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Today I played the 3rd annual big rapids open in Big Rapids on Northend Riverside Park. Nice Course Tightly wooded on most holes very few open. The course was fun very challenging though. Definitely need a good side arm although the guy that won in my division (Am 3) He threw 98% Thumbers/Tomahawks. The tournament was well put together, nicely ran. I ended up taking 2nd out of 7. Shot 65 the first round with a 4 birdies but two 6s and a 7. The second round I did not get any sixes and alot of pars shot another 65 only 2 birdies. I found that in past tournaments on each hole I would constantly try to bomb the drive trying to birdie every hole, trying way to hard. This tournament I slowed down and tried to par each hole instead of trying to birdie. I mean don't get me wrong the holes I conceivably thought I could Birdie I did try, but before I would try to birdie a hole when I obviously couldn't. By slowing down my drives were much more accurate and I made alot more pars and birdies than just alot of 4s and 5s in my past tournaments. I have only played about 5 tournaments total this year and thats all in the last month and a week or so. But I think people do poorly by simply just trying to play to hard. Trying things they know they probably can't do but because its a tournament they feel that have to birdie to be score well when in reality if you parred every hole that is a damn good score in almost any tournament. Thats what I had in my mind going into this tournament if I par every hole thats going to be a damn good score. This is also the first tournament I actually shot under 70 the first round. I shot high 60s in they past tournaments on the second round. Also I had never played this course before in my life nor even seen it. So I think if people just slow down and play their own game your scores will lower. This is more directed toward ams than pros obviously. Although I do see it in the players in Open classes. Just not near as often.

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Comment by The FORCE on November 3, 2008 at 12:31pm
good job steven. sorry i couldnt join you this weekend. i would have liked to play but i was busy. i think your game is coming together nicely especially when you post things like this. it tells me you are learning and its good of you to try to pass that message along.
Comment by eric beich on November 2, 2008 at 9:49am
nice post, 2'nd out of seven is pretty good IMO. so right on man!

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