been playing ok myself lately. Peaked at the Boards outing in the European with a round of +9 which included 9 pars on the trot from 9 to 17. haven't really had much chance of proper golf since then, been playing teams, foresomes, matchplays.
So Saturday last week I was out in medal in Greystones. Couldn't really get it together which really bugged me as I had been playing so well. Few sloppy putts, pars were hard to find. then striped it up the par5 9th to be greenside in 2 and a nice chip and putt for birdie. this got me back to +8 for the round, not great off 12, but hanging in there. it was back to average after that though till I got to 17. Probably the best birdie I've ever made after a poor drive which found the rough, under an evergreen christmas tree with low branches. 140 yards from pin. I say under a tree, but I could still get a swing on it. just had branches between my face and the ball!!! if I caught it right, 80%chance I would not catch any branches coming out. but I had to catch it right. water in front of a narrow green with bunker at back, it's a hard one to hit. i'm already running up a cricket score so with a slight breeze behind me there was only one thing to do..... go for it. Pitching wedge, caught perfect, missed the branches, landed on front of green, 2 hops and rolled about 5 foot up to the hole to leave me with a 1foot birdie putt
well at least I had something to take away from the day after shooting +18 off 12
then Saturday just gone. I played Castleknock. for the first time in I don't know how long, but genuinely something like 10 + years I started with 4 scratches, thankfully broke the run with 2 solid pars (no shots) then another scratch ….. 8 points for the front 9
then I almost eagle the 10th!! greenside in 2, pin high, lovely chip, 2 inches from dropping... then average again. held onto a respectable 17 points though on the back 9, 25 points though, my worst score in yonks. to be honest, drinking the night before, and up early for kids birthday parties was not the prep to play golf and I was just shattered by the end of it. (that's my excuse anyway)
anyway, now 12.3 and danger of slipping further if I don't get my act in gear. not what I wasn't when i'm targeting getting to singles figures