Okay, update time from the Stableford round at Keysie .. and it started off as a complete farcical situation.
After a morning of a few jobs round the manor I cruised down to Keysie, only to find when I opened the rear of my vehicle, that lo and behold, my clubs and buggy were nowhere in sight.
As the blood drained down to my feet I realised I had two choices ....... do the mad dash all the way home again in order to retrieve them from the garage ....... or call into work in Dandebong, and borrow a set of clubs, buggy, balls, glove etc.
Home won out ..... and with the clock ticking I set off ....... With just 10 minutes before my allotted tee time, I pulled once again, into Keysie's car park. (Hopefully there will be no correspondence from Frank's mates on my um, rapid driving).
A few quick putts and chips and I made my way to the first tee. What was to have been a relaxed chat and few lazy practice balls on the range pre round to warm up, had me now stressed and worse, my hip was playing up like a bastard.
I managed a half decent drive off the tee, and we were away. A nice 3W to just short of the green, a chip to pin high right, and a missed birdie putt that stayed straight, and it was in for par.
By about the 4th hole I knew it was going to be a tough day as the hip pain was getting worse not better, and I was trying to stretch and loosen it at every opportunity, all to no avail.
At the halfway mark I was either 1 or 2 over (20 points), and had hit mainly fairways and greens.
The back half started off quite interestingly, on the 300m or so par 4 10th hole. I hit 4 iron off the tee and it ran like Usain Bolt through the rough, to sit (still in the rough) about 67m out from the flag.
I then went for a 3/4 lob wedge, and bladed it ........ 53m past the flagstick. After getting the rangefinder out for my birdie attempt .... I then lobbed it back over onto the green about 15 feet from the hole, and then drained the par saving putt .... stupid game!!
The back half went along smoothly until I found my first greenside bunker of the day, the result was a wipe, after blading one way over the green off a bare downslope lie. The second wipe of the day was also from a greenside bunker ..... and pretty much the same thing happened, it flew the green, and I didn't get the up and down for a point.
I saved my 3rd and last wipe of the day for the 18th, when I just couldn't swing through one more time (the hip was just killing me by then). I blew the drive high, wide, and left ..... and deep into the crap, and carved it around in the deep stuff for a while before having one long putt for a point, that missed.
So it was 15 points on the back half, for 35 in total (9 over).
I thought that was pretty good given my lack of preparation, the constant friggin pain, and 3 wipes on the back half ...... eg the dodgy bunker lies that cost me. (I was always going to blow the 18th tee shot as my body had had enough a hole or two before then).
It was a fun day though, despite a few trials and tribulations both before, and during the round.
So that's golf until next week ...... and just a quick medical update, the bloody hip was much better today, wouldn't you know it .......
Edited by GPJ_Longdriver, 13 March 2018 - 05:05 PM.