Had a lovely round on Monday at the Frog with Fairwaybomber, Goldy and JoeT. It was the first time I had played there since someone cracked the sads with the management and it was taken off the OOM roster. And the first time since GSM had taken over the management of the course. Hats off, the course was in fantastic nick generally, though as to be expected still a bit damp in places from the recent rain. The only spot that really suffered from it for mine was the bunkers, which were just wed mud. I didn't play well out of them at all, though from observation, those more familiar with wet Frog conditions went alright.
Dwayne was decent all day save for a little wobble in the middle. A pull hook is always an indication that I am not trusting the swing and trying to steer the flight with my hands. Soon got over that but it cost me a wipe. On an open course, we found we lost a few balls in the long grass that we would have thought were findable - just struggled to properly identify where to look when it when in there, maybe.
FWB had a cracker of a day until I put the mozz on him by telling him he was having a cracker of a day. Goldy and Joe were both solid and scored well. I had a more mixed day.
I wasn't far off, with a few lovely holes and 6 or so pars from memory playing off 17. But I had too many wipes particularly on the front. Putting was a little ordinary with a few too many misses and my short game particularly let me down, even leaving the bunkers aside. Ended up with 28 for the day (which didn't flag, Michael).
Take some encouragement from the fact that I felt that my game wasn't that far off. I have stroke on Saturday for the medal of medallists, so am going to try and play sensibly. Only have to beat 6 or 7 people in the field to come away with that one, so a real opportunity if I just keep the big mistakes off the card - all being well I don't need to have a fantastic score to win the day.
Later in the month am off on my old ladies' golfing trip to the Murray to play Black Bull and Cobram Old, and am looking forward to that. Always a slightly different feel and culture to the nationals.
Then the rest of the year it is pretty standard club golf. Happy with that as I have been busy doing all sorts of other things lately, so will be nice to try and get into a bit of a groove and play some decent rounds coming into summer. Want to see what advantage the courses drying out and given me a bit of run will do given that Dwayne now seems to be largely under control for the first time in a few years.