Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tournament Review - 3/28/2015 - Country Club of Salisbury (Salisbury, NC)

Tournament number 4 with the Golfweek Amateur Tour in Charlotte was Saturday.  I was concerned because, since the last tournament two weeks prior, I hadn't had an opportunity to even go to the range, let alone get on a course.  Work sorta took over and kept me busy.  I returned home from Dallas late Wednesday night and had every intention of going to the course on Thursday, but the weather said otherwise... so I went into the tournament kind of blind.  

I did have an opportunity to hit a few balls on the range at the course, but with the wind whipping around... I honestly wasn't overly sure of what my ball flight was like.  It appeared to be that I was going to be playing a fairly strong fade throughout the day, so... I headed into my round with that.

Once again, for the third straight tournament, I started on the 16th hole.  Details are below.

Scorecard Link

Game Golf Link - Country Club of Salisbury - 3/28/15

Hole #16 - Par 4 - 358 Yards

As far as opening holes in a shotgun format go... this one appeared to be fairly easy to start with.  The wind was behind us a little, so I aimed up the left side of the fairway and got the ball WAY up in the air with my driver.  It started well left and finished off the right of the fairway in the rough with the ball below my feet.  I somehow managed to hit my 9 iron approach fat, even with the ball below my feet.  I came up 25 yards short of the pin.  I had problems with pitch shots and half wedge shots all day, and this set the tone.  I had a great lie in the fairway short of the green with nothing between me and the pin.  I sh*nked my sand wedge 60 degrees to the right into the greenside trap.  No idea how I managed that, but... from there, I put the ball to about 14 feet and made that putt for an opening bogey.

Hole #17 - Par 3 - 172 Yards

Another thing I noticed was that I was hitting the ball off the heel on a lot of shots.  I'm 95% sure it's because I've moved closer to the ball, and I didn't have much practice since the last round with my 'new' stance.  I'm lucky I didn't break my club with how close to the hosel I hit the ball with my hybrid off this tee.  It dribbled up into the rough and left me 75+ yards to the hole.  My wedge from there stuck short of the green.  I attempted to putt on from there, but the false front on the green funneled the ball back off to the fringe.  I again used my putter from the fringe and got the ball to about 3 feet.  I made that for a double bogey.  Meh...

Hole #18 - Par 4 - 383 Yards

Everybody walked up to this tee with irons, but the hole was playing into the wind... so I grabbed my driver.  I managed to hit my best drive of the day.  It was a bullet through the wind that hit at the top of a hill and fed down closer to the green.  I had about 105 yards to the hole, I hit it heavy and it ended up going about 85 yards and left me a bad fried-egg lie in the bunker.  I hacked that out but it ran all the way across the green.  I putted from the fringe to about 6 feet, but I missed the bogey putt and tapped in for a double.  Not the best of starts for me... +5 over the first 3 holes.

Hole #1 - Par 4 - 348 Yards

It didn't get much better here.  Another shot that I'm lucky didn't break a club... I managed the squirt the ball at a 50 degree angle to the left with my driver.  It hit a cart path and bounced along that for a few yards and settled 64 yards away.  I had a small opening between trees that I tried to fit a punch 4 iron through, but of course I hit a tree in the center and it advanced only about 25 yards.  I then punched through the trees and left myself about 160 yards to the pin.  I hit what I thought was a good 6 iron, but it came up short.  I chipped on to 13 feet and needed 2 putts from there for a triple bogey.  I started bogey - double - double - triple.  Things weren't looking great.

Hole #2 - Par 4 - 374 Yards

I played this hole fairly well.  My drive was straight into the wind and short (219 yards), but it hit the fairway.  My 6 iron found the green, but I was 38 feet away.  My lag putt left me about 5 feet, but I managed to make that for a par.

