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The Mt Pleasant club had a pretty good showing at this tourney this year. I drove down with John (Nacho) N, Jordan B and Jason H and we met up with Mark B, Jeff L, Keith A, TJ W and Rose P.

Round 1
On my card were fellow Masters Thom Kelley from Midland and Derek from Lake Odessa and Mt Pleasant club player TJ Wilson. Originally, Mark Boring was on our card but things got switched around by the time the round started. My goal was to hopefully shoot even and then try to improve on the second round. I guess I should set my goals higher. I was only able to get one birdie in this round (hole 17, I think) while shooting 5 bogies putting me 4 over for the round. Thom bettered me by 2 strokes. Derek ended up below us and on the second card for the second round.

Lunch was good. Most of us stayed and made our own sandwiches or grilled out with Thom and Tom from Midland. There was free beer from the Walldorff Brewery (yum!) and the MDGO basket toss run by Keith A and Thom K.

Round 2
The second round found me (+4) carded with Dave F (-2), Mark B (E), Thom K (+2). I was just happy to be on the top card, albeit on the bottom of it. I knew 6 strokes was a lot of ground to make up so I just hoped to stay in the running. I felt pretty good about my round as I played pretty consistently, parring most of the holes and hitting a couple of birdies. I carried the (-2) for most of the course. My SS Avenger did stray on Hole B and ended up on the road so I had to take a circle 4. In the meantime, Mark had given up quite a few strokes right from the start but had since leveled out and started hitting his usual stride. Thom had a couple of bogies along the way so we were all fairly close but I had actually taken 2nd place. Hole C was a long up-winder throwing right at a baseball backstop with the entire infield being OB. All our drives ended up about mid left field with Dave's being just enough longer that he probably threw a mid-range for his upshot. I marked my Boss and threw it again (did I mention it was windy?). Being a lefty, I went the other way around the backstop and actually came very close to the basket. I had the only par on that hole and felt pretty good about that. I was worried that our round would end on holes 6 and 7 where 6 is a nasty right-handed route between the trees and angling sharply left below the cliffs. It's a sweet hole but just not that lefty-friendly. At least 7 is a short, straight shot which I'm usually pretty good at.

Well, along comes hole 6 and my Avenger SS hits the tree but luckily caroms on down the path a bit. My approach shot went way long and I missed my putt back, giving me a 4. When we reached hole 7, I had no idea that I had complete control over second place and all I had to do was par it. My drive was actually pretty good, leaving about a 25-footer for bird. Had I realized the exact scores (i was probably the only one there that didn't know), I would have just laid up and dropped in for a par. Instead I went for the putt, missed it big and missed the return putt. Another bogie lets both Thom and Mark catch me. The three of us all tied at 4 over for the day!

I did shoot the best second round in our group but it wasn't good enough. Dave finished 5 strokes ahead to take first. He already had a berth to the State Championships so it would be passed down to 2nd place. Mark will be camping that weekend so he passed on the chance to win it, so Thom and I had to decide what to do with it. Thom had no suggestions so I gave it to him. A person should earn a berth and I fell way short of doing that so I will have to do better in the future.

Lesson Learned: Keep a separate score card showing relative scores so I know where I'm at all times. You have to realize the competitive nature of the sport and live with the consequences of that fact.

Another lesson: Putt, Putt, Putt

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Comment by Josh Taylor on March 23, 2009 at 11:35pm
Good blog - feel like I was there! Those relative scores will creep up on you if you don't watch 'em close...

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