I meant to start this Jan 1, but time got away from me...
It would be great if I could make progress this season. The past few years, it seems, I've consistently been inconsistent. Once I made the jump over 900, I figured that I'd continuosly get better. However, my PDGA tells a different tale.
A major goal this season is to put together two good rounds per outing, rather than one good round and one horrible round. Recently, I'm becoming more apt at playing confidently. When I play confident, I can putt. Simple as that.
I've played in several events this year with decent results. Two weekends ago, I played in a doubles tournament in Philadelphia with Mike Solt from the Poconos. We hade a solid first round and a good second round to secure a 2nd place finish (tie) in Advanced. We had some major competition ahead of us who we wouldn't catch. Local friends Cary and Pete played some hot golf to tie us. Cary had some MAJORLY CLUTCH shots the last few holes to cinch to tie. It was a great day that started in the car at 630 in the car and ended at 930 pulling back into the driveway.
The next day I played in my first PDGA event of the year at Rutgers- a course with some serious OB. I was a bit tired from the previous day, but played well in the first round to be in 2nd Place behind my friend Kyle. Luckily, I never went OB round one. I started the 2nd round off with a first throw OB on hole # 6 which would prove very costly. Next throw, I overshot a long forehand to go OB a second time and landed a double circle 6 (vs. my 3 in round 1). Right off the bat, I had a 3 stroke deficit that I would not overcome. Physically and mentally I felt fatigue from the previous day and it was setting in HARD. A big step forward for me was that I finished the round with 4 birdies in my last 5 holes. I would be 6 shots worse than round 1 and drop from 2nd to 8th. Rating wise, rd 1 was about a 950 and rd. 2 was below 900. Booo.
Last weekend my brother came down from NY so I took Saturday off, but played tags with the Green Acres crew on Sunday. My brother Matt made a UBER RARE disc golf appearance and I got to show off, vying for the #1 tag. Oh yeah... another problem I have is that I'll give up a lead during the last few holes. Maybe I'm not clutch, maybe I'm a choker, not sure yet. Anyway, I had the lead with three holes to go, but Cubby caught me first. Next was Tom. I hit a pressure putt to stay in the game, but went OB on my first drive of the 18th hole. Ended up tied for 2nd, but lost the 2nd tag to Tom because he had the higher tag before the round started. Overall a great day with a mediocre finish.
This weekend, I had planned to go to Boulder Woods near Harrisburg, PA, but the plans fell through. Instead I'll be playing the Johnny Boge at my home course of Tyler, in Newtown, PA. The woods will provide great practice for next weekend, as I'll be playing back to back tournaments- in Philadlephia on Sat, and Tyler on Sun. Both B tiers, both a chance to make something happen early season. My short term goals are: Place top 3 in the Boge, place top 3 in Philadelphia (AND QUALIFY for the US Am Nationals) and Win at Tyler.
Oh yeah, I've also got a "side challenge" going with my friend Eric... We're putting up 10 points per tournament that we're both playing in. So far, I'm up 1-0. Last year, Eric killed my something like 8-5. Last year proved to be a lucky year for Eric and his Phils. This is my year. Let's go Mets!
More to come.