When I was 14 I was qualifying for the public links at the local level. I made a 10 on the first hole because I was so nervous. A local player here named Dennis Walsh had won the THE NATIONAL PUB LINKS a few years earlier and was in my group. Now we had played together a lot before so I should have not been nervous. After the 10 and then another BOGEY 2 holes later I would have usually blown a gasket. This was the first time I just grinded it out in my life instead of QUIT on the inside and get mad. I was not gonna make a fool of myself in front of him. Well on the fourth I just said tough it out no matter what I shoot. 14 holes and 8 birdies later I went to the sectional at 14 years old. I did not make it at sectional but that day changed me forever in believing in me. Only Golf can give you that nothing else I have found yet can give you your Character and test your Heart to the point of being shattered. At the same time make you want more....
My personal best is was choseing this GAME.
My best score ever was the first time shot even PAR that was and will always be the best day of my life next to my children being born. Teaching my kids to do it will be the next.
It's not as easy as you would think to hit all the greens around the course, and its a great place to practice your short game.
My best ever there was -4, for a total score of 50, and that was in 2005. So I asked the guy who runs the course what the course record was. For a course of that length, and considering who has played there, I would have thought the record was at least -10. Another local par 3 course had a nine hole record of 21 (-6) set by Duffy Waldorf...
To my surprise, the record was only -7. When I heard that, I got pretty excited. My putting and chipping would have to be really good, but I knew I could do it. That day, I played 3 rounds, shooting -3, -1, and finally -7 to tie the record! I actually had a chance to beat the record on the last hole, and "settled" for a par instead. I took a picture of the scorecard:
I also had my first hole-in-one in February last year. It was on the 17th hole at Hackberry Creek...192 yard par 3. Very windy from right to left, so I chose a 3 iron and hit a cut into the breeze to hold it straight. Best part about the shot was I called it! I told my buddy "I like this wind from right to left...I'm gonna hit a cut up into it and hold it there...I'm gonna get this real close." It was a one hop and in!
Work in the future will be towards hitting a few more greens and being a better putter. I have found that I only post good numbers when I hit more than 11 or 12 greens in a round, as I am not a very good recovery player. I'd like to keep that number up, especially since the courses I play aren't THAT tough. And putting...well, yeah. Everyone could stand to putt better.
A personal best (PB) is a great example of a "reachable goal," which is perfect for amateurs. It just made sense to start there...
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