Archive for July, 2010
One week after shooting 80, I repeated that score again this morning at Mt. Si. Noteworthy in today’s round was a birdie on hole #13 (after a birdie on that same hole yesterday) and just 11 putts on the back nine. Given my recent putting woes, I was very pleased to sink eight of ten putts from 10 feet and closer today. And my scoring average for the year stands at 89.84, my lowest ever.
Playing with my golf-crazed neighbor, Darrold Baker, I shot my best score ever at the challenging (136 slope rating) Washington National course–90 from the blue tees. My previous low there was 93 in May of ’07. My short putting woes continued. Although I nearly holed four putts of over 45 feet I missed three inside five feet.
The latest addition to our 2010 landscaping projects is complete: a garden shed. We purchased a pre-fabricated resin structure from Costco and managed to clear the area (four trees and stumps), build the wood foundation and put it all together is just a little over a week. It’s an 8 by 7.5 feet building that looks nice in our wooded setting and keeps our garden tools out of the garage and near where we use them.
Three days after my pathetic performance at Gold Mountain, I shot an eight-over-par 80 at Mt. Si. It was a superbly steady round with 11 pars and just one double bogey. I’ve only shot better than 80 twice: a 78 in June 2007 and a 79 in October of 2009.
The weather was perfect but the golf was pathetic. With a couple of friends I spent the day at the beautiful Gold Mountain near Bremerton, playing both the Olympic and Cascade courses. The morning round on Olympic was just terrible: I shot 55-50 for a woeful 105, one of my worst scores ever. The afternoon on the Cascade course was slightly better with a 96 but I had just three pars all day. And that nice under 90 scoring average ballooned to 90.3 in one day.
With a 42 for nine holes this morning, my scoring average for the year dropped to 89.97 — under 90 for the first time ever!
A cool, misty morning provided perfect weather for me and my golf game was equally delightful. After topping my tee shot on hole number 6 at Mt. Si I pared eight of the next 12 holes to shoot an 82, including 39 on the back nine–my best on that stretch in a year.
A year ago this month we built a new elk-resistant fence in the north-west corner of our lot where the critters repeatedly broke through our old filament fencing. Now we’ve finally completed the additional 120 feet of fencing to the north east lot corner. Gone are the mangled black filament, logs, sheets of bamboo and metal posts bent by the bear break-in last fall.
Now we have a consistent run of green metal fencing strung on eight-foot high 4×4 posts each set in 120-pounds of concrete. And a gravel path leads to a nice cedar gate opening to the neighbor’s lot, a cedar bench and bird bath. It’s a great place for a morning cup of coffee or to watch the sun set on Mailbox Peak to the east.
After three consecutive days of record highs –including 94 on Thursday– the forecast calls for a high temp of just 80 today.
Maybe all the playing and practice is having some effect; at least for a while. This morning I shot 39 over the front nine holes at Mt. Si and added a par on the 10th hole. So I was just three over par through ten holes. Unfortunately, I pulled my tee shot on the par three 11th hole into the woods then hit two poor chips to record a triple-bogey six. That broke my concentration and I had just one more par and three double bogey’s over the final seven holes to end up with a so-so 87. Still, that 39 on the front and seven pars over eight holes was really fun.