The Monkey’s Off My Back!

In Golf by Matt1 Comment

It is with great pride that I announce here on my blog that the second of my 2009 golfing goals has been met.  I set out to break 80 this year from the tips and this past Sunday I shot a 78 from the black tees at my home course, Schneiter’s Bluff Golf Course!  I’m really excited about it as I believe I got a glimpse of what it takes to be a good golfer.  I shot 42 on the opening nine and then bogueyed 10 and 12 to start out the back.  They are actually 2 of the easier holes, so I could have been pretty discouraged, but I just decided to keep plugging away.  I missed my birdie on the first par 5 at #13 simply because of a ridiculous pin placement and then I felt I was running out of holes.  However, I did manage to birdie the 15th hole to get back to 1 over on the back and 7 over on the round.  I just needed to par out.

I had a great up and down on 16, a tap in par on 17 and then holed a 30 foot birdie putt from off the green on 18 to shoot 36 on the back nine.  The last 4 holes, I just felt so focused…I didn’t hit shots perfectly, but I minimized my mistakes and took advantage when I could.  Those last 4 holes, I think I got a taste of the kind of mental focus I need to consistently shoot in the 70’s.  Haven’t been out since then, but I am looking to do it a couple more times before I go to Georgia and play Grand Island again.  I shot 81 from the blues there last year…I’m going to move up to the big boys’ tees and try to break 80 there as well.

Eventually I will get around to setting some goals for 2010, but I need to think about it.  With a season pass at Schneiter’s already in my pocket, I should be heading for my best scoring year and I have my sights set on the State Amateur qualifying again.

  • Jeff Cornick

    Congrats Matty! You the have the potential to play very well all the time. Keep focused and you will continue to shoot great scores….now lets find whoever stole my golf clubs so I can start playing again!