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Rocket City Amateur Open @ Brahan Springs in Huntsville AL, 3/22/08

They say you have to loose one to know how to win one. Well I defiantly did that this weekend. Cilecia and I were really looking forward to going down to the RCAO this weekend because first off The RC tourney is Run by my buddies Danny Newton and Chris Jaskolka. They run a first class event and two rounds @ Brahan I was excited. Brahan is a tight wooded course a lot like our Sinks. Pretty much all holes are birdie able but there are Majestic pines covering this park so if you get off course you can get in trouble pretty easy.
Really my biggest problems in tourney's has been starting them. I don't know what it is I juast always start with a bogey or Double and just get in a funk. Thats what I have been working on. I was as calm going into this tourney as I have any I don't really know why maybe its the confidence in my practice but I didn't really even think about the tourney till I got into practice focus 30-45 mins before Start. It worked. I started out solid and played real well the whole first round. What I was most proud of was the fact through the whole first round I had no bogie's. I only had 3 birdies but of course since I was playing in an event there were 25- 30 mile an hour winds so the 3 down was hot and I was THE LEADER in the club house after the first round with a 1 stroke lead on the field and was right where I wanted to be.
I told Danny during the break if I go back and just shoot my same round I win the tourney. I was right. Unfortunately I had to learn a hard lesson. I mostly concentrated on beating my card in hopes of winning. I played good throughout the last round and maintained no bogie's and maintained my 1 stroke on my card so I just knew I had it in the bag. I was wrong. With four holes left to play there was a backup on their longest hole on the course and I decided to talk to the other group and see what they shot. Phil Griggs SUPER SAND BAGGER FROM SMYRNA had shot even the first round but when I looked at his card he had 7 FREAK IN Birdies. YES it came out to a 981 rated round in INTERMEDIATE. Needless to say I was getting beat by one stroke and I was pissed. I then proceeded (with a hard lesson learned in the wind) proceeded to bogey #1. Come to find out he bogied one later but he still beat me by 1 stroke and I tied 3 other with -5. One bogey cost me the tourney. Oh well lesson learned and I got in a good battle with Rick Korab who is a real good player and that was fun. I played real solid. 940 ,938 rated rounds. If I play like that over the next two weeks at Bowling Green and then at the Atlanta Open I think I will be real proud of my finishes. Well we're off to BG so we will see. THROW SOME D's ON IT! St

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Tags: Amatuer, City, Danny, Jaskolka, Newton, Open, ROcket, Shan, Trotter

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Comment by Rick Korab on March 27, 2008 at 10:38pm
Shane,
I feel your pain.

We totally were battling it out between ourselves. We knew we had our card from early on and I think that caused us to sit back and play safe. Grrrr! The first round I shot 6 birdies and 4 bogies, really shows how that course can take them away from you during tourney time. See you this weekend!

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