April saw some pretty nasty weather in the Niagara Region but I still played about six rounds or so during the month. My game has leveled off somewhat after shooting that early season 72 discussed in my last blog post and I actually hit a real rough patch last weekend in London as I prepared to play in the Ontario Better Ball qualifier at Highland Country Club.
We were fortunate to get access to the private course the day before the event and I actually had a lot of confidence heading into this practice round, coming off a pretty solid 75 (+3) the day before at my home club and that was with bogeys on my last three holes.
However, I played a horrifyingly bad round of golf in the practice round, going out in 45 shots before steadying somewhat on the back, finishing with an unsightly 84 (+13) and at least four double bogeys. My partner for the event made an eagle and two birdies and we “ham & egged” it pretty good during the practice round to shoot a 68 on our best ball, a score that would have won the qualifier the next day.
I carried over my poor play to the main event, alternating bogeys with a few pars and notching no birdies in a round of 82 as we’d fail to make it through by five shots, shooting a 76 on our best ball. My partner must have put out his back carrying my sorry butt – I have no real explanation for my play – there is nothing wrong with the course but sometimes a place just doesn’t fit your eye and that was the case with me and Highland. They have incredibly small greens, perhaps the smallest 18 I’ve ever seen cumulatively and I had a heck of a lot of trouble getting birdie putts.
The most disappointing thing wasn’t my game – we all have bad days once in awhile but I was most upset by the fact I didn’t grind *at all*. Those that know me would likely say that’s my best trait as a player – I don’t have innate talent but I grind my ass off almost all the time and usually *hate* giving away strokes. That just wasn’t the case in London on Monday, as I three-putted about four times and just didn’t concentrate the way I normally do. I can only laugh as I think about the last two holes I played, as I was really intent on trying to get *something* out of my round:
Par 4 17th – Perfect drive, lob wedge to 12 feet under the hole, three putt for bogey
Par 4 18th – Perfect drive, another lob wedge approach to 15 feet under the hole, three putt for bogey
Not my day…not my course.
I’m actually taking a rare Saturday off from golf, taking the family up to Toronto to visit the Science Centre. My 3 1/2 year old boy absolutely loved his first experience there last fall so we’re looking forward to heading back again.
Hopefully I can get my Old Macdonald review up sometime soon. Thanks for reading!