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The last 3 weeks I've gone up to Orange County and played in monthlies at El Dorado, La Mirada and yesterday Huntington Beach. I'm steadily improving each time I go up. El Dorado was the first organized event I played outside San Diego so I was a little nervous, especially when I found out that they put me in the Advanced division. I shot even the first round which was good enough to tie me for 1st at the break. After a delicious BBQ provided by the hosts I went out and shot +5 the second round to drop me to 4th place. I won 2 minis for my effort.
Last weekend my buddy Dave and I drove up to La Mirada. I wasn't as nervous about the competition this time, but terrified of looking like an idiot on some of their harder holes there. I did blow up on hole 13 on the Lakeside course for a 7 double P (OB off the tee and then missed a mandy), but pulled it together enough to only finish 5 over through 27 holes which was good enough for 4th place. Unfortunately Mike, one of the guys who runs everything had his disc stock stolen out of his van the previous week so no disc prizes here. I made $6 for my finish, which was $1 less than I bought into the tourny with. So it cost me a buck for a lot of fun on that magnificent course.
Yesterday I was part of a group of 5 that made the trip to Huntington for their monthly. I played some pretty decent golf the first round finishing +1 and tied for 2nd place in the AMs division at the break. We played the short tee pads the second round which really threw me off. We started on 11 and I was +1 after the first 4 holes. The lines I had planned during round 1 were useless from the short pads, and because that course is so wide open I had trouble judging distance on a few holes. I settled in and was determined to at least finish ahead of the guy I was originally tied with, even though he was 2 strokes up with 8 holes to play. A bogey by my nemesis on hole 8 coupled with my birdie on 7 tied us again (3 behind the leader) with 2 holes to play. We both parred 9. Last hole our drives were nearly identical; I was maybe 6-8 feet closer to the pin. He missed his but was close enough for a guaranteed par. I had a 45 footer for birdie to finish 2nd. Of course I sunk it! I love the pressure baby!
I really think that the out of town tournaments have made me a better player and helped improve my game. Looking forward to the ElDo Open next weekend. Watch out for San Diego!

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