But hold on a minute. Last week I did sign a card for a 73, representing a 4 over round at Chilworth (par 69). Ok, I will ‘fess up and admit that I was only one of three players who signed that card as part of a team in a Texas Scramble which was the form our Tuesday competition took on that occasion. But what that outcome shows is that even players at the longer end of the handicap system (our combined handicaps totalled 72) have it within them to play the shots needed to put together a highly respectable round of golf. If only we could do it individually!
Things started well with a birdie on the 10th (our first hole) set up by my tee shot with a pitching wedge and then settled into a steady pattern with pars on the rest of the back nine. Mind you, quite a few further birdie opportunities got away from us on the greens, with the ball determined to do anything put drop in the hole. So we were 1 under as we turned and faced the more challenging front nine.
The par 5 first was duly parred, but things fell apart rather seriously on the par 3 second, playing at well over 200 yards over the water – all three of us duffed our tee shots, and we scored a double bogey 5, putting us 1 over for the round. And that was that. Whereas on the first ten holes played we had been quite clinical, now we struggled to keep the ball under control, and three bogeys and four pars over the next seven holes saw us end up 4 over for the day.
A little disappointing, maybe – something around par was needed to get in the money – but we came away from the round with the knowledge that we have at least a one in three chance of putting a decent round together.