I started back in June with a goal to break a score of 100 in Golf. I also have a goal to consistently break 100. I can officially report that I have accomplished the first of these goals.
Last week I was away on vacation in Maine and in Vermont and was able to play two rounds of 18 and one round of 9. My first round of 18 was just miserable as I shot a terrible score of 117. I played at Champlain Country Club in St. Albans, VT. It was another of those rounds where I couldn’t even make solid contact with the ball. I felt defeated and really didn’t know where to go or who to turn to.
As the week went on there were plans of playing another round of 18 but I wasn’t really looking forward to playing. I knew that I should play as there is no bad day on the golf course but overall I just didn’t feel excited as I expected that I would once again shoot in the high hundred teens.
I decided to go regardless and I started game planning in my head how I wanted to play my round. I tried to visualize each tee shot and what I wanted to focus on. Below you will see the goals that I had for the day.
- Accurate Tee Shots
- Chip and Run 100 Yards and In
- Two Putt
- Stay composed
Accurate Tee Shots -A lot of my struggles come from the Tee. In my mind I know I can stroke the ball 250 and straight, as I have done it on rare occasion, so I think on many occasions “this is one of those times”. Deep down I know I havent had enough practice to feel confident in this club so I try and fight the urge to use it.
Chip and Run 100 Yards and In - I’m actually really good for some reason at using my 8 iron to chip and run from 100 yards and in. When i try and use finesse and flop it on the green I always seemt o miss and just create more work for myself. My goal for the day was to chip and run everything and see how it helps my game.
Two Putt - If I can two putt every hole I will break 100 consistently. Simple.
Stay Composed - I’m learning so I cant beat myself up if I hit a poor shot. I want to play and have my playing partnes have no idea how I’m personally playing.
This leads us to the first tee shot. Often times this is where I lose all my confidence for the entire day. Usually I step to the tee box praying that I hit a nice shot with my driver but on this day I decided I would use my 3 iron hybrid and look to get it about 200 yards and straight.
The first hole at Alburg Country Club is a dog leg right that forces you to get the ball about 210 out in order to clear trees and have a nice shot to the green. I stepped up and pushed the ball a little right and didn’t hit the ball completely flush. I hit it about 190 just off the right fairway and found myself in a situation I was familiar with. The only shot I had was to try and run it up to the green with a low burner.
That is exactly what I did. I stuck it about 20 yards off the green and this was a HUGE confidence booster. I chipped on and was looking at a 15 ft par putt. I stuck it about 2 ft from the cup and tapped in for a bogey 5.
I was feeling good.
Things were going well for the entire front 9. I played lights out (for me) and even scored a par on the 4th.
As the day went on I started to feel the pressure of “Breaking 100” push down on me. I stepped to the last tee and knew that I had to score a 7 in order to get a 99.
With my tee shot I hit a perfect drive and was about 150 from the hole. This is right where I didn’t want to be though. My biggest weak spot right now is about 170-100 yards. I don’t have a club I feel comfortable with so said to myself I will just hit two 8 iron chip and runs and look to get on the green, two putt and get out with a 5 and call it a day.
Well I chunked the chip and run about 10 yards, left the second chip and run short of the green by about 30 yards. I chunked the next chip to get on the green and was sitting on shot 5 knowing that I had to hit it close in order to give myself a confident two putt situation.
I stepped up to the ball and never felt more nervous playing Golf. My brother in law screamed out “are you going to do it?” I smiled and said nothing and stepped up to the ball again. I brought my putter back and rolled it by the cup by about a foot. My playing partners said I was “good” and picked my ball up.
I immediately screamed for them to put the ball back to where it was. I wanted to make this put to finish out the first official Breaking 100 round of my life. They thought it was silly, maybe it was, but it meant a lot to me.
I put the ball down and sank the 1 ft put for a final score of 99.
The best part about shooting the 99 is the confidence I have that I can be a good golfer. I played lights out on the front 9 and missed a handful of puts that rimmed out. On the back 9 I played SUPER tight towards the end as I knew i was close to breaking 100 so i think I could possibly duplicate the front 46. I honestly felt like I could have shot a 90 overall. Who knows though.
Some other exciting news. I have my official handicap. I’m a 26. This doesn’t include my 117 or 99 which will be added in after August 15th.
Can’t wait to hit the links early tomorrow morning! Also needed to seriously get involved in a workout plan. I haven’t spent the time needed to really dedicate myself to it. I need a better schedule for all this.