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So, I made a post a day ago on here stating that I was easily better than all but eight or nine guys in our local community. I named three guys that I thought were better than myself. So what happened today? I went out for doubles and got paired up with one of the three guys I mentioned. I got paired up with Chris Hoyle, actually. If someone asked me who the best player in the area was I would say it was him. Naturally, I catch him on the day one of his cars is in the shop and his other car is overheating on his wife while she's away from home, so he's scatterbrained like crazy.

"Hoyle, I'm OB... Keep it right..." Hoyle seems to not notice me... "Keep it way wide right." Still not noticing, stepping to the pad... "Wide right, get it WAY out there..." I quiet down, he's preparing to throw, he had to hear me...

Throws OB.

The reason I was telling him to throw wide right is because, well, lets go with what it says on Weather.com's report... We were dealing this afternoon with sustained winds of 31-39 miles per hour, gusting up to as high as 45 miles per hour.

Oh, and we lost to a pair of intermediate players. Hoyle and myself have an average rating of around 960. They have an average rating of 904. We tied for second with Justin Gill (one of the guys I mentioned that I consider on the same level of golf with me, one of the other rising guns in the Toledo area) and Mike Taylor (a decent intermediate player).

It was just one of those days. I can't complain, mind you. On successive holes I managed to pump home a 50 footer uphill into the wind, and then a 35 footer on level ground with a heavy left-right cross. Only missed one putt, uphill from 15 feet dead into some 40 mile per hour gusts. Should have putted that one upside down, right? I did two holes later, worked. Lesson learned.

All in all I had a lot of fun. We didn't cash out, lost the CTP to Justin and Mike... only five teams. But playing in that sort of wind, all you can do is play every shot as smart as you can, and I don't think I played any of them completely incorrect in the wind other than the out of bounds on one. It was a fun day for golf, lots of laughing at the ridiculousness of the round.

Anyway... It's officially Christmas Eve. And you know what that means... Yep. That's right. Eight days until the first tournament of 2008!


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