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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I Should Have Stopped After 9

Today Rick and I played our first round of golf together in 5 weeks...since my orthopedic boot ordeal. Although we've been to the driving range a few times, I've been a little nervous about how my swing and fairly new clubs would work once the boot came off.

We've been playing this summer at a course near the beach since I absolutely melt when it gets hot. We try and play early in the morning when there's a nice fog bank to keeps things cool. Today was not that kind of day although the breeze did keep things from getting blazing hot.

So...how did I do? My front 9 was the absolute best golf I've ever played. I shot a 47 and hit my driver, woods and irons extremely well. Even my putting, which has always been the bane of my game, was outstanding and I made some incredible putts. Geez...I even chipped in from off the green on one hole.

Okay...so that was the front 9. Apparently, a whole different person showed up to play the back 9. I couldn't seem to make my swing work and suddenly balls were veering off to the left, to the right, dribbling along the grass. Sigh... Let's just say I had an 11 on one hole and a 9 on another. My back 9 score was 22 shots more than my front 9...a whopping 69.

Now every golfer will tell you that their very first goal, when learning to play, is to shoot under 100. If I'd only played as well on the back as I did on the front, I would have shot a 94! Instead, my score was a disappointing 116. But the good news is that my game is coming along and, somewhere out there, is my very first round under 100. We did make a tee time for next week after our round was over and you just never know...

8 comments:

Linda said...

Congratulations on the front 9 - that was marvelous and for your first time out after getting the boot off was excellent! You probably just wore out by the time the back 9 rolled around. Next time I'm sure you'll shoot a great game all the way around!

Renee said...

I'm sure you did way better than I would have done. I shoot numbers that high when we play put-put golf. ;)

Lynne said...

116? That would have been my score on the first hole!

How did the foot hold up?

the moose buyer said...

good play cousin. Frank would have been extremely proud of all 18 holes.

Betty said...

I used to play golf, and every single time, at some point, I would swear never to play again. Then, miraculously, I would hit a beautiful drive or a long putt and start making plans to play again the next week.

As you probably know, "golf" spelled backward is "flog".

rosemary said...

The post was Greek to me...or Italian or Spanish or Golfian

Patti said...

Kudos on the front 9, Joan, especially considering you just got that boot taken off.

;-)

Ralph said...

Hey, the purveyors of such courses didn't design these for the 'ease' of play. You were lulled into a sense of false security on the front nine.

You see the results. they say golf is a humbling game...