Thanks for your support!Where to start - so little to say, so much time. Oops reverse that.
I managed to get over to the course Wed. afternoon for a practice round. Wedgewood GCC is a fair track, but it is demanding. There is a little room off the tee, but off the fairway is not good. The approach shots are demanding. I started the practice round as a single and i caught the threesome in front of me. We had a good time. Weather was perfect too. Wish we had played Wed.
Thursday I picked up my caddy and drove over from Dayton to Wedgewood. I was a little over an hour drive and I had a 10:33 tee time, so I wanted to get there between 8:30 and 9:00. Us 50 yos need a little time to get loose and for the vitamin I to start working. However, stiff joints were not going to be a problem this day with highs forecast in the 90s.
The warm-up went well. I was putting well and hitting the ball well. I had good speed on my putts and I was stroking it well. I figured I was good to go.
I got to the first tee just as the group in front teed off. I got the pin-sheet, the local rules sheet, the USGA CoC and the clarifications from the starters. I mentioned I had a caddy. He had it made. He got to drive my clubs on a cart. However, since competitors had to walk, I could not even sit on the cart. My caddy did earn his keep - more on that later.
It's time. The start announces us, "This is the 10:33 tee time. Teeing off first from Dayton Ohio..." That part is pretty cool, even if no one is around to hear it.
I got a pretty good indication of how the day was going to go right off the bat. I hit a really good drive about 5 yard left of my aim point, with a little draw on it, right in the left bunker. The next shot hit the lip and just got out onto a downhill lie in the rough. I tried to punch a 6 iron up the fairway onto the green, but I hit a pull hook left of the green. The pitch over the bunker went long and I went over. The next pitch went to 6' and I made the putt. After that, I had stretches of OK play, but I never got it going. By the 5th hole the wind was howling, which was going to make things really interesting.
In the end, I shot 80. 68 and 70 qualified. There is good news in that though, I did play well enough to avoid the dreaded letter. After a post round analysis, I figured I turned a 74 into an 80. Way too many putts. (35). The stats were 10/14 fairways, and 11 greens. I also was in 1 fairway bunker and 4 green-side bunkers, so my caddy got good at raking traps. I made some mental errors, some were just plain silly. Live and learn.
Did I mention it was windy. It was so windy the ball was oscillating on the greens and on the tee. On the greens I had to press the ball into the green to keep the wind from rolling the ball off it's placement. The wind was a factor on putts too. When it's that windy, golf gets really interesting. The wind was swirling a lot too. I hit one approach that went 40 yards right, the came back 40 yards left. Wow!
Still, I was glad I went and tried. I will definitely be back next year if I keep my index low enough. Plus next year I am old enough for the Sr. Am too. (Sr, Open is 50, Sr. Am is 55 - figure that out.) My game is really coming around tee to green. My short game is good too. My putting leave something to be desired, but it will come around. I have been a good putter and I know most of my problems on the greens are mental. I CAN fix that. Just takes a little practice.
That's the scoop. I've got a whole bunch of stories about this I can tell if anyone is interested.
Thanks again for rooting for me.