Well this morning came rather quickly as my little one decided to wake me up a few times in the night and again just before 5am. I don’t need much encouragement to get up on a golf morning, so I went to get the bottle warm, handed it and the baby to my wife and descended down into the lounge. It was bright but cold and we were just glad to see 18 greens and no frost. The temp was sat around freezing but the wind chill was a chunk colder. But we were on the course!!
The new 710cb irons from Titleist were getting a run out today so I was eager to have a good round. 5 of us turned up for the comp and I paired up with the father and son pairing of Pete and Carl Martin (lefties). We tee’d up first after giving our favourite professional the usual morning stick.
My round started with a thin tee shot followed by a failed escape from a green side bunker (bogey 5)…. To be quite frank it didn’t get a lot better than that but the new irons performed well. Ball striking was solid / clean and distance was good. I was just off the mark which meant another 5 bunkers over the round and a lost ball on the 5th when going for the par 5 in two. All that meant I scrambled round to a disappointing 82 after lipping out an eagle on 17 and hitting the pin for a birdie on 18.
Like I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I think my poor shotting only spurs the Slicer on and with a grin on his face from the moment I hit that toilet tee shot on the first I think he knew he wasn’t going to be writing the review this weekend.
I don’t have masses to comment on the rounds of Neal or Matt, but the continued chesire grin on Matt’s face as we passed told us everything we needed to know. Neither Matt or Neal started particularly well but both pulled it together quickly on the front 9 and got to the turn under their handicaps. Neal fell apart a little as we turned into the bitter wind on the back nine and three doubles to finish meant he dropped away and recorded 34 points in the comp.
Not good enough to keep up with Matt who matched my back nine 39 and steadily made his way to a superb 41 points. A great result in the biting wind with freezing hands.
We will be returning to the course this Monday where Neal and I need to pull our fingers out and stop the rot, or more importantly stop the Matt Clifton-Bowley train!!!