Under par ... finally.
Funny how golf is.
Just last week I admitted to the world (well, cyberspace, anyway) that I whiffed on a shot.
Today, a brand new grip I’ve been experimenting with delivered the best round of my life. A 77 at Tyrone Hills Golf Course, a 6,404-yard course in Fenton, MI, with a moderate slope of 125, is nothing to jump up and down about. I’m more thrilled that I shot a one-under-par 35 on the front nine, my final nine of the day. I’ve never seen red numbers before, only sniffed it a handful of times. Can’t even get there on Wii golf.
It only took me 17 years in the game and more than 550 rounds (my best guess).
I knew I was on a roll, but a birdie-birdie finish was a major breakthrough. In past attempts at career rounds, I’d start adding numbers in my head down the home stretch. In other words, golf’s kiss of death.
I knew I had a shot at glory and I’m still stunned I didn’t choke, gag and blow it. After a 15-foot birdie putt on the second-to-last hole, I drove to the last tee fearing a tight tee shot through a chute of trees and wetlands. My drive skirted some limbs and found the right half of the fairway. One of the purest 7-woods of my life, a 180-yard bomb, finished four feet from the cup on an elevated, severly sloping green.
Thank goodness I didn’t have to worry about the putt, as it was a near-gimmee. At this rate, I wonder what I’ll do next week. An ace would be nice.
Who am I kidding? I’ll be happy to break 90.
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I think you can tell from the tone of the blog that I'm hardly bragging. More like making fun of my own lack of ability. I didn't write this to "showcase" my skill. Rather, it's as a perfect example of how weird this game is. One minute you whiff, the next you shoot a number. No other game in the world is so confounding on so many levels.
Seriously, we all have these hopes and dreams. Whether par is true par or one we have set for ourselves, advancing to a new level is a rush. Knowing that others have made it gives us hope. Joe, write a blog entry, send it to Jason and ask him to publish it. Then we'll let you know our thoughts.
Coincidentally, also toying with a new grip.