Gotta say I'd forgotten how much I love the Toboggan. This is a course that I have been waiting for 11 months to see back in the ground, and I still hadn't remembered just how awesome it is to play. Went out today and helped them piece together the baskets in the morning and once they were all in we went and played some singles rounds. I went on the trip with Kyle Lehman, Evan Hughes, Steve Swartz, Rob Fitzsimmons and Rob's dog Lahar.
First round I had a decent and consistent start. Took a par three on the first hole, a par five on the second hole, birdie three on the third hole, par three on the fourth, and birdie two on the fifth. After that it slowed down a little bit with pars through until the twelfth hole of the round where I took a bogey four. That was alright, the twelfth is one of the harder par three holes on the course. Unfortunately followed that with a pair of bogeys on the next two holes (a five and a four). I had a par four on fifteen, par three on sixteen, and then a bogey five on seventeen. Going into eighteen I was tied with Lehman at two over course par. Lehman ran his sixty footer off the chains and took a par, I followed it by hitting an uphill forty footer to get the win. We played for tags and five dollars per man.
Myself - 63
Lehman - 64
Evan - 65
Rob - 70
Steve - 76
The round was pretty much what I expected. Neither myself nor Evan expected to really play hot on the first round on the course with no experience all year throwing those kind of hill shots. But at the same time I was pretty disappointed with the round as a whole when I first came off of the course. We broke for some lunch at Holdens and then came back for a second round. Second round Rob and Lehman got pretty blasted and Steve took off before it so it was really only Evan and myself playing it out in a semi-serious manner, all tournament mentality though.
I started off with my hottest start on the first five holes that I've managed with a 3, 4, 3, 3, 2. Evan was a little less solid than first round (4, 4, 4, 3, 2, 3 first six) starting out with a 4, 5, 4, 3, 3, 4. On my side of things though the round seemed to take a turn for the worse as I took a six on the sixth hole of the round, putting me from well ahead of my pace the round before to a stroke behind. I finished the front nine 6, 4, 3, 3 with a missed birdie putt on both seven and eight. Evan finished the last three of the front with a 4, 3, 3. So coming off of the front nine I was one stroke worse than the morning and Evan was the same. I was 31 and he was 33.
Going into the back nine I was looking to make a strong push early with some deuces. Missed out on the hole ten but managed to park hole eleven, which are both must-get holes. I pulled through with a three on twelve though, where my skid had begun the round before. I proceeded to birdie three thirteen (which I had taken a five on in round one) and par fourteen (which I had taken a bogey four on). Evan came through that same stretch with threes on ten and eleven but taking a bogey four on twelve (first round he had missed a 25 footer for a birdie two after an amazing drive). He then took a birdie three on thirteen but bogey foured fourteen. This is where things turned around a bit. I'd had a good run to keep me on a solid pace but he needed to pick it up.
Hole fifteen I took a boring four, sixteen a boring three, seventeen a boring four. Evan went through that stretch with a perfect forehand on fifteen, then a perfect gator shot to park it for a drop in three. He parred sixteen. Then on hole seventeen he threw a great placement shot and bombed his second shot under the pin for a great drop in birdie three. We both managed to par eighteen with easy threes.
Myself - 59
Evan - 62
The key to the day wound up being that we both did what we wanted to do for the day. We both had something to prove to ourselves in our heads. I wanted to prove to myself that I could definitely shoot rounds under 60 on the Toboggan, which I did despite a six on six during that second round. Evan wanted to prove to himself that he could easily qualify in week-of qualifying which he did first round. And then second round he shot a 62, despite shooting a front nine just as poor as his first round. I've been telling him he can shoot at least straight 62s during the tournament, and now I'm positive of it.
I haven't stated any solid goals on here concerning Amateur Nationals, only that it was a primary goal of mine all year. Right now I have to say that top ten is my goal. Last year that took rounds of 61, 59, 59. No reason I can't pull that off. I think Evan has a goal of top fifteen, thats a tough goal but he has a big arm and a lot of ability. I just want him to do well and set himself up for a great next year leading into 2009 Am Nationals.
Anyway that took longer than I intended, time to take my sunburnt ass out to get some alcohol in the system.
I *heart* Toboggan. F'sho.