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So far May has been a fantastic month for me. Or at least it has come out solid after a somewhat slow start. Played mediocre to poor golf at Loco at the Mills, then played badly at the Parklane Drive Open. But after Parklane I won the Pro/Adv Putting Contest. Followed up that by hitting up Thrills at the Mills and winning Advanced with a 1022/985 split and a win in a playoff. But the most bizarre thing of the month has to be this past weekend...

Went to Norwalk, Ohio with Chris Hoyle to play a bring your own partner doubles event. Payin was $50 per team, with $10 going to club coffers to fund their tournament in July (Fire in the Sky 2008). With five teams showing up willing to pay the entry we had a purse of $200. Obviously only two teams were going to cash, so a very narrow margin for error. First round we played solid golf. We left some holes out there that we could have hit and wound up with a bogey free 52 (21 holes, par 63). After the other card came in we found out we were holding a one stroke lead over the two best local players.

Here's where it gets bizarre: one of the two locals on the team a stroke back was in charge. He determined the payouts in between rounds... $160.00 to first, $40.00 to second. That is an incredibly wide gap, I was thinking at largest the gap would be 140-60, and most likely 125-75 or so. The only thing I can imagine here is that with us, a pair of out-of-towners, only one stroke ahead the two locals were thinking "PAYDAY." I mean, that is an outrageous gap: to take 2nd out of 5 and wind up leaving with less money than you paid in.

I was half of a mind to complain at first, even with a lead... but instead I probably took the low road by telling myself that I was just going to not give in and take the cash. I think Hoyle came to the same conclusion. And I'm going to be honest, throughout the round I was as calm as could be. It was tight the entire second round, and on hole 14 (our 11th hole) they actually caught us. We jumped right back out to a one stroke lead after that. It was pretty much a one stroke game the rest of the way through. Despite the tightness I really never felt at any point that we would lose, it was a good feeling. We finished out with a birdie on a very tough hole 3 to win by two strokes.

Walked away with $80 apiece, after gas costs I came ahead $45 on the day. Not bad, gotta love unsanctioned events. Really I've gotta love doubles events in general. Right now I'm still holding onto an undefeated month at Ottawa Park, four weeks in a row now (every week in May). I really thought I was going to lose this past week, splitting headache and couldn't seem to do anything but my partner, Kyle Lehman managed to pick up every hole I played poorly. All five weeks in May would be cool, hopefully I have a hot round on Friday.

And thats all for now.

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Comment by Chris "Smokey" Hoyle on June 7, 2008 at 8:55am
Good blog, Lets pair up at Byron on the 12th of July

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