Hint of Spring and Great Front Nine

With the forecast calling for mid-day highs in the 50’s I decided to make the 90-minute trek to Trophy Lake, one of my favorite area courses.  It turned out to be a delightful day, weather- and golf-wise.  I put in a solid couple of hours at the practice range yesterday so I was excited to get to the first tee.  After a pedestrian bogey on the first hole I reeled off six consecutive pars and ended the front nine at just two over par and 13 putts.  My success continued with pars at holes 10, 11 and 13 so I went to the 14th tee at just four over.  As often happens I hit a stretch where I was bedeviled by that ugly left hook off the tee and went nine over for the final six holes.

Still, it was my best round at Trophy Lake and an 85 at a course with a 128 slope rating is a great result for me.

Trophy Lake, March 8, 2012

Trophy Lake, March 8, 2012

 

This also marked my 12th consecutive  round under 90, tying my best at that stat.  My scoring average over 13 rounds this year is 86.8, really good I think considering the generally crummy weather I’ve played in until today.

Putting Notes.  Although I’ll continue to work most on the longer clubs during the spring trying to improve fairways hit and greens in regulation, I’m still aware of how important putting is.  Over the past three rounds, I’ve holed 24 of 27 putts from ten feet and closer.  That kind of putting inevitably saves two to three strokes per round.

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