Stockton CVS, part of the Central Valley Series of tournaments which are unsanctioned, single day tournaments that are still reasonably competitive.
I missed cashing by one spot, but played the 2nd round with Roger Cansler, Jim Oates and Kevin Couch. It's nice to play in a group of this caliber.
I probably played Stockton too conservatively, but I went OB once in the first round and it kind of threw me. I ended up shooting -7 the first round, and -9 the second. 21 holes, but really, Stockton is not a very challenging course -- except that everyone else is getting a ton of birdies, so you pretty much have to do the same. Jim shot -16 the last round and Roger shot -15.
The following weekend was St. Patties in Orangevale. I was expecting to play OV like I usually do and shot 2, 3 or 5 under par. But I really just kind of lost it. I played maybe 80% of the holes just fine, but I really overreacted on bad shots trying to 'get it all back' at once. I also got very flustered about putting and found myself completely air-balling from as close as 12-15 feet away. Very disheartening. I actually threw a beautiful roller on long 17, which is a pretty long, blind, over-a-hill shot and got within about 40 feet from the basket. But then I three-putted. What? That's not how I play! WTF?
Anyway -- a highlight from this tournament were playing with Kari Vesala, a 975 rated masters player from Finland who was a great player, but suffered a lot of the same mistakes as me. We shot the same score the first two rounds and he didn't blow up quite as badly as I did in the third round.
Looking forward, the Master's Cup is in about a month. I need to remember that my practice rounds are usually a lot more relaxed than tournaments -- or at least try to relax my way into the kinds of scores I shoot at Dela casually when it counts. I won the Am Masters division last year with Bill Sherman hot on my tail all three rounds. If I can shoot at least as well as last year, I'll be happy with the results.