Tuesday, February 26, 2013

First Round played in Southern Ports 2013

Monday 25th February 2013 Played yesterday and it was hard work. Struggled for rhythm off the tee from the start and compounded that with hitting the ball short on approach shots as well. Fortunately my short game was on target, almost freakishly so. Four chip shots literally rolled along the edge of holes and if they fell would have turned my game in a big way. There is one other factor which I will admit to and other players on the day also served up in chatting later. The nerves on the first tee threw many of us well into our rounds. It is an odd circumstance particularly for me. I have no concerns about nervousness, doing stand-up comedy is a great training ground in my case. Yet I could not get myself into a steady golfing standard on the front nine at all. The Robe course does have an added pressure facet. The first tee block is right next to the club house and an audience of 30 plus golfers rattles many, as does the 18th hole which is right at the front of the club house and there is a gallery of people on the patio watching as you putt out that cracks a few players as well. Photographs of the players and the day can be viewed at the Southern Ports facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.484921331568880.107710.406016909459323&type=3 Front nine was marred with a lost ball and two in trees, the fairway accuracy of Sunday was nowhere to be found and scored a 48 gross after nine holes. Went in the club house found a quiet corner and had a little chat with myself, as golfers do. Wanted a 40 on the back nine and scored a 39 to finish with 87 gross and 75 Nett. Sitting in 16th place on the table for the Nett championship and only six shots behind the leader (Nett 69) The Robe course ripped a few in the field apart with it's dual layout on the front and back nine. Both are very different in make up one flat the other hilly. With enough wind to add a special twist for any mistakes. Kingston on Wednesday and Beachport for the final round I am settled into the game now not as happy as I would like to be with the score. That is the fact though and I have full confidence in my game in getting the results to climb the table. Caught up with Alan Grant who beat me in the play off for the B grade title in 2010. One of the great parts of this event is the friendships made with other golfers that come to have a crack at the title. I m the thumbs up guy in the red shirt. Thankyou for your time and attention, Geoff