As I prepared to tee off this morning I wasn’t expecting much of a round. Winds were howling at 30-40 mph and following yesterday’s 76 I figured I’d most likely shoot a score more in line with my 13.6 handicap. Anything under 90 would have been fine. And that’s how the day started: eight over par through the first six holes.
Then on the 500-yard 7th hole I launched a 270 yard wind-aided drive. I followed that with a 5 wood that stopped on the green just 18 feet from the cup. I missed my first ever eagle putt but the tap-in birdie was followed by two pars for 43 on the front nine.
The back nine was an unusual adventure. Following an easy par on hole 10 I hit my next tee shot into the woods and flailed through holes 11 and 12 five strokes over par. Amazingly enough, though, I 1-putted every hole except number 16 for just 10 putts on the final nine holes and 23 for the round. In spite of some inconsistent ball-striking I shot an 85. That took my scoring average for the year down to 87.87.