Yesterday my 2021 golf season started anew. After 6 weeks of a delay, we were finally able to hit the links. The course was full all day, but you would never know it by how professionally the staff managed the tee time flow and how players respected the social distancing rules. The day was over cast, warm, and breezy; in other words it was the perfect day to resume golfing. Since yesterday felt like our first day on the links in 2021, I focused on one thing and one thing only: having fun.
I will start off by saying I failed pictures. I was enjoying my round so much I neglected to take any shots of my home course of Osprey Links I will have some after the next time I play on Monday. The course is in great shape. The maintenance staff (who the GM said were sad to see the course fill up (tongue in cheek of course)) were not idle during the hiatus because the course looks fantastic. Craig Moody and his staff have the course in the best shape for this time of year that I have seen in my 10 years of playing at Osprey Links. A huge Bravo Zulu to the maintenance staff for sure.
Before teeing it up, I decided to forget the score. Yesterday was about soaking in the beautiful surroundings and mentally enjoying the freedom to play golf again in 2021. As it turned out, this was the perfect approach to the start of my 2021 season. As a matter of fact, the first round of the season is the exact time when my golf score never matters. I keep it for my stats, but analyze nothing except……
My putting stunk. I scored a round of 83 with 36 putts! Yup, 36 putts in one round. That is ridiculous. Okay, I am done. As I wrote the last line I was smiling because I actually do not care about the number of putts I made. Now, talk to me in a month and we shall see how I feel about my putting.
Another bright not about playing yesterday was we saw Ellie. She is the cutest dog and has an amazing personality. I enjoy seeing here every time I go golfing because she helps keep the geese population under control. Here is a picture of Ellie from March:
My first round of golf is in the books. I am ready my next round tomorrow and will still not ramp up the expectations. I generally way until June every year before starting to focus on areas that I an improve. I see no reason to change that approach. For now, yesterday’s round was great fun and is considered the score that never counts.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!