Yesterday was the final round of the 22 Wing golf play downs. This yearly event selects the top 5 male and top 2 female players to represent out Wing at the Ontario Golf Regional. This military event is one of many sporting events designed to build esprit-de-corps with the ranks of the Canadian Military. Although our field was very small, I made the team and will be playing in the Ontario Golf Championship in September.
The second round conditions were better than the first. The wind blew considerably less, there was no rain and it was warmer. Still a bit cool, the playing conditions favored low scores. Shooting a 76 on the first day, it was my plan to score the same or a bit lower.
I improved my front 9 score by 2 strokes. With only two bogeys and 7 pars, this round was very steady. I would like to point out that one of the bogeys was on the par 4, 7th hole. This 90 degree right golf hole is challenging because of the water hazard, which I hit into, poses a big problem for most players. I pushed my drive and missed clearing the pond by 1 yard. Regardless, I was now lying 2 at 168 yards from the pin….over the same water hazard.
I hit my 6-iron very well and was left with a 20 foot uphill putt. After careful aim, I struck the ball cleanly and just lipped out for a par. With a tap in bogey, I smile and walked away. It could have been much worse.
The rest of the round was really uneventful. Fairways and greens was my plan and I executed it extremely well; I was consistent and steady all day. On the 18th tee, I was 3 over and looking a score of 74 (Osprey Links is par 71 course). I striped my ball down the fairway and sat 126 yards back from an elevated green. I hit a firm 9-iron and to my disappointment, my ball sailed over the green at the back left.
After a very poor chip shot, I was lying 3 with a 25 foot putt. I had putted extremely well over the past couple of days and felt confident that if I did not sink this putt, I would leave it very closer. Unfortunately, I hit my worst putt of the entire 36 hole tournament. Being left with 12 (I hit it 12 feet short!) I was scrambling for a bogey.
I hit a great putt and like a couple of others during the day, I lipped out. I tapped in for a double bogey and only 3 putt of the day. I finished overall with another 76, but I will have to say that yesterday’s 76 was very disappointing; I was very happy with my first day’s 76. Such is the life of a golfer.
Anyway, I made the golf team and was the low player over the 2 days. This means that I will be the team Captain and will represent 22 Wing at the Ontario Regional Golf Championship. I look forward playing against the other great players in the region (many of whom I know) and maybe winning my second Ontario Region Golf Championship.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!