After thousands of rounds of golf, I thought that there was very little left to accomplish given my skill level. Well, last Thursday during in our scramble Men’s Night competition I reached a new milestone. The four man scramble was played at the Mattawa Golf and Ski Resort, my home course. When we first started playing, Mike, Barry, Charlie and I had hopes of playing well because of the favourable scoring conditions. And score well we did. Starting at the first hole, we played golf at a higher level than normal; Ii was very exciting and a great deal of fun. I am grateful I was able to participate is that magical round.
I realize that it seems I am playing things up, but in fact I think I am spot on. It was one of those special scrambles where everyone contributed at the right time. During every shot except one, someone step up and made a great shot whether it was hitting the ball long, striking approach shots close, chipping in or making a clutch putt. Everyone contributed at the right time to set the stage for our very low round.
Our final score was a 9 under 28! We scored 1 eagle, 7 birdies and one par. That is the best 9 hole score ever for a team format of any kind in which I participated.
On a side note, I usually putt last and I always say that I never want to putt during the round. Except for one hole (which I missed a short putt by going first) I never had to take my putter out which is just the way I like it. 😉
Our round started out with Charlie hitting a great shot on the par 5 to 220 yards out. I hit a solid 3 wood pin high just off the green to the right. Mike proceeded to chip in for an eagle. What a great way to start. As we walked to the second tee, Barry and I talked about what we thought would be the low score of the night. I suggested a 7 under 30, Barry said a 29; I guess we were both wrong as we shot a 28.
As we navigated around the course, we were hit 8 greens in regulation, had 8 one putts, and chipped to within 2 feet on our only par. We were all striking the ball very well in certain areas of our games. We also shot closest to the pin twice (for the time during the event as there were other players still to compete). We were never in trouble on any hole and we made the best of every opportunity.
During the round Charlie hit the ball very well off the red tee (he is a senior). On many occasions, he put us out 30 yards past the rest of the group which was a tremendous advantage. He also was our first putter and made many 5 foot putts. Barry hit some great approach shots and was our clutch long distance putter. He sank 2 putts that were at least 25 feet long. Additionally, he was the only player in play off the tee on the 9th hole; thank goodness. Mike hit the majority of close approach and chip shots. We relied on him to get us close to set up many birdies. His pin hunting scope was definitely on target. I filled in where I could. My strongest contribution was with my 3 wood. I was able to hit the ball well off the deck leaving us a short chip on the par 5s. We all contributed and the score proved that it takes a team to shoot a low golf score.
Shooting the best team score every for 9 holes was a great fun. But, the camaraderie of playing golf with three great guys was better. I am grateful that each week I play golf with like minded, easy going golfers. That is were I win the most, but shooting a 28 was definitely a highlight to my early 2022 golf season.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!