 23 putts, 10 under my average and I one putted 11 greens.  

Unfortunately my HDCP has slowly risen back to 7.0 but it was a great run.  During that stretch I shot 78, 83, 76, 71, 75, 82, 69, 76, 77, 77, 80, 73.  Since I live in Michigan, I now have to wait until the snow melts to get out again.


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#2 Birdies4Days

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

Congrats! Once you break it once, they will just keep on comin!

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

congratulations,   I'm sure there are more on the way.

Edited by mjl2012, 07 January 2013 - 03:44 PM.


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

Nice job Mr. Bond! That had to be a great feeling. :-)
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:26 AM

Congrats! I hope you get many more

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:43 AM

Great stuff and that is some hot putting.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:51 AM

Thanks for the replies.  I wish I could say the hot putting continued, but it cooled off at the end of the season.  Now in the off season, I got an aluminum yard stick and I'm practicing with that.  I was surprised at how difficult it was for me to keep the putts rolling on this.  I seem to pull the putts left.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:24 AM

View Postwbond, on 08 January 2013 - 08:51 AM, said:

Thanks for the replies.  I wish I could say the hot putting continued, but it cooled off at the end of the season.  Now in the off season, I got an aluminum yard stick and I'm practicing with that.  I was surprised at how difficult it was for me to keep the putts rolling on this.  I seem to pull the putts left.

I have got to say I am interested in the yard stick idea for putting practice. I have never heard of this until now. Might give it a try.

Also, congrats on the accomplishment! Sub-70 is a whole 'nother' category of accomplishment. Nice work!

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:59 AM

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

way to go

I did a huge thread myself when I shot 69 last July

Congrats on your accomplishment and battling thru the nerves coming home .. been there done that

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

How are you a 7 when most of your scores are in the 70s?  Do you play really easy courses?
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

congrats that is one awesome feat!  hope to join you soon!

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

Congrats! I had the best round of my life in the fall. One over par that included a double bogey on a par 3. And it was on a top-100 course that I was playing for the first time ever. I was 2 under through 6 holes with 3 birdies and a bogey. Never been in that position before! I carry a 6 handicap. Hopefully 2013 will be the year.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

I will never be able to start a threat like this unfortunately.  Congratulations.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:38 PM

Nice!


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:04 AM

Congratulations, its a great feeling. I broke par for the first time yesterday after going even 4 times recently.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:41 PM

congratulations..  been almost 2 years since I last did it.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

View PostCosmosMpower, on 19 January 2013 - 12:03 PM, said:

How are you a 7 when most of your scores are in the 70s?  Do you play really easy courses?

I was rambling a little in the original post, but if you re-read it, during the stretch where my scores were listed, it went to a 4.2.  However, that was in mid July to Mid August and those scores have been pushed out of the calculation and now it has risen to a 7 due to mainly not being in the 70's anymore.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:03 AM

You did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It may or may not ever happen again, but at least you can say you did it once!!!

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:06 PM

Congrats!  hope to join you soon!

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