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First Round of the Year!
« on: March 24, 2007, 06:45:25 PM »

Phalen was open.  Shocked

Course didn't look busy pulling up, but they were swamped (maybe in part that they weren't starting anyone on the back 9).  We had about a half hour wait before they could fit us in, so we putted and chipped a bit.  Kev was doing well with his chipping all day, and I managed to hit the pin once (but only on the putting green).

Onto the round:

We only played the front 9 because it was slow.  The group ahead of us seemed to be playing their short-game from tee-to-green (maybe in part that they were waiting for the people ahead of them; otoh, they seemed to want to copy what the pros do.  i.e. "You got cobra - wow").  And thus, the group behind us was usually waiting on us.  It took about 2 1/2 hours to finish.  Sad

I had a few "blow up" holes.  Like the par 3 that I had the opportunity to birdie and then managed to 6 putt. Sad  The grass was dead enough that I would put even off the fringe and from the fairway on a couple holes (mainly because I thought I landed closer and didn't want to go back and get my PW), but that worked out pretty well.  Hole 7 (par 4), I had to take my only penalty stroke.  My golf ball landed in the "reeds" of the pond (at least it got washed).  The next shot was kewl, though.  I actually skipped it across the pond and onto the fairway. Cool (No, I didn't try.  I wish I could do that on demand, though.)

Despite some blow-up holes and the rest of the round seeming average, it did somehow manage to be a PB for the front 9 of the course.  Didn't feel like it, but that could be that my PB for the back 9 is still 12 shots less.  Anyway, my previous PB was an 84, but it is now a 79.

I really enjoy my new clubs, and I did much better than usual with my driver.  Went from almost not being able to get it off the ground to driving about 140 yards.  With more practice, I hope to do even better.  I did so-so with my 4iw, and I need to practice a bit more with my irons.  I like how the PW is weighted, it's probably one of my favorite clubs to use.  It was really hard to judge how I did with the new putter because the greens were dead and dry - and sometimes soggy at the same time.  I did notice, though, that my swing is kinda defaulted to a half-swing. Undecided  Guess it's time to go out and get some whiffle balls so I can work on my full-swing.

I think Kev did well, too.  He does play so much better than I, and I'm always impressed with his rounds.  He shot a 48. Cool  I won't comment too much more on his round, but one highlight was a chip-in on hole 4.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2007, 01:09:17 AM »

Congrats on the front-nine personal best! Smiley

Six-putt!  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2007, 01:55:44 PM »

I'm glad you finally got out on the course Nat!!!!!
Sounds like you had a great time!!!
Don't worry about the six putting!!!!!!  I have been known to put my drive's,( on a certain hole), six times out of bounds, so that makes me 11 straight off the tee.....on a par 4!!!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2007, 01:59:02 PM »

Don't worry about the six putting!!!!!!  I have been known to put my drive's,( on a certain hole), six times out of bounds, so that makes me 11 straight off the tee.....on a par 4!!!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked

Ouch. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2007, 02:47:30 PM »

Thanks, all, for the congrats and encouragement!

My response during the 6-putt was "I can't believe this is happening! Shocked Shocked"  From each angle I came at the cup, there was a different break which was worse than it looked.  Added to that, if my ball did go of the green it would roll into the pond.  So looking back I probably allowed myself to think on that a little more than I should have. 
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