Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bad Finish but Good Golf in Round 2

I played great in the second round today at Northstone Country Club. I drove the ball very well, hit a lot of very good iron shots, and, for the most part, putted nicely. I double bogeyed the last hole of the day to finish with a two-under-par round of 70. I played much better than that, but my seven-under-par total through two rounds has me in a nice position to make a great move on the weekend.

I played so well today. I really did not hit any bad shots until the 14th fairway where I chunked a pitching wedge from 118 yards in the middle of the fairway. This shot and a lack of commitment on the ensuing four-foot putt for par led to my first bogey of the tournament. I recovered with a nice birdie on the 16th hole and a good par on the difficult par-three 17th. Then I walked to the 18th tee, which is the most demanding tee shot on the entire course. I had considered playing conservatively off of the tee, but decided instead to trust myself and rip the driver. I committed and smoked it right down the center of the fairway, leaving myself just 130 yards for my second shot. With a wedge in my hand, I proceeded to completely butcher the hole. A bad shot, and poor chip, and three putts later, I was done with my second round. A disappointing end but I can't let that erase the great feelings the round had me feeling all along.

My game is good. If I can be patient and not try to force anything this weekend, I really feel like I'm going to play well and move up the leaderboard. I tee it up at 8:10 tomorrow morning at Cowan's Ford Country Club. I'm going play patient, play well, and have fun! Check back here for some good news!

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