After a wonderful dinner at the Beach Club last night, the 10 of us teed it up on Dye Fore for Day 2 of the trip’s Stableford Tournament. We just made the times and had no opportunity to warm-up, hit any shots or practice any putts. It was right to the tee on Chavon and go! It was going to take a few holes just to get loose.
I was paired with Shaun, Dave, and Ray today. Shaun is a solid player from New Mexico and a +1 handicap. Ray runs the Tour on the Shore and UA National Amateur Championships and is an 11 handicap. Dave and I paired up to play Shaun and Ray in a better ball Nassau match. Shaun and I played from the Blue Tees at 6500 yards and Ray and Dave played the White Tees at 6000 yards.
Despite the lack of a warm-up, I played the first 5 holes in 1 over par – doesn’t that figure? Shaun was 2 over and Dave and I had a 2 up advantage in our match. Things changed after 5 however.
On the par 3 running along the Chavon River which flowed in a deep gorge below, I hit an iron short of the green, shanked a chip and then took 3 putts to card a 5 – double bogey. My partner Dave held us together with a nice par, but I was evidently done.
After a bogey on the next hole and a drive just 25 yards short of the uphill, 305 yard par 4 8th, I shanked another pitch shot and made bogey. This was followed by another bogey on 9 which ended the front nine at 42 – very disappointing. My partner, trying to hold me up, went double, then double, and then a bogey to finish the front. We halved the front nine and lost a press, but we were not playing well. I’d only scored 12 Stableford points and Dave only 10. Ray matched Dave and Shaun earned 14, shooting 40.
The back nine (Marina) starts with a 500 yard par 5 that was reachable in 2 shots. After a 3 wood to the front of the green, I was able to 2 putt for my first an only birdie of the day. The match saw each team never more than 1 up through the back nine, but I missed a 3 foot birdie putt on 15 and then missed a 15 foot birdie putt on 17 to let our opponents get back 1 up on the match. Dave and Ray struggled on the back, making 5 and 3 double bogeys respectively. Shaun was playing well – even par though 17 on the back. Luckily, I bogeyed the 18th with a stoke which beat Shaun’s bogey and evened the match.
I ended up shooting 39 on the back for an 81, but only 28 Stableford points bringing my two day total to -6 to quota. Shaun earned 32 points, bringing him to -2 to quota after 2 days.
Stableford Summary Day 2 – Score vs Quota
- Phil +4
- Chris Even
- Shaun -2
- Jeff -6
- Steve -13
- Dave -14
- Ray -17
- Tom -18
- Mike -19