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    Posted: 15 September 2005 at 12:10pm
One Planer finished 4th on rounds of 71-75 146, two over par.  The winner shot 70-72 142, two under.  There was a 143 and 144 for second and third.  It was a very windy day at Port Huron Golf Club.

I was tied for second with another player, one stroke behind the leader, after the first round.  We were paired together in the last group for the final round.  With 3 holes to play, I was still just one shot back and in second alone.  However, both of my playing partners birdied the 16th to my par.  I knew where I stood and that I need to make something happen if I was going to win. 

On the 17th, I made the fatal mistake of getting out of my rhythm on the tee shot and tried to bust one extra hard.  My body got way ahead of my arms.  The result was a big, high push/slice that ended up in a lateral hazard bordering a creek and in very deep grass laying against me.  I had no choice but to play it out sideways. 

When the smoke cleared, I made double bogey.    The eventual winner made easy par.  The guy who finished second made birdie, picking up three shots on me in one hole.  Both the winner and I birdied the final hole, a par 5.  My pitch shot for eagle lipped out and stopped two inches behind the hole.  But it was too little, too late.

I was very disappointed in the way I finished.  In retrospect, my play on the 17th looks a lot like a choke job.  Lesson learned:  stay in your rhythm;  never try to force it.  I don't know how many times I have to learn that lesson before it finally sinks in.

It was not much consolation, but I did win a trophy for low gross in the 60-64 age category.   The good news is that I proved to myself that I can still be competitive with the "younger" seniors.   I'll get 'em next year. 
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Great playing One-Planner. You are tougher than nails for a young man. Keep the heat on em.
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Originally posted by lc2426 lc2426 wrote:

Great playing One-Planner. You are tougher than nails for a young man. Keep the heat on em.


Thanks, lc.  I'll be there!!  
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One-planer:

 

Congratulations on low gross!  I also had trouble closing in our club championship.  I had a great front side with 6 pars and 2 bogeys and a double.  The back side I struggled with my swing and had 3 triples.  I thought I needed birdie on 18 to place in the top 3.  I hit a great drive and 6 iron to 12 feet, misread my put and 3 putted.  After the fact I found I only needed par to finish 3rd!  Sometimes I guess it pays to be conservative but I feel I usually play better being aggressive.  Any thoughts for closing well in a big tournament?

 

Thanks!

 

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Hi One Planer,

Sorry for the misfortune on 17, never the less, well done!.

Regards,

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Originally posted by tallg tallg wrote:

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Congratulations on low gross!  I also had trouble closing in our club championship.  I had a great front side with 6 pars and 2 bogeys and a double.  The back side I struggled with my swing and had 3 triples.  I thought I needed birdie on 18 to place in the top 3.  I hit a great drive and 6 iron to 12 feet, misread my put and 3 putted.  After the fact I found I only needed par to finish 3rd!  Sometimes I guess it pays to be conservative but I feel I usually play better being aggressive.  Any thoughts for closing well in a big tournament?

 

Thanks!

 

Greg



I'm a fine one to answer that question, given the way I just finished.    But I think you just have to stay focused and not get ahead of yourself.  What you don't want to do is what I did standing on the 17th tee.  Stay in your rhythm and don't try to force anything. 

Thanks for the congrats, Greg.

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Originally posted by Magic Magic wrote:

Hi One Planer,

Sorry for the misfortune on 17, never the less, well done!.

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Thank you kindly, Magic. 

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 one-planer:  Thank you for all your help that you have given me and everyone else with your tips.  Hang in there and I know you'll get them next time!

 

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