It’s been a busy 5 day of golf in a row. The weekend was the qualifier of the Olympic Club Championship with about 80 guys vying for the 16 match play spots. I tied for 6th and then won my first match on Sunday. This Saturday is the quarter finals in the morning against old time friend Phil Huff, with the winner advancing to an afternoon semi-final match.
The finals will be on Masters Sunday for a grueling 36 hole final match. Monday thru Wednesday was the California State Senior Amateur against the best senior amateurs in the state at Poppy Hills. My 75 on Saturday from the tips at the Olympic Club was OK, not great, but got the job done.
Monday in the State Amateur it was a very unusual day of mental error and mental error. Made two double bogeys from the middle of the fairway, and never got anything going. Day two on my 6th hole (the par three 15th hole at Poppy Hills) I pulled a 6 iron in the left bunker, then sculled the bunker shot to the back bunker, followed by a shank into the same bunker, followed by a decent shot to 4 feet from the hole for double, but no, missed it and made a triple bogey 6. The good news is from that point on, I played -2 for the last 30 holes, which included a ninety foot eagle putt on the 18th hole on day two.
However the best part of this boring story about how I played was that before the last round I went to the short game practice area to find only fellow NCGA Hall of Famer Casey Boyns. I asked Casey whom I regard as a short game wizard, how does he hit his bunker shots. he told me he takes the club on the outside going back and cuts under the shot. It worked beautifully at the practice bunker, and the one bunker shot I had on day three was my best in a long time, so thank you Casey. The pros I’ve been talking to about bunker play want everything more square, and not to the outside, but clearly that does not work for me. What works for you??
I ended up shooting 76-72-72 for a T6th and will probably not lose any ground in the WAGR amateur world rankings, but honestly I. am caring less and less about my ranking, and more and more about becoming a better putter…lol
So this weekend I am going to putt like I have not putted in a long time, I am going to shock these young kids I’ll be playing and will keep a positive attitude.
NOW TO THE GOOD STUFF
A buddy of mine read my “Rahm will win the Masters Blog” and shot me a note that he’ll take me on for $1000, me with Rahm, and him with Rory. But they must win to collect the $1000, with a $100 on who finishes higher. I did not enjoy rooting for the hot headed Rahm and was disgusted with his bogey bogey start on his 2nd and 3rd holes. But loved his -6 over his next 9 holes to get to -4. He ended bogeying the 7th hole (his 16th) and finished -3 which is a OK start, not great.
Paul Casey is always shooting these great rounds, but can he follow up his 65 with another round in the 60’s, I say he can. Tiger shocked me with his bogey free round, but watch out for DJ and JT tomorrow with the back nine left to play, they could get to 6-8 under on round 1.
Exciting stuff, but don’t enjoy seeing mud balls squirting everywhere at Augusta. I do agree with the NO clean and place, they have never done that in the History of the Masters.
Stay tuned for more on the Master and OC Club Championship
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