Friday, March 18, 2016
Dear readers, Time flies when you're having fun. The third and final round of Southern Ports was a battle, after a week of accuracy off the tee it disappeared as the dodo have from the planet. The one course where all you need is to put the ball on the fairway and the game is yours, was where the extinction accuracy decided to happen. Even so my game was not too shabby and I scraped together a passable score from regions of a golf course that are less visited by humans than the moon. The end result is of course all delivered at the presentation of the weeks trophies. In the over all tally finished a credible 7th place in the A grade nett score after the three rounds. the grand total of 6 strokes too many dear readers, quite simply two strokes too many on each day. There was definitely a period of reflection, mourning and analysis after coming so close once again. On the upside, there always is in golf for the second year in a row I won the Youngs Menswear trophy which is no easy task. Being a progressive nearest the pin for all three grades on one par three. Yes dear readers that was the epitome of my accuracy which was the linchpin of my game for two of the three days. It was only the absence off the tee on the third day which brought me undone. Moving on has been a gradual process since the first week of March, was simply golfed out in many aspects. and the hunger and passion to play was lacking. Even so I have ambled around for a couple of mediocre rounds and gradually returned to the practise areas to hone my game.As always the cycle resumes and success with it. Yesterday was a trip to Millicent a course which in my early days playing off high 20's handicaps destroyed my golfing game. Interesting experience with the past round knowledge. The accuracy off he tee is back and yet hitting the ball so well it was often going long off the fairway into minor trouble. It was then I recalled a couple of previous rounds at the Millicent Open playing with +1 golfers who used other clubs besides drivers off the tee. Golf is about a consistent routine and at times that can become a rut. Every course is different and the awareness of the difference can be buried in the myriad of other attention grabbers. It is one of the main reasons why I play other courses, it forces me to look at how I play golf in relation to a location instead of a generalised set of actions for the game. There is that moment of surprise still when i realise I can play the shots required to be a good golfer. The turning point for me was last Sunday battling around the course, that led to yesterdays success. It was with 4-5 holes to go the comment passed over my lips, "today is not so bad, hell only 3 years ago this would have been a good score for me!" Yesterday playing off a 9 handicap I scored 81 gross for a nett 72 par for the course. It took good shots with every aspect of my game, off the tee, off the fairway, out of bunkers and putting. Golf, it beats the crap outa reality. Thankyou for your time and attention, Geoff
Monday, February 22, 2016
Final golfing weekend before commencing the 54 hole Southern Ports Golf Week tournament on the 29th of February. Had a specific plan for the weekend and it worked. Beginning with the Friday Nine hole chicken Run at Robe. I cruised around the course finishing with 19 points and satisfied with the game played. Ticking all the boxes of Accuracy off the tee, consistent putting and reliable shots at the green and chipping.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
My golfing has never really been influenced by the GA handicapping system too much I believed. Until this weekend. Our course is being redeveloped and a composite course has been set up and rated. Interestingly the same layout has been rated twice one at 113 slope and the other 111 slope. Playing exactly the same course the influence of the lower slope rating this weekend has a marked effect on my result. Playing off a 9 handicap I scored 37 stableford points with 77 off the stick (Nett 68) which is the course scratch rating DSR is 66, Par is 69 which results in a Played to Handicap of 11. Followed on to my Caddie Challenge score being rated at 34 Points! Which means instead of winning $30+ I lose $10 on top of the gob smacking score derived. Have been in touch with the captain and after further analysis of my past scores found another that is not flagged with a 79 off the stick with 38 points and a played to Handicap of 12.2. The lower slope rating makes it completely pointless in me playing the course when it is in place.As I have to play to 2-3 under my handicap just to match it. The real issue is why the same course is rated with two slop ratings of 111 and 113. In fact the reality of my handicap is basically pointless it is either GA of 9 as it stands or if the two scores highlighted are adjusted approx GA 8.8 or less. Thankyou for your time and attention. , Geoff
Sunday, February 14, 2016
A lengthy discussion with the voices in my head today on whether to play or not. It was a close run yes in the end and for all the right reasons. This made it three 18 hole comp stroke rounds in four days and with the Southern Ports Golf week tournament coming up in first week of March, that was the deciding factor. Today was another success 77 off the stick (37 points) and a nett 68 to consolidate the single digit with at least 6 rounds to play and get a few more A Game scores. The work with the gym program is still first then on the range is still dedicated to chipping and putting. With the addition of more Tee shot driving workouts. Next weekend is the regional Champions Tournament all club champions play in a comp. and I am down for that on the Sunday. The game focus is on playing serious competition at the minute an pushing myself to the limit. Thankyou for your time and attention. Geoff