Just updating you all on my progress on the Niagara Men’s Tour: I shot another uninspiring 80 at Grand Niagara but surprisingly placed in a tie for 15th in the event.
I must admit that the scores have been really high this year so far – hopefully everyone’s just a bit rusty (like me!) and the scores will come down. It’s not good for the tour when 78’s and 79’s get you in the top ten.
I hit the ball as poorly as I can ever remember during that round, hitting only ONE of my first FOURTEEN greens in regulation. I somehow shot a 38 on the front in-spite of this, taking only 11 putts on the outward nine. The wheels fell off with THREE CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE BOGEYS from 10 through 12 but I recovered from there, going even to the clubhouse for the 42 on the back.
I’ve been fighting my swing now for a few weeks and haven’t had a chance to work things out due to the busy schedule. I’m planning on a little after work golf on Friday (first time in awhile for that) in order to work out the kinks. Fundamentals and tempo are key for me – if I get those inline, I’ll be okay.
I’ll have a small preview of the third leg of the tour before the event on Saturday. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go for a practice round out there and will be playing blind. It’s been years since I’ve played the Links of Niagara at Willo-Dell – quick, true greens but a pretty dull and flat layout mean scores will likely be low. I expect at least one round in the 60’s and a lot of sub-75 rounds.
Hopefully I’ll be there too…
I’ll also post a preview of Sunday’s better ball tournament in Bradford, Pennsylvania at the delightful Pine Acres Golf Club. I’ll be teaming up with my buddy Toast for the event and hopefully I can redeem myself after a poor showing last year.