To start this off, I decided before this round even began that I was going to play nine regulation holes by summer rules and add them to the half round that I still have hanging there.
The course was in immaculate shape.
but I have this to say. The next time someone tells me that equipment doesn't make a difference, I'm going to tell him he's full of it.
I played this round with a Titleist ProV. I struggled a bit with my driver, but I think that may have something to do with the compression of the ball and my swing speed.
Everything else, though was rock solid. The huge difference in this game is that most of my approaches were right on target before the wind started picking up. I know for a fact that this is the best iron and wedge round I've ever played. And my putting was outstanding as well as my chipping. I just wasn't hitting my driver or my hybrid well.
And the scary part about this round is that I left seven, yes seven, birdies within a foot. Man...leaving it on the lip all day and still getting my best round ever by a long ways.
Hole 1: Not a very good tee shot for a short par 4. Left me 175 out for my approach, and I nailed the middle of the green. Left my birdie putt within a foot.
Hole 2: Nailed the middle of the green, and left my birdie putt within a foot.
Hole 3: Great tee shot. I pushed my second shot off into the forest, but I ended up with a clear shot at the green at 175 out. I left it just short of the green, and I left my birdie chip within a foot.
Hole 4: Put my tee shot right in the middle of the green. For the fourth straight hole, I left my birdie putt within a foot. I'm ecstatic to be even par after four holes, but I'm also slightly disappointed that I was so close four times to being under par.
Hole 5: Beautiful drive. I want this next shot back. I tried to hit my hybrid from 205 out into the wind, and I skulled it. I still got to within 100 yards, but I pulled it a bit, and the wind exacerbated the mistake. I barely hit the front side of the green. I had an 80 foot putt for par on the hardest putting green on the course, and let's just say that I knew I was going to three putt.
Hole 6: Easily my best drive of the day. In fact, my driver really started to go south at this point. This one went 255 in the cold and the wind at my back. The second shot I'd like to have back....I couldn't hit the green from 115. In fact, I popped it way up trying to use the wind to carry it in, and I landed it well short. I think I started to lose a little confidence at this point because I then chipped it almost all the way across the green. I had a 50 footer coming back, and I managed a two putt.
Hole 7: I think I put myself together once i realized that I felt like I had blown up the previous two holes and still managed to only lose three strokes. My drive on this hole wasn't very good at all. And then I missed my approach short of the green (into the wind). My chip shot got me to within 10 feet, and I sunk the putt to save par.
Hole 8: I didn't even get my drive to the fairway. And then I put my seven iron layup shot into a tiny fairway bunker with a terrible uphill lie. I played a wedge to the fairway at that point, and then I couldn't hit the green from 115. I did, however, leave my bogey chip within a foot. I thought this one would go down as the shot of the day, but I topped it on the back nine.
Hole 9: Terrible banana slice off the tee. I haven't even hit a slice in a very long time. This one was ugly. The driver just didn't even feel comfortable anymore at this point. I didn't even make it to the water hazard. I did, however, hit a great 7i shot from the deep rough to get it to the middle of the fairway, and then I trickled on to the front of the green (front side pin) with my 75 yard approach. I missed a ten foot putt to save par.
Hole 10: Another banana slice. This one stayed in the fairway, but only because there is so much room over there. I hit a nice hybrid shot on my second shot, but then I hoseled my chip shot. It held the green, but I needed two putts from 25'.
Hole 11: Another terrible drive. I pushed this one, but at least I didn't banana slice it. It was only about 125 yards to the right of the fairway. Well, I had a clean shot towards a clearing up near the green, so I took it. And then my third shot found the middle of the green about twelve feet from the pin. I missed the par putt.
Hole 12: I didn't hit my hybrid all that well off the tee I didn't dare hit my driver on this hole. I almost pulled out my 7i just to get it to the fairway. I did use my 7i on my second shot, and I got it to within 150. I just pushed my third shot (maybe it was the wind...hard to say), and it ended up pin high on the right side (in the fairway). I left the chip shot about a foot short of the pin for a tap-in par. I should point out that it started to rain at this point in the round.
Hole 13: Tee shot right to the middle of the green. I left my birdie putt from 20' on the top lip of the hole.
