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    Posted: 26 July 2006 at 6:39pm

Played today in the South Jersey Golf Assoc. Amaeteur Championship with all the young dudes.  Shot a 79 and finished 15th out of 42 players.  I am very happy that I started fairly well, bombed my opening tee shot, nice 8-iron to the green and then proceeded to 3-jack from 35 ft. and then birdied #2, parred #3, left a 12 ft. downhill birdie putt short on #4 and birdied #5 to go to 1-under after 5 holes and then parred #6 after again leaving a short birdie putt short.  Theme for the day as I missed 7 birdie putts inside 15 feet including about 4 inside 10ft.  I just could not get good reads all day.

I am disappointed because after I got it to 1-under through 6 my mind was going "whoa boy, this is the best you have ever played in a tourney" and I bogeyed the next 3 holes to finish the front 9 at 2-over.  The focus diminished with each hole on the back nine and I shot 5-over with a few bad decision tee shots on narrow fairways where I should have played Tiger conservative, and a 60ft. 3-putt. 

Overall, I played very well for the majority of holes and struck lots of great shots affording birdie opportunites.  My iron play was right on today and the missed birdies are an indication of what can be it I can keep my emotions under control.  Considering this was my first go it alone competition in 3 months, since my blowup in April, it went very well and was a great learning experience.

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Good result, Hayes.  You did what we all have done, though, got excited over a good start and then projected the good play all the way to the end of the round.  It's funny how that rarely works.  It's the golf gods at work.  They live in our minds.  Ask any player who has that mystical ability to go really low how he does it, and he will tell you that his mind-set when it's going good on the early holes is to "get more birdies".  

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You got it, Pards.  It was a great day as I just hit some awesome shots, both from the tee and fairways.  The greens had me, as well as many others, confounded all day.  I was actually thinking of OP at one point as I was just rotating and rotating with the right elbow behind the hip.  I was sticking 180-190 yd. irons inside 20 ft.  It was a very good measure of how I can play in a tourney environment.  I need to get out and  play as many as possible to get this mental thing straightened out.
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Originally posted by hayes959 hayes959 wrote:

You got it, Pards.  It was a great day as I just hit some awesome shots, both from the tee and fairways.  The greens had me, as well as many others, confounded all day.  I was actually thinking of OP at one point as I was just rotating and rotating with the right elbow behind the hip.  I was sticking 180-190 yd. irons inside 20 ft.  It was a very good measure of how I can play in a tourney environment.  I need to get out and  play as many as possible to get this mental thing straightened out.


You're exactly right, young fella.  Play under the gun as often as you can.  You seem to be on the right track with your swing.  Could your shot game need a little work? 

Mine definitely needs work. 

 
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OP.

The short game has been great.  Could not read the greens.  I wasn't alone.  The guy in the group behind us, a very good player, had 40 putts.  Just tough to get a read.

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