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Club Championship at the w/e - Brutal conditions.

IrishGolfer

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So I played in the CC on Saturday. 36 holes for a man with a flakey hip was not a prospect I was looking forward to. Especially in 25 mph winds. So I was hedging my bets on completing both rounds. Full of tablets I completed the first 18 in an 81, (+9). It was like having a fight with Tyson, just brutal conditions, wind and heavy showers. Putting was especially hard. I was happy enough with that effort, I even had two dueces on Par 3s.

Afterwards I was preparing to make my excuses to retire when word got back that the best score of the morning was an 80!! That's a bunch of guys playing off 1,2,3 indexes. So I was lying jnt 2nd in the clubhouse!!

I HAD to play in the afternoon. A brief restbite of soup and sandwiches then saw me reaching for the Ibubrofen and a fresh pair of socks, I decided to give it a shot! Unfortunately the flat stick didn't co-operate and with a lost ball early on, I never really got going. Despite hitting the ball quite solidly I didn't get any breaks and finished with an 84, disappointing. My playing partner putted his way to a fantastic 78 (with 27 putts!) and some spectacular up and downs. I was sure he was the winner. Later I found out that a guy had gone round in 75, which was phenominal scoring, given the conditions. So 156 (81,75) was the winning score, normally around 144-147. Ha! That's links golf for you.

So I shot 81, 84. Normally that would be an embarassing score, but given the conditions it turned out not so bad. Given a few breaks and a few less putts I could have actually been a real contender. I ended up 8th from a field of ~35 limping my way round the last 18 like a lame hunting dog!

I'd love some of you guys to expereince playing in conditions like these.
 

J.P.C.

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Awesome man, congrats on the scoring considering the conditions as you mentioned being not favourable at all!! Yet you put up some decent scores there! once again well done.
 

BigJim13

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Playing in conditions like that really give you a good barometer as to how good of a golfer you are. It doesn't just take sound mechanics but sound mental toughness as well!
 

anonymous golfaholic

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I would love to experience those conditions too! Just to have a chance to play across the pond would be awesome...I've never been out of the country.

I played in an event two years ago, in March, if I'm not mistaken. I had never played the course. The temp was in the mid-30's. It was spitting rain and sleet. Worst thing though was the wind. It wasn't constant but it was gusting so hard that they were having a hard time keeping the flags in the cups. I remember early on, the greens had sleet on them and when you would putt, the ball would kick up slush and leave a trail all the way to the hole. It was insane, they should have called the tournament off. There was several people that dropped out and got their money back. I had just drove 3 hours, so I definitely wanted to play. Plus, I play year round, I'm accustomed to those kind conditions and I thought that would give me an edge. I had on two gloves and so many layers that I couldn't hardly make a full swing. It was a trip. At the end of the day, no one broke 80. I shot and 82 and won my flight by 4 strokes and only 2 guys in the entire field beat me. I won a nice little glass trophy, that is sitting on my desk as I type this.
 

ManchesterGolfer

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Our scratch comp was played the same Weekend but over sat and sun. 76 (+5) was leading the way after the saturday and he went on to win with a 80 on the sunday for a total of 14 over Par, the highest winning score I have ever seen! Wind and rain was brutal.
 

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