We started the new year with decent golfing weather at the beach – high in the mid-60’s, but Cripple Creek was wet and soggy as we have had rain for several days. I love to play golf on New Year’s Day and this year was no exception.
Heading out to the Creek around 9:30, I’d forgotten that one of our members has an annual couples event every January 1st. Getting out in front of them was my most immediate goal so I headed off #10 to play the back 9. Carrying a lighter bag with only 9 clubs, I decided to play 2 balls on each hole and take the worst of the two (2) scores. The temp was warming up, but the wind was tricky. Nine (9) holes later, I was 4 over par. My birdies (2 of them) did not count because I had to take the worse score on my second ball.
All in all – very happy with the practice.
Finishing the back 9 and heading to the first tee, I spotted 4 guys that I play with quite often during the regular golf season. The couples had gotten out of the way and we all decided to play as a five-some – not always kosher in season, but this time of year it works fine.
Because I was only playing 9 more holes (the front 9), the other guys paired off into teams for a match. However, I wanted some action as well as I always play better with some skin in the game. I’m currently a 3 handicap and the other guys included an 8, a 12, a 14, and a 19 handicap so I offered to play them for $1 a hole – my ball versus the best ball of their foursome. If I win a hole, I get $1 from each of them, but it’s $4 for each hole I lose.
The match was fun for me – we halved the first 3 holes with pars and then I won the 4th with a birdie, making a 6 footer on the par 5. We halved the next hole with bogeys and I won number 6 and number 7 with pars – putting me 3 up.
I hit a good drive down the middle on the 8th hole and only had 125 left to the par 4. The shot was into a stiff breeze and had to carry a pond. One brain cramp later, I shanked a wedge into the pond and ended up making a double – losing the hole and dropping to 2 up from 3.
The last hole was routine with a drive in the fairway, a 9 iron to the green and 2 putts for par – unfortunately all four of my playing competitors missed the green and could not get up and down for par.
All in, it was a fun start to 2019 and its always good to start the year with a win.
Next up – DSGA Frozen Friday tournament. Funny enough, it is at Cripple Creek this week. I’ll update the blog with results.