King of the Lake (Day 1)

This seems to be a tournament I recap pretty regularly, so let’s get to it, shall we? I slept very poorly last night, which sounds like the norm, but really I’ve been sleeping well for most tournaments. HOWEVER, I’ve slept like crap all week, so that seemed to continue.

Also, I’m going to give a warning – I’m gonna be talking about diarrhea. Not metaphorically. Skip it if you want.

Round 1 – Bijou

We started round one at Bijou, a course I have seemed to play very well lately. It was set pretty short. And my stomach was just unsettled. Not sure why. It could have been a) I’m battling something, b) I didn’t sleep much, c) I ate crap for dinner – CostCo chimichangas, or d) I had two glasses of wine. Whatever the reason, I had two trips to the bathroom before the round began. And another halfway through the round. And then played the last 9 holes (of a 27 hole layout) trying desperately not to crap my pants. Literally.

What did that mean for the round? Oddly, I played pretty well. My drives were solid, although my putter took quite a while to get going (I missed three putts in the circle in my first 9 holes). It took me about that long to get my first birdie, but I ended up throwing a bogey-free 10 down. While that sounds awesome, and it was identical to my first round during the South Lake event last month, it was barely above my rating. Don’t know what today’s round is, it’s not updated. But the leader shot -18, so my -10 will probably be around my rating. Sigh.

After the round I was on 4th card out of 9 (just in the cash if it were only a one-round tournament). A couple more trips to the bathroom and barely any lunch and I drove to Zephyr Cove, a course I am inconsistent with – everything from a 1004 rated round to a 901.

Because of my wonky stomach, I decided not to have a 2nd 5-hr energy drink. I was really tired, but didn’t want to upset anything further. When the round started, I actually felt decent.

Round 2 – Zephyr Cove

I started parring the very difficult hole 4, but bogeyed 5 (drive slipped out and I air-balled a 20′ putt after a great upshot). Birdied hole 6 which I’ve never reached before (I threw the perfect drive and put me 33′ short, and I made the putt). Few pars (just off on my aim) and then a near-ace birdie. Followed by a bogey when I let my drive out early. (You’ll see a pattern… for a while).

Par followed by a near-ace on the really difficult hole 12 (I made the 40′ comebacker) to put me -1. As per usual, I followed it up with a bogey (drive slipped out early). In fact, hole 12 was my last good drive of the round.

I finished on holes 15-18, 1-3 (most are birdie-able) hoping to get one or two and find myself a stroke or two down for the round. But fatigue took over and I griplocked just about everything. Hole 15 griplock and REALLY bad break, giving me no real upshot; bogey. Hole 16, griplock, tough flick up that I didn’t execute and a literally impossible putt. Two bogeys. Followed by two pars (mainly because of a great up on 18). Then bogey on 1 (griplock drive, griplock upshot), par on 2 (hole is too far for me), and then bogey on three (griplock drive, griplock flick up, missed putt).

Man, nothing really worked. Aside from a couple of sick ace runs, the round just sucked. I don’t know where I am in terms of placement (I’m guessing around 28 out of 46 – and they’ll pay 18 or 19) or rating (I’m guessing 970, 930).

My body is craving decent food, so I stopped and bought some salads and am chowing down, washing down my muscle relaxer.

I need sleep and a body that behaves. I can still cash, but I gotta get my head out of my arse, and poop out of my arse too.

Mountain Mayhem recap

It’s been a while, so it’s time to do a brief run-down from this weekend’s tournament. You’ll see by the end why I’m picking this one to review Heh heh.

Round 1 – Kirkwood – I’d only played Kirkwood once, two weeks ago. I shot a par then (one birdie, one bogey, a crapton of pars). In fact, I feel the course is largely a par course. There are birdies to get, but only a few of them are really must-deuce holes. A few holes are tough threes, but certainly not par 3.5s. It’s a par course. So how did I do in round 1? Why, par of course! I shot three birdies and three bogeys. My putter was stone cold and I couldn’t throw an up-shot to save my life (all three bogeys were caused by mis-executed up shots followed by missed putts). I wasn’t pissed off, but I definitely was disappointed. It was “mediocre” as I put it later that night. After one round, I was right in the middle of the pack (they were paying 6 out of 15 and I was in 7th).

Round 2 – Kirkwood – My back started seizing up at lunch, so I downed a pain pill and a 5-hour energy and headed out to Round 2. It was basically a carbon copy of round 1, only more roller-coastery. I managed to snag five birdies on the 19-hole layout, but also took five bogeys. Of those bogeys, three were caused by mis-executed up-shots followed up by not converting my putts. I now have a fear of 100′ approach shots. If there’s a person there, I can put the disc right next to them every time. As soon as it’s a basket? I throw it 30′ short. Huh.

This round seemed more disappointing, though really, it was equally mediocre (both rated in the mid 950s, or roughly one stroke worse than my ‘average’ round). So yeah, Mediocre City.

After round 2, my back was in bad shape. I rode home, took a muscle relaxer, then had trouble sleeping. I managed probably about five hours, but not the full eight I was hoping for.

I show up and see I’m in 9th place, only two strokes from the cash line but also only two strokes from 13th out of 15. We played Turtle Rock, my favorite course out west and one I realized I tend to shoot pretty well at (I average two strokes over my rating a round there).

Round 3 – Turtle Rock – I started out with an anti-inflammatory, a pain pill, and a five-hour energy drink. In practice, I’m feeling pretty good. Let’s hope it translates. I start out with a drop-in deuce on hole 3, a par (on the tough hole 4), and then two tough-luck pars. Still, I’m in decent shape at this point. Then I start to dial it up. A 30′ birdie putt on hole 7 for deuce. Hole 8 is a 350′ anhyzer shot. Paavo in my group steps up and clanks off the cage for an incredible ace run. How am I supposed to follow that up? By throwing an identical shot and hitting the post, that’s how. Deuce on 8. Par on the difficult hole 9. Drop-in birdie on 10. At this point, I’m feeling really good.

Hole 11 is ~777′ and it is tightly wooded the whole way. I throw a killer drive and a decent up. My third shot I forehand straight into a tree in front of me (one of my few missed forehands this tournament). I throw a pretty good recovery Buzzz shot to put me around 30′. This is to keep my bogey-free round alive. And I hit it. Next hole is my nemesis, and true to form I miss my line and it puts me in a bad location. Bad upshot leaves me 50′ out. BAM, hit it. At this point, I say to myself “I’m invincible. Let’s attack the rest of this round”. Hole 13 is a toughie, I par. Drop in deuces on 14 and 15. Par on 16. 17 is an easy par 4, and I throw a great drive and a pretty good up, leaving me 23′ to clean up. I miss a little low. My first missed putt of the round from inside the circle. Hole 1 I give myself a 40′ look for birdie, just bounce out. Hole 2 I have another drop-in deuce.

When all is said and done, I ended up shooting a 50, eight under par. It felt great, and sure enough, it was the hot round of the day (there were a couple of 51s). That round is unofficially rated a 1019, my second-highest ever. I propelled me from 9th to 5th, and in the cash.

It was an uneven weekend, truthfully. My first round I couldn’t putt and my ups were lousy. Second round my ups were horrid and my putting was mediocre (my drives for the two rounds were above average, all things considered). Third round – everything clicked. I hit huge out-of-the-circle putts, had incredible drives, and my up game was solid (and thankfully not all that necessary).

My back feels better than I expected it to. It actually hurt more two weeks ago after playing at the flat Bijou course (though I did play 81 holes compared to 56 this weekend).

KING OF THE LAKE IS IN TWO WEEKS! Woo!