Well I’ve not managed to get out on the course too much in the last month, but I have played in my first comp…
No Handicap – No Problem!
Gareth ‘The Doc’ Jones, one of our regulars and a member of Rhuddlan Golf Club, suggested that we enter a team in to a charity match at his home club. The team consisted of myself, Gareth, Luke and another of our regulars, Mark. As I still don’t have a handicap, I wasn’t sure what to play off – Luke said as high as possible, whereas Gareth was having none of it and said ‘a shot a hole is enough for anyone!’ – so 18 it was then.
So we had myself and Gareth playing off 18, Mark playing off 14 and Luke off scratch. There were around 7 teams entered and it was stableford with the best two scores to count on each hole.
We all started the round pretty well (aside from my first tee shot into the trees), Mark was playing really well and parred the first 5 holes. It was actually my first time at the course, so I was just trying to get a feel for the place and not overhit anything. I actually got some scores on the card on the front 9, so I was pretty chuffed with that. However, on the back 9 I was making silly mistakes or just being unlucky. It all looked so good earlier in the day, scoring well, that we thought we may have let it slip at the end. We finished the round with 87 points and then enjoyed a meal in the clubhouse before going home. It was a really enjoyable day and I look forward to playing Rhuddlan again, with a little more course knowledge.
A Surprising Result…
The next day, ‘The Doc’ walked in to the range carrying a case of wine – first prize at the charity day. We’d only gone and won it! I’m not sure how, we still haven’t found out the scores everyone else got, but I’m chuffed with that. I even contributed on a couple of holes!
As I write this, we’re getting closer to winter; aside from the leaves at Rhuddlan, which was in great condition, I think it was my last chance at playing a course in summer conditions. We’ll be looking at getting out again over the next few weeks, but still getting out on the driving range plenty and in the warmer environment of the sim studion. There’s plenty to work on!
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