Hole #3 - Par 5 - 520 Yards

There are only 3 Par 5 holes on the course.  2 of the 3 were playing dead into the wind.  My drive didn't crack 200 yards on this hole.  I hit what I thought was a good lay up with a 4 iron.  It left me about 180 to the hole.  My hybrid from there immediately started slicing but clipped a tree branch and knocked it down.  If it didn't hit that tree, it very likely would have gone OB on me.  My pitching wedge was well short and I then bladed a chip over the green into a bunker.  I got it out to about 7 feet and played ping-pong with the hole acting as the net.  I made a 9, which was adjusted down to an 8.  Another triple bogey.  I was now sitting at +11 after only 6 holes of play.

Hole #4 - Par 4 - 386 Yards

I was angry at myself while standing on this tee.  I took a big swing with my driver, but again, the ball got WAY up in the air and kind of floated in the wind.  It ended up in the fairway, but it only traveled 196 yards.  I was left with about 200 yards to the hole, but I was afraid of hitting my hybrid because the last 2 times I'd swung that club, it didn't turn out very well.  Instead, I opted for a 4 iron which rode the wind beautifully and landed on the green.  I was 50+ feet away and lagged it up to inside 3 feet, so I tapped in for a par.

On a side note, I was told by one of the guys I was playing with that I needed to get fit for my driver because my shaft was too whippy for me and I was getting too much spin with my driver, which was costing me distance.  I'd never been fitted for a driver before, but it's something I may need to look into.

Hole #5 - Par 4 - 358 Yards

On this tee, I hit what felt like a solid drive, but I was far and away the shortest in the group.  It measured out at only 187 yards.  My 6 iron approach came up short of the green but I was able to chip to about 6 feet and make that for another par.

Hole #6 - Par 3 - 165 Yards

While standing on the tee, we watched the group ahead of us make an absolute mess of this hole.  Our group managed to play it in birdie - par - par - bogey.  I hit a solid 6 iron that funneled towards the hole and left me about 12 feet away.  I missed the birdie putt low and it ran away about 5 feet.  I was able to make the putt for par... my third consecutive.

Hole #7 - Par 4 - 405 Yards

This was the longest par 4 on the course but we had wind helping us.  I managed to hit a drive that didn't float, but I pulled it a little left.  It ended up about 247 yards out, but in the left rough.  My 7 iron approach was weak and well short.  I chipped from there to about 9 feet but I wasn't able to convert that for par.  Instead, I had to settle for a tap-in bogey, ending my streak of pars at three.

Hole #8 - Par 4 - 341 Yards

Another strong swing with my driver, this time into the wind, but another slight pull.  I was just off the left side of the fairway with about 120 to the pin.  There was an overhanging tree between the green and I, but I didn't think it was going to be a problem.  I thought I'd be able to stay to the right of it.  My 9 iron got up quickly and JUST clipped a tree branch.  I hit the front of the green and the ball spun well back off the green due to the false front.  I absolutely bladed my chip and it screamed off the back of the green.  I rolled it from there with the putter to about 6 feet and made that for another bogey.

Hole #9 - Par 3 - 156 Yards

This was playing much longer than the card distance, especially with the wind in our faces.  My 5 iron was a flat-out slice.  Luckily, the green was surrounded by an amphitheater style hill, so the ball hit off that and stayed in play.  I had a fairly simple pitch down the hill to the green, but again... I hit it off the hosel and it went straight right.  In fact, I almost hit 2 of my playing partners.  They jumped out of the way, though... so no damage done.  I putted from the fringe at the back of the green, but the ball ran out on me more than I thought.  I was 6 feet by the hole and I was unable to make that, so I closed out my front nine with a double bogey.

** NOTE - Despite making 2 triple bogeys and a double bogey, I managed to post a 46 (dropped to a 45) for my front nine.  I was certainly not 'happy' about my score.  I felt like it could (and should) have been 3-5 strokes lower.  That said... I also know it could have been far worse.

