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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.

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Comment by Bill Sherman on April 5, 2008 at 8:01pm
waking up to a bottle in the morning ( Motrin ) is starting to be a ritual. and I'm not even fat!
Comment by Rizbee on April 5, 2008 at 6:59pm
I think most of my aches and pains *come* from being fat. :P :P
Comment by Matt Kelly on April 5, 2008 at 6:53pm
It's kind of amazing -- just about every Masters player I know is dealing with aches and pains. I'm just fat. :P
Comment by Rizbee on April 5, 2008 at 4:57pm
Keep plugging away, Matt. I've had a bit of a down season so far this year. Too many nagging aches and pains. I just re-vamped my putting in the last week or so, with pretty good results so far. I'd like to make it up to NorCal to play one tourney this year, but probably not til after the summer.
Comment by Bill Sherman on April 5, 2008 at 12:58pm
I dig your blog's. Thank/x for including me in the last one.

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