The upside of starting a round of golf at 6 am is you can be done by 8:30 if you play alone. The downside is you have to start your round at 6 am. The combination of sunrise golf and no warm up facilities open led to another round front 9. I had only 1 par on the front with 6 bogeys and 2 double bogeys. Things didn’t start much better on the back, despite feeling like I was finally warming up and striking the ball better, I bogeyed the first 3 holes.
Things turned around on the 13th when I stuck my 2nd shot 2 feet from the pin for a tap in birdy. That started off a nice 5 hole stretch of birdy, par, par, birdy, par. I missed a 3 footer for par, on the last hole, but happily walked off the course with 37 on the back and a total of 83.
Next round will be 9 holes on Saturday or Sunday. Need to figure out how to get around that first 9 with a good score!
Saturday’s round got off to a shaky start. Or maybe an inconsistent start would be more accurate. I was paired up with a group of guys who grew up together and were now in their late twenties. They turned out to be fun playing partners, if not the best golfers, and it took me awhile to get into a rhythm.
I grinded out a 46 on the front 9 which included 3 bogeys, a double, and 2 triple bogeys. Things went much better on the back 9. I rattled off 6 pars on the first 7 holes before finishing with a double bogey, bogey for a 39. I can’t remember the last time I shot under 40 for 9 holes, and I left the course feeling excited for my next round.
The New Hampshire golf season got its official start today (May 11th). It’s about a month late, but I’m thankful to be healthy and able to play at all.
I had an 6:40 am tee time, but luckily it was cold with a stiff breeze ( 42 degrees with 20+ mph gusts of wind) so I woke up quickly. They had us going off the back nine, and it took a bit to get my game together. I ended up play fairly well despite only hitting into a net for the last 2 months, and practicing only 6 feet perfectly flat putts since October.
My handicap index is currently 17.6, my hope is to finish the season in the single digits. It’s a big drop, but I think I can get there playing 2 times a week.