Today was day one of our ladies club match play tournament. I hesitated about whether to sign up for it or not but eventually did. Then I went out and shot a bad round so I erased my name from the list. Then I put it back on the list. Come to find out, the organizer of the tournament knew I erased my name and though she smiled and was nice, underneath she was thinking I was a chicken you-know-what, and she was right. But what is important is that I PUT MY NAME BACK on the list.
When I showed up at the clubhouse today I learned not only who my match play opponent was but also that the other two in our foursome were the lowest handicappers in the club – one of them also being the club champion. No pressure!
Well, I won today. We are a 9-hole club, so the end result was I won six holes. We squared on one and my partner won two. Score wise, I only beat her by a stroke because I had two OB penalty strokes plus an unplayable lie stroke, but that had no bearing on the tournament result, obviously.
I won fair and square baby! My name lives on the sheet for next week.
I didn’t drive the ball well and kept missing right, including hitting a brand new Bridgestone out of bounds to be lost in someone’s shrubberies. I started pulling my 4-iron out of the bag for just about everything long, including my provisional tee shot, because that club and I are pals and I rarely miss with it.
My chipping was a lot better than it’s been and that was a great relief, as I have put in some serious hours at the practice green lately. Putting saved my bacon more than once. In fact, that’s really what it came down to a good deal of the time – my opponent three-putted while I two-putted. She kept thinking I was cheating on strokes but I think she was just frustrated. On one par-three I hit under a dense, low-hanging tree and declared it an unplayable lie. Well, lying two I then chipped on and one putted a heavily breaking 15-footer for a bogey. My opponent really thought I was pulling a fast one on that hole but it was the one-putt! I highly recommend them for keeping scores low.
It’s nice to have a solid foundation of golf fundamentals underneath my golf house. It may be built of straw sometimes, or even cards, but the foundation remains!