Hole #10 - Par 4 - 375 Yards

This began a stretch of 3 straight holes that played into a stiff wind.  My drive off this tee was off the fairway on the left side a little bit.  I had tree trouble again, but my 9 iron managed to make it through the tree and ended up just off the green in the fairway.  I tried to putt from there, but there was a bit of sticky grass that caught the ball and I barely made it on to the green.  I left myself 24 feet and needed 3 putts to close out the hole.  Another double... this time after having no trouble off the tee.

Hole #11 - Par 4 - 387 Yards

I flat-out pulled my drive here.  It ended up beneath a set of trees.  There was an opening there, but I was about 190 yards from the hole.  I would have to keep the ball low for the first 30+ yards.  I decided my hybrid was the only play.  I hit it well and it stayed low, but at the last instant, it clipped some of the pine needles hanging down.  This took just enough off of the ball to keep it from reaching the green.  I pitched over the bunker, onto the green.  It left me 8 feet and I was able to make that for my par.

Hole #12 - Par 4 - 377 Yards

I was tired of the wind by the time we got to this tee.  My drive again floated in the wind and only went 188 yards.  My hybrid from the fairway was low, but got blown slightly offline and finished pin-high just off the left side of the green.  I tried to bump my chip into the hill between me and the hole, but I didn't do a very good job.  I barely trundled onto the green and left myself a 12 footer.  I missed that just a bit low and tapped in for a bogey.

Hole #13 - Par 5 - 523 Yards

We finally had a reprieve from the wind here.  Even still, I hit my drive off the heel again and it floated out to the right on me.  I had no shot at going for the green, so I laid back and hit a 4 iron.  It left me about 50 yards to the hole.  I sh*nked that one too... but it left me just off the front-right side of the green.  I chipped on to 5 feet and made that for my par.

Hole #14 - Par 3 - 154 Yards

This was the final par 3 of the day for our group.  I went first here and hit another good 6 iron on a par 3.  It started at the left edge of the green and the wind carried it back.  It finished up 14 feet from the hole.  My birdie putt did NOT break and I STILL don't see how that's possible.  But, I tapped in from 2 feet for my par and headed to our final tee of the day.

Hole #15 - Par 5 - 476 Yards

I think all of us were kind of licking our chops on this tee.  It could have been reachable with a good drive.  I thought I hit a good drive, but all of us kind of made the same sound when the ball dropped out of the sky.  It literally looked like it hit a wall and just fell straight down.  I don't know if the ball was just dead at that point (I had been using the same ball the entire round)... if my driver has something wrong with it... I just don't know.  I DO know that my drives weren't traveling at all for me.  This one went all of 200 yards.  It left me too far to give it a try, obviously, so I hit to a comfortable spot with my 4 iron, leaving me about 105 again.  My wedge from there found the green, but rolled back some, leaving me a 27 foot attempt for birdie.  I hit an extremely poor putt from there and still had 7 feet.  I managed to make that fall for a par to close out the round.

** NOTE - The final 6 holes of the round were played in +3 and I posted a 44 on the back nine and an overall score of 90 (adjusted to 89).  I dropped off the scorecard, put my clubs in my trunk and headed back to the scoring area.  I watched as scores were posted.  For awhile, I was 1 back of 2 others who posted 88's.  The final group had someone come in and post an 85, so I finished 4 strokes back and in 4th place for the second consecutive week.  Another $50 Edwin Watts Gift Card goes into my drawer.

I will not be playing again on tour for 4 weeks.  The next tournament is this coming Saturday, but it is our wedding anniversary and I made a church commitment awhile back to help out that day as well.  The weekend of April 25th and April 26th is a 2 day major.  I will be taking this week off because the kids are home from school... but I will be getting in some quality practice time between now and then.  

I will be missing 2 of the next 3 tournaments (we'll be on a cruise for the other)... so I'm hoping it doesn't have a major impact on my place in the standings.

Round Stats

  • Score - 90 (Club Adjusted to 89)
  • Penalty Strokes - 0
  • Putts - 32
  • Fairways - 6 of 14
  • Greens in Regulation - 5 of 18
  • Up and Downs - 3 of 6
  • Sand Saves - 1 of 3

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