I got a chance to sneak in 18 holes recently after taking a full week off from all things golf. I went to the course with one of my good friends on a very off time and had the place completely to ourselves. We played in 3 hours flat and both shot our best rounds to date. I kept with my theme of keeping my expectations limited and just tried to enjoy the round. I started my round, bogey, par, par, par, birdie and stepped on the fifth tee at even par.
Inevitably, I pulled my club and realized I was even par and had a great chance to break 80 for the first time. I told myself there was still a lot of golf you play and pushed the thought out of my head. The result. A quadruple bogey 7 on a par 3. I don’t think I have ever experienced that level of frustration on a course before. I was livid. To my credit I let it go on the next tee and finished my next three holes, par, par, birdie. I was out in 38 and only +3.
I was feeling good and very confident. I let go of the idea of breaking 80 and just went out and played. I hit some good and some bad shots down the stretch and finished with an 82. It came down to a few missed putts for the chance to break 80. I missed 3 putts on the closing 6 holes from 5 to 8 feet that would have been the difference.
All in all, I was very happy with the way I played and am encouraged with how my game is shaping up this summer. I put in a lot of work this off-season and I am finally seeing some results. I have a lot of room to improve off the tee and with my irons, but my short game is stellar right now. I’m excited to keep working at it and we will see what the summer holds for me. I’m confident I am going to finally break through the 80s barrier and finally start playing some good golf.