I always wanted to throw a 1000 rated round in a sanctioned tournament. At my age with my rating it did not seem likely. In seven days I've now thrown two of them.
At the Pennsylvania State Championships I played Am Master and we had a very close match for 60 holes. After 54 holes I was in second, 2 back. At the beginning of the fourth round I started to make a move. I birdied three of the first four holes before getting a bogey. The other leader and I went back and forth for a couple of holes and then I went on a tear at the end, getting birdies on eight of the last ten holes. Other than a hole-in-one that I was actually going for, I did not really benefit or suffer from any low probability occurrences. The hole-in-one was not a bad drive either. I threw a putter off the tee at a basket on a slow green. I would have made the birdie come back if it had missed. So 1011 apparently is what I get if I execute to my ability off the tee almost every hole, and have one low probability occurrence go in my favor and none against.
At the Austin Collision Kelsey informed me that it was no longer sporting for me to play Am Master. In the morning I threw a -1, or 945ish rated round. I was in the middle of the pack in advanced a couple of throws back from last prizes. In the afternoon I started off with four straight birdies on holes I've birdied before. Two of them were 20 foot putts. One was a jumper outside the circle. One was a big stretching frisbee-style anhyzer toss through a gap in the schule. I was going to dink it up to the base of the basket and then thought, "That's stupid. Dink it up chain high and give it a chance." I got par-birdie-par on three holes I'd normally go par-birdie-par on. Then i got a very low probability throw in the woods. On the luck thread I mentioned that I meant to miss the first 12 trees. I often accomplish that. Missing the next 58 is beyond my skill level. But the hole is only 285 if you miss the trees. I made a 20 foot come back putt for birdie. The next three holes are birdie holes and I got two of the three. Then comes a hole where a three is a good score and i made a jumper for 4. I birdied the remaining two birdie holes and got pars on the remaining two bogie holes. For this round I had about five low probability occurrences break my way and only one go against me. So I played a 984 round and got a net 44 bonus points of low probability outcomes in my favor.
I think a few things are shifting the occurrence of low probability outcomes in my favor. I've lost a lot of weight. At the end of the round I'm still fresh. I'm down 30 pounds from 18 months ago. It brings good luck if you are in shape for a competition involving moderate physical exertion. and it is easier to get a little zip on a jump putt without the 30 pound handicap. Very recently I've been working on balance. I know when my Chinese bladder syndrome flares up I suck at the game. Chinese bladder syndrome causes balance problems. So it makes sense that doing balance exercises would also bring some good luck. And i've been practicing putting and playing a lot of rounds. This always brings good luck.