Yesterday I hit the links with the intent of playing different formats through different holes. It was not to work on anything new, but to shake up my game and have some fun. So, I played best ball (with two balls) for the first four holes and a scramble for the last five. It was all about having fun until I started playing well, then my competitive nature kicked in. It all started on the first hole!
The first hole is a longish par 5 and with the ground drying up, it is starting to be reachable. Yesterday, I hit driver – 3 wood that resulted in my two balls being in the green side bunkers. After one good bunker shot and one poor one, I was putting for birdie. The short tap in was a no brainer, but the crappy bunker shot was 17 feet short of the hole. Low and behold, I made this putt and started off my round with two birdies. I only marked one on the scorecard, but it was very nice to finally start my round strong.
As a worked my way around the first four holes, I finished one under playing best ball. It was not overly difficult, but I did have a few lucky bounces. After four holes, I finished one under par. A pretty strong start if I do say so myself.
I had a few highlights in the last five holes. I finished two under for the scramble portion that lead to a three under overall score. My best shot was a 25 yard seven iron from just off the green. My first chip was just left and that allowed my to adjust my aim and hole my second chip in for the golf season.
After one more birdie, I felt that my game was starting to come along. Interestingly, I only birdied one of the three par 5 holes. One would think that I should score lower on these holes, but in fact, that part of my game was my weakest part. I could not get my approach shots close. During the scrambles, I thought I would take advantage hitting two balls in a row and this did work on every shot except my approach shots. As always, it is something to work on.
Overall, I had a great time playing my goofy format. I know that my score was supposed to be secondary, but three under for nine holes is not too bad. Regardless, the change in pace really helped keep my focused and grateful I hit the links yesterday!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links.