Hoping to post a score in the low 80s to eventually get my handicap under ten I teed off on a busy Labor Day morning from the blue tees at Mt. Si. I’m still struggling to hit fairways but I managed to shoot 41+39 for an 80. It was a struggle all the way and I think I ended up with more improbable par saves than on any round I’ve ever played.
1) On #1 I pulled my drive left into the trees. A low five iron settled just right of the green and I chipped to five feet and one-putted to save par. 2) On #5 again my drive went left along the tree line and dropped some 190 yards from the hole. A 4-iron landed short of the green but settled twenty feet past the hole and a two-putt saved another par. 3) On #9 a big yank left off the tee left me well into the trees and 160 yards from the hole. I hit a low 4-iron hook into the hillside short of the green and the ball stopped on the green some sixty feet away. Another two-putt par save left me with six pars and a 41 on the front nine. 4) On hole 14 my drive leaked right where my approach to the green was blocked by an evergreen tree. I hit a 9-iron fade around the tree that stopped on the right edge. A chip and ten-foot putt saved another par. 5) My drive on #17 came to rest some 20 feet right of the green from where I chipped in for a birdie. 6) Finally, on #18 after a dead-center drive my wedge shot landed in the ugly grass bunker in front of the green. My chip out just missed going in the hole and I tapped in for a final par.