- Dec 26, 2017
- Reaction score
- Louisville, KY
Heck yeah brother!!! That is a great story.My "tale of two nines" is now the "tale of two days". SMGA championship Day #2 started very much like day one, maybe worse. If you look at my avitar, #1 is to the right of the lake. Dead straight tee shot 6" r at the far end of the lake, no way to advance forward. Punch out to the fw, shot 3 pin high on the wrong (R) side of the creek on a downhill lie 1 foot above the creek 5 feet below the putting surface. Made a miracle shot over the creek but also over the green. Chip up & 2 putt for a fab triple bogey 7. great start jack ass.
Another triple bogey on #2, a par 3. This is not looking good. Bogey par 5 #3 even after putting my third shot in the creek. My 54* Cleveland got me out of trouble once again, close enough for a tap in. I can't believe I'm 7 over after 3. So far it's been all me, the B 21 driver has been doing it's job. Well I guess getting up & down from out of the creek woke me up. Next 6 hole 3 pars, three bogeys. I might still be alive. I thought to myself I'm not the only "Old fart" out here today, we are all playing a two day event where every putt has to be holed with no "inside the leather" gimmies. But I am the only one with the B 21. It did exactly what I needed it to do very time on the front nine, even when I hit it to the edge of the lake. I looked down at me feet after seeing the ball flight and I was lined up directly with the right edge of the lake, and instead of hitting a fade I hit the "dreaded straight ball."
The back nine started fine. Bogey, par par Bogey with the B 21 being the highlight of 3 of the 4 holes. The other was a par 3. I'm feeling pretty good again about my round.
Apparently the golf gods see this as a bad thing and proceed to invoke "operation show" on my good feelings. Two more triples in a row, albeit with great tee shots.
I recover on the next hole with a VG 5 hybrid just short of the green, up & down for par. NOTE TO SELF never ever does one good hole mean your back. I hit a very short but straight tee shot, I got under the ball. Instead of just punching it up to the dog leg, dummy tries to draw a 5 fw wood around the bend. Yes it was ugly and for a minute I thought I could hear the golf gods giggle as I carded my double bogey.
As I tee up my ball on 18, I look directly down at my feet and beseech the golf gods ( knowing where they reside is not a heavenly place) and request a decent finish hole so I can at least retain a little dignity. I still haven't looked at the leader board.
#18 is a dogleg left par 5 and I absolutely crushed the B 21 straight down the middle. I hit a near perfect five hybrid downhill leaving me with a pitching wedge to the center of the elevated green across the creek . I had a little adrenaline working at this point and hit my third straight at the pin, but a tad long, about three feet up the bank above the green that slopes back toward the creek. I I put my faith in the old 54* one more time, just loft it up onto the green and gravity will do the rest...and it did...Birdie!!!
I really have to say it was a fun experience enhanced by using the new Big Bertha B 21 driver. It put me in the fairway on every hole I used it on with three exceptions, and I share the blame on all three.
I went back to the Club House and turned in my card and ordered a beer and started watching the LPGA at the bar. I felt 3 text messages come into my phone. All three were from friends congratulating me for winning my Flight...I still hadn't looked at the leader board. When I did look I had indeed won my flight.....By one stroke
So not only am I enjoying my game more. I'm playing with a great driver I didn't have to pay for and it helped put $100 in my pocket. Isn't life grand some days.
And I would be remiss if I didn't mention it wouldn't have happened without "THP'.