Are You a Fair Weather Golfer?

Lately, the weather has not help my game as the course is very wet. If we receive 3 days of sun in a row, we are very lucky. It is during those sunny days that most of us flock to the course in attempts to play as much golf as possible. I am not against playing in the rain, but even I have limits.

Friday morning until about 1 pm, it had rained on and off, but I held out hope that the weather would cooperate. In the afternoon, I played the weather game and hit the course because the forecast called for sunny skies. As I drove to the course, I thought the sun might peek out from behind the clouds, but that hope ended up being folly. Continue reading

Golf – When to Say Uncle!

Today, was an unusual day for me. I was excited to have the opportunity to play in the afternoon after travelling for 3.5 hours home from helping my brother-in-law build his house. The forecast was for rain, but that does not stop me! With the Regional Military Competition in just 3 weeks, I need to hit the links as much as I can. So, I called my friend Jean and convinced him that it was only drizzling and it was suppose to clear up. After bribing him with coffee, he agreed to meet me at the course.

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First green at Roundel Glen Golf Course! Just a little wet!

As we prepared to go out, our friends at the Proshop gave us the lazy eye and shook their heads in disbelief that we were heading out to play a round. I was still full of hope and confidence that the weather would quickly change and we would be playing in the sun and warm weather!

Well, the shroud of hope quickly turned to the realization that we would do well to finish the round! As the rain continue to pour down, it was like a boxer taking body blow after body blow!

As I walked up to my ball on the first hole, I realized that my dream of a great round continue to fade. But, ever the optimist, I refuse to give in. The fact the bunkers had 6 inches of water in them was nothing, I convinced myself that this was only one bunker and the rest would be fine.

Walking down the par 5, second fairway, we dodged a lake of puddles. I am not talking casual water, but standing water we could fish in! But, I was not to be deterred! It was going to get better….oh yeah, it started to rain harder!

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Second green at Roundel Golf Course. Just a little wet!

When I reached the second green, I was convinced that my dream of a 18 holes today was still possible, but the probability of finishing was in question. As I saw the river flowing down the 2nd green, we realized that it might be time to look for an exit strategy!

With our course design, it was just as quick to play 3 and 4, then 8 and 9, then to just walk in. So that is what we did. We played six holes on a course that was actually unplayable. I was just fooling myself from the beginning. However, I am sure, if the rain had stopped I could have convinced my friend to play all 18 holes.

But since the rain has not stopped, and it is 2 hours since we left the course, it was a good decision to call ‘UNCLE’ and walk off the course! Having played 6 holes was fun and better than nothing, but tomorrow is another day and I am looking forward to hitting the links after work!

Have you ever left the course because of rain? Share your story!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

I Made the Golf Team

Warming Up in the Rain!

Warming Up in the Rain!

First, I want to thank everyone for the awesome support and positive comments over the last couple of days. I am truly grateful to have so many people in my corner as I competed during Wing Playdowns.

To cut to the chase, I made the team. I finished third overall and I will be heading to the Regional Competition in Petawawa in July. Since 1990, this is the 20th time I have made the base team and been given the opportunity to play at the next level of competition. Through the years I have finished first 1 time, third 3 times, and in the top 10, 15 times. I have had a good run so I am hoping to continue my good fortune next month.

Today was a the survival of the fittest. It poured rain all day. I am not talking light showers, but hard rain for most of the round. It was raining so much, I had to remove my hat when putting because the constant stream of water falling on my putter was too distracting. By the 5 hole, I was soaked to the bone. But, as seasoned golfers will tell you, any day in competition is a great day!

Today was my worst round of the tournament. I shot an 87. A smooth 46 front and 41 back. Believe it or not, it was the 4th best score of the day. The final score was not as disturbing as how I got there; the 3 doubles and 2 triples were especially rewarding! When I blow a hole, I do a great job doing it! Take those scores away and I played rather well. I will say that my chipping and putting was not as sharp today. I missed 6 putts under 5 feet. But, that is life on the golf course.

I did, however, take a couple of lessons from today’s round. First, I need more dry towels in my bag. Second, don’t forget your rain pants in the car. Lastly, in the pouring rain, I need to take a bit off my swing. Because of the wet conditions and the fact that I do not wear a glove, my grips were very wet and swing hard did cause some difficulties.

Regardless of my score, I made the team. That was the goal of the tournament.

On a side note, I am being fitted for irons and a new driver tomorrow. I am very excited about that to say the least.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!