I’ve been scoring pretty well over the past several weeks with seven rounds in the 82-83 range but haven’t been able to put together eighteen holes steady enough to break 80. Yesterday, I started out with a two-over par 38 on the front nine but then went eight over for the next six holes and settled for an 83. I went out this morning just because it looked like with the weather and our schedule I might not be able to play again this week.
The round began with a poor drive left into the trees and a two-putt from six feet for a bogie. But surprise, surprise, I shot even par golf for the next nine holes and played the back nine at four over par for a 77, one of my best scores ever. It was a very unspectacular round for such a solid score. I had just one drive over 220 yards and my longest made putt was just 7 feet; no chips ins from off the green. My success today was due to unusually good short iron and wedge play that yielded 10 greens in regulation and several birdie opportunities, two of which I was able to convert. The most exciting shot was a 7 iron that stopped just 14 inches from the cup on the 156 yard par-three, 17th hole. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a tap-in birdie before.
This was just my seventh round under 80 but the 5th in the past eleven months. In six rounds so far in July, my average score is 83. I hope I can keep it up the rest of the summer.