I’ve not updated this blog in a very long time, but 2016 was an up and down year as far as my game goes.. I won a few events, and not placed well in as many – kind like the game itself, inconsistent and always chasing that perfect strike. My index has been hovering between 5.5 and 8 with my low index occurring in October at a 5.4, currently it is at 6.8 and I expect it to stay pretty close to that entering into the new year.
Went to visit Alan Fink and Lindy in Charleston for the 2016 GC Am Tour event at Kiawah Island during St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. Played great during the practice round, If I remember correctly, I shot 76, the tournament rounds were not quite as good – 93 on the Ocean Course and then 84 on the Osprey Point course on Sunday – couldn’t blame my caddie, Wayne, as he guided us in all 3 rounds, I just didn’t hit the shots I needed to when I needed to hit them. Also got to play Alan’s home course, Links at Stono Ferry with Alan and Craig Ford – Great guys and I look forward to my next trip in March 2017.
Chris Ladd and I made it through 3 rounds of the NCGA E-club 4-Ball match play, losing our match to a birdie on the 19th hole by a guy who hadn’t hit anything close or made any putts all match.. disappointing…
Was asked to fill in at the NCGA Couples Modified Alternate Shot event with Terry Levis – It was the first time I’d ever played in this type of event, and even though we didn’t find our stride until the final 9 holes on Sunday at Quail Lodge shooting an even par 36, and finishing near the bottom of the first flight, I had a great time. Perhaps we can do a little better than that next year if she’ll have me back as a partner..
Won the November Stableford event at Half Moon Bay, shooting a 81 with a 3 over 39 on the back 9. but I 4-putted the ninth green for 42 on the front 9 or I would have broken 80 there. Currently leading the Points list for the 2016 Legends Cup and I’m going to miss the December event due to a AmTour tournament scheduled for the same day.
Won the Low Gross and finished 2nd Low Net at the Coyote Creek Member appreciation 4 person Scramble with Robin Brabb & Bill and Merry Ayers. We shot 62 gross and 59 net. We hit a number of very good shots that led to makeable birdie putts, and Bill’s 7 iron from 168 on #17 led to an eagle putt by Merry. Well done Team!!!!
I started playing on the GC Am Tour again for the 2016/2017 season on the Sacramento tour. I won at Poppy Hills, shooting 83 to Nilo Mia’s 84, and then finished dead last in the Sr. Hogan flight at Carmel Valley the very next day, shooting 92.. Depressing, but I have yet to play well at Carmel Valley..
I got very close to breaking par for the first time in November on the Coyote Creek Valley course, shooting 1 over on each side for 74. I also scored a 78 on Dec. 11th on the Tournament Course with a 1 over 38 on the back 9, highlights included a chip-in birdie on 11, a lip-out birdie putt on #13, and near misses for birdie on both 17 & 18.. could’ve been a little lower…
The highlight shot of the year was a hole out eagle on the Par 4 fourth on the valley side – 186 yards with a 5 Iron.. Knew it was on-target, and didn’t see it on the green when i got there, so had both my wedge and putter with me when i found it in the hole.
I’ve updated my gear with a set of Fourteen TC-888 Irons, Great feel with these Forged Irons from Japan. They put the Mizuno JPX850 into the spare bag. I also acquired a new Titleist 917D2 Driver with a Aldila Rogue C-Max, although I am still gaming my 915D3 with the Whiteboard shaft as I feel it is just a little more controllable. I also changed putters to the new Cameron Newport Notchback, great feel, face balanced, and I can see it set up square.
December holds the next AmTour event at Teal Bend with a tour party Saturday night at Top Golf in Roseville – Never been to one of these, but hear they are a good time and I’m looking forward to seeing how this operates.
Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year to all, I promise to be more active on this blog in 2017.