Hole 14: Another sub-par drive, but at least I hit this one straight. I really slowed the swing down to ensure that. Now, I decided to go for the green on my second shot from 175 thinking that the wind at my back might help. Some days, everything falls into place. Most days, I mishit this shot, and it goes into the water. On this day, I mishit the shot, and I ended up with a banana hook that went way to the left of the fairway almost to the white stakes. I was left with an evil, impossible, and ugly 70 yard wedge shot from the deep (and wet) rough over a bunker. On the green side of the greenside bunker is a steep slope that leaves no landing area for the front side pin. I had come to the realization that a double from this spot might be a reality. I've been there before, and yes, it often takes me four strokes to hole out from that spot. I can't believe that I nailed this shot, and I think I have the ProV to thank. It took a nice, soft bounce before it disappeared over the ridge, and I was absolutely shocked to find it within a foot on the right side of the pin. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this was my nicest shot of the summer. And I saved par with it. The realization sunk in after parring this hole, which happens to be the most difficult hole in the world for me, that I had a distinct possibility of not only breaking 90..but also of breaking 80.
Hole 15: It had really started raining by this point, and the guy in front of me was really starting to make me angry. He was sooo slow. At any rate, I hit a decent tee shot here. The wind was really starting to pick up, and it killed this approach. I ended up in front of the green on the left side on a shot that I started a good 20 degrees to the right of the target. The chip shot rolled around the top side of the pin, ending up within a foot.
Hole 16: This hole was the hole that I knew was going to be the tough one if I was going to break 80. I usually bogey this hole. It's not a hard hole. It's just a hard birdie. Now I hit my tee shot about perfectly, but the wind took it right into the greenside bunker. I hit a nice blast shot, but I couldn't sink the 10 footer for par.
Hole 17: Another tough drive. It sliced just a bit, but the wind killed it. I somehow managed to hold the right side of the fairway, and I hit a 135 yard approach that found the right side of the green. Of all of the birdie putts on the day to miss, this one from about 35' was really tough. It lipped out of the back side of the cup.
Hole 18: It was really pouring at this point. I wasn't liking straying from outside of the comfort of my umbrella. I am lucky that I really didn't blow this hole up because, outside of the putt, I really didn't have any good strokes. Now, I really pummelled the drive. The wind caught it, though, and pushed it into the left side rough. I had more of the same on my second shot. The wind just about carried it into the water. Now my third shot was from 135, and I thought that I had a shot at birdie due to the fact that I had been cash money from that exact distance all round long. I didn't take the wind into consideration. I started this shot out a good 30 degrees to the right expecting the wind to carry it into the green. This shot really sailed on me. The wind caught it and didn't let go. I almost cleared the lateral hazard on the left side of the fairway, which means that a shot that I started 30 yards to the right ended up about 70 yards to the left. I actually think the ball was coming back at me at the end. At any rate, I took a drop up the fairway, and proceeded to hit a miserable chip shot that barely held the right side of the green. Cool. Cold, actually. Calm. Collected. I stepped up to my ball and sunk a 30 foot putt to save bogey.
I wonder what the ranger was thinking when he saw me standing on the green with my head down in the pouring rain shaking my head.
You are missing out on some cool charts...
Congrats on the amazing score Bryan; I'm jealous!
Jealous of the score not your weather; I don't want to think about snow until at least December.
By the way, I noticed you made the "Week's Best Scores" on the oob home page. Way to go!
Bryan K says:
I'm still absolutely stoked about this round. Can't wait to get back out. And the good news is, the forecast after our blizzard on Wednesday is looking favorable again. Temps in the 50's by this weekend.
Bryan K says:
I don't know if that's fair or not. I suppose an alternative would be to delete the last nine-hole round.
I have a lot to attribute this round to, though. Equipment was a large factor. However, I think the round I played with the other three cats at Edgewood yesterday helped me a lot. They were pretty good players.
Bryan K says:
No..actually...I played so well on the front nine, I couldn't leave.
I've been trying to figure out a fair way to round out my scores for the year without leaving a half round hanging there, since I've pretty much recorded everything since October 1 as out of season. I decided to go back and turn my last nine hole round into a regulation round and use this one in its entirety.
Fantastic score.Let me get this straight though,you only played 9 holes and added them to a previous 9 correct?
Bryan K says:
Just thought I'd point out that this just might be my last round of the year. We expecting some nasty weather this week. Four to six inches of snow accompanied by 50 mph gusts of wind on Tuesday and Wednesday. That kind of storm usually closes the area courses down for the season. However, I am still holding out hope that I'll be able to play at one of the courses in the Twin Cities over Thanksgiving.
Bryan K says (hole 18):
Jesus its fricking pouring
Bryan K says (hole 14):
It''s wet, it''s cold, it''s raining. The guy in front of me is slower than molasses in January. I''m miserable, and I want to go home. But I can''t'' because I''m in the middle of the best round of my life.