Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mission Almost Accomplished in Round 1

My goals were to commit to every single shot and to enjoy the entirety of the round on day one of this week's Tarheel Tour event. With the exception of a few mentally weak moments, I achieved both goals. I relaxed and enjoyed myself, and for the most part, I played nicely.

I can sum up my round like this: mediocre to lousy driving, good iron play, decent short game, and streaky putting. It all resulted in a one-over-par 72 to start the event. Not a great score, but certainly a round that leaves me with a chance to get myself into contention in the coming rounds.

I'm still just not quite comfortable over the driver. I hit some really good drives today, but I also hit enough poor ones to let me know that I'm not in a good rhythm yet. My iron play today was as good as it has been in a while. I was trying to work the ball a little bit, and I hit a few really nice little fades into a couple of right pins on some par threes. It was fun! On the greens, I'm a little bit lost right now. I just don't have a whole lot of belief in my stroke. I was able to turn my brain off on the course today and just let my instincts roll a few good par-saving putts into the hole, but I really do not feel right over the putter right now.

Golf is a funny game, though. Sometimes you find success when you least expect it. I honestly believe that if I stick with the same game plan of committing to each shot and enjoying myself on the course, that I will play a great round of golf in round two. I'm excited to get out there and have another shot. I'm ready to kick some butt!

I tee it up at 1:20 in the afternoon at Columbia Country Club in round two. Check here for the good news afterwards!

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