Monday, May 20, 2013

Golfing in the Dew

Last Saturday I couldn't sleep (thank you, dinner full of MSG) and I was up at 3:00.  After doing some work, reading, writing, and making breakfast, I got to a point where I needed to do something different.  Unfortunately, it was still 6:00.

That didn't make any difference to me.  I got my golf gear together, changed clothes, and got ready to be the first person off on the golf course.  Only one issue - the course opened at 7:00.  That meant I sat in the car and did emails for an hour, but nevertheless, I'd be the first off.

I cranked out my tee shot on #1 at exactly 7:02, and despite the misty morning (which would turn to rain by the time I hit #16, I had an awesome day.  My driving was a B+, fairway play a sold B, but my chipping was a horrible D, as I flew the green on two holes and had three chili dips.  Killer.

But my putting?  A-.  And the fun part about putting on a wet morning is that you have physical evidence of exactly what you did.  Here are some examples (click on photo for larger image):

This one was a nice 12 foot honey that kept me at bogey on the tough #1 at Thornberry

This bomb was for my second birdie of the round (and of the season) on the par 3 #8

This one was a 20 footer from the fringe to save par on the #1 handicap #15

So with two birdies and dropping putts left and right, you'd think I'd score, right?  Ah, but you forgot about my chipping.  I ended up sporting a 96. Yuck.

But I'll tell you one thing: there's not a much better feeling than standing over a long putt and feeling confident that not only can you get it close, but you can make it.  It sure makes the game a lot of fun.

Alas, I'm sure the feeling will be a fleeting one.  Regardless, I had a great morning as long as it lasted.  And it was nice to leave some evidence of my prowess for the foursome that followed.

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