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All good things must come to an end, eh? I wasn't going to post on this because I didn't want to jinx it by talking about it. Over the past two-plus weeks I probably had my best run of random draw doubles play ever. I played in six locals and at minimum tied for first during the round in every single one of them.

Ottawa Park - Short Tees
Partner Chris Hoyle: -13, t1st (lost in playoff)

Ottawa Park - Long Tees
Partner Chris Hoyle: -12, 1st

Vienna Park - Short Tees
Partner Ron Gravelle II: -14, 1st

Vienna Park - Long Tees
Partner Justin Smith: -8, 1st

Great Blue Heron DGC
Partner Keith Kong: -9, t1st (split cash)

Ottawa Park - Short Tees
Partner Matt Bogart: -17, 1st

I'm sure there are a lot of Open players that have had longer runs, and made more money, and all that... but for me this was the best I've done. It was a combination of hot play and good partner draws. I drew Hoyle, a 980 rated player, twice. I drew Ron Gravelle, a 945 rated player once. But I also drew Smith, Bogart, and Kong. Bogart and Kong are both rec players. Smith is rated 888 but improving fast.

The down side of this is that it hasn't translated to any level of great tournament golf. I finished poorly at Loco at the Mills, I played poorly the whole event at the Parklane Drive Open.... I haven't played well at all since mid-March in tournament play. I don't know what it is, but ever since the March Madness tournament in Columbus my game has just been poor. I don't get it, I do a lot of field work and I play tournaments constantly but my game has just slipped... and slipped... and slipped. Frustrating.

I might need a break. I don't know.

The good news, at least, is that the doubles is going well. Plus I won the Pro/Adv putting contest at the Parklane Drive Open. Took home some cash, made my day worth it. I think the bracket was something like this...

Myself
Chad Harrod

Tyler Horne
Justin Gill

Allan Johansen
Jordan Rauch

Some kid
Some dude

Chad wasn't too tough, he had a bad set of putts, only making both 15 footers and a 25 footer. Justin was a little tougher as he hit both 15 footers and both 25 footers, but he missed both 35 footers and the 55 footer. I managed to hit both 15 footers, missed one 25 footer when my putt spit clean through the single-chains (Discatcher Sport). But I hit both 35 footers to put him away (note: he beat Tyler Horne by hitting everything but the 55 footer, solid set). Against Rauch he hit both 15 footers, both 25 footers, and a 35 footer. I managed to match him, despite my first 35 footer spitting clean through the chains right side, my second one crashed left side and caught. We went to a sudden death playoff and it took three putts but he finally missed a 35 footer and I cashed it to win it.

Congratulations to Rauch though, he did get his first sanctioned Open win at the tournament, so he got plenty on the day. The putting contest was probably more important to me, it was really the only thing that saved me from having a completely horrible day.

Anyway, thats the way things have been going. I really need to post more.

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Comment by Scoot_er on May 11, 2008 at 11:29pm
Or do what i do and stay away from weekly dubs...... Take some hacks on in a 2 on 1 or 3 on 1 match.
Comment by mark ellis on May 11, 2008 at 9:40pm
Your slipping sucess in tournaments is because golf is a hard game to master. We expect our progress to climb steadily upward. But instead we hit plateaus and dips. If you let a dip or plateau to overcome your motivation then you have reached your limits in this game.

When your training is tougher than tournaments, then tournaments will be easy (or at least easier than they are now). Doubles is a different mind set than singles. Try playing singles against players better than you. After that there is no fear in playing others at your own level.

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