The first of two rounds of the Sportspal golf tournament was completed yesterday. This is a highlight event at Osprey Links Golf Course and it is the first time I have entered. This two-day event pits 69 teams of two in a Best Ball and Scramble format. After the best ball round on the first day, the teams are flighted and assigned a hole for the scramble round going today. The Championship and A Flights will play from the blues while the rest of the field will play from the whites. I have not played in this format of golf tournament in a long time and the first day was very interesting.
Before describing our round, Blair and I finish the best ball round with a two over 73. We did not play exceptionally well as a team, but were able to keep it together to be in 9th place overall and placed in the Championship Flight. The leading team is sitting at 66 and we are 7 strokes back. We shall see how things go today and maybe we can play well enough to win a prize.
Our first round was with Brooks and Darcy. Both are long hitting players with a smooth touch around the greens. You will remember Brooks from a previous post about playing golf with better players; well yesterday, Blair and I did just that. Despite the fact that they are great players, they are also very nice young men. We had a wonderful time looping the course and many great conversations. They finished two strokes ahead of Blair and I.
Our round was anything but spectacular. The trick to scoring well is to play poorly on holes that your partner plays well. Basically to be out of sync; in the case of Blair and I, we were in sync all day. When I had a bad hole, so did Blair. As a result we shot 3 bogeys (all on par 5s) and one birdie (on the 18th hole). The rest of the holes were pars. If you were to watch our round yesterday on TV, you would be asleep within 5 minutes because nothing spectacular happen. It was boring golf from tee to green.
The only notable shots were on 9 and 18. After pulling my ball into the water hazard off the tee, I hit an 8 iron to within 12 feet of the pin and sunk the putt for par. On 18, I hit long drive and hit my approach to within 4 inches. Yes, I made the putt for our only birdie of the day. Apparently, I almost sank my approach shot for an eagle, but I am not surprised it stayed out – that was nature of our day.
Today, Blair and I will be starting on hole 3b for the scramble portion of the tournament. We are under no illusion about what score we have to shoot to win a prize. I expecting we will have to finish at 10 under to have a chance at anything. That is 13 under for the day….mmmm….possible, but very challenging. Only time will tell! Regardless of our result, we are grateful golfers!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.