The short version for those who don’t want to read everything: two courses, two days, no pin placements stayed the same (so basically four courses). Deuce-or-die type tournament. I couldn’t throw with anhyzer at all. I took 5 pentalties for the weekend, one of which wasn’t my fault and cost me $80. Hit metal on my third to last hole of the tourney. Tied with 3 other guys for last cash.
Now the detailed version:
1st Round (or Those Damn Ponds!) The first round was at Penn Valley, and it was set up fairly easy. I started with a couple of birdies in my first five or six holes, then started to hit ponds. Now when I say ‘ponds’, I don’t mean water. It was especially dry and there was very little water to be seen. This round, I threw three OB’s, none of which were actually in water. One of the ‘ponds’ did have water, but the OB circle was painted to be about 2x the size of the pond, and I landed dry, about 18 inches short of the safe zone. That cost me 2 strokes (as the basket is about 10 feet beyond it). D’oh! I also had remarkable trouble throwing anything with anhyzer. The course is at 2500′, which isn’t much, yet I couldn’t turn a single disc over, including my Stingray. Very bizarre. I threw four birdies and three bogies, all OB bogies. (My other two OB’s were bad up shots that could have been prevented.) After round 1, I was 5 strokes from DFL and 5 from 3rd place. Nice.
Round 2 (or The Penalty From Hell): Also at Penn Valley with a different 18 pin placements (which produced many easier must-get birdies, but a few much harder holes). I played very solidly throughout the first half the round. I had a couple of birdies and a bogey. Then on my fourth-to-last hole, I step up to a tough hole (hole 1) where your main option is a sky-anhyzer around a mando to try to get a 2-putt. It’s a pretty simple three. In practice, I threw a wide roller and it put me within 50′. Also during practice, I asked who I was playing with WHICH tree specifically was the mando (it wasn’t marked well). I asked: “Is it the big one”, even pointing to the innermost LARGE tree (2′ in diameter) He says ‘yes’. Well, I don’t know what he was thinking about, because the mando tree is a scrawny 8″ tree about 4′ further on the fairway. So during the round I hugged my roller tighter to the trees on the right to try to get a deuce putt. I hit the scrawny guy and it trickled down. I wasn’t too pissed because I had a pretty clear 3 from there. Then my group says I missed the mando (in my head, I was a good 4′ away from the mando). I had to re-tee (I rolled about 2 feet past the mando, and therefore had to re-tee) That’s a two stroke penalty there. I was very upset and shanked my next drive, taking a 4 on an easy three hole. That pulled my -2 to +1. (The last four holes, I went 5, 4, 3, 2, putting me at even). This round I shot 4 birdies again, two bogies, and a double. Even. Not horrible, but with a -2 with only four holes left, it was disappointing. After the second round, I was 15 strokes from 1st, but also 15 strokes from DFL. Hangin’ in there.
Third Round (or Oh Putting, Where Art Thou?): At Grass Valley, this was easily the simplest layout all weekend. Every hole was birdiable, and quite a few were simple (less than 200 without too much in the way) Of course, this is my least favorite type of golf. I started 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, 3, 3. The last of those five were all putts within 30′, and I only hit two. My putting up until then had been great. I proceeded to throw 4 birdies AGAIN and 2 bogeys. Very disappointing considering how easy the layout was. Before the round, I was only a stroke or two off the cash line, but a lame -2 (hot score was -12) didn’t help me. The putting came around in the second half, but it was after my driving stopped being good enough to give me many birdie putts. (My 4th birdie of that round was a gacked drive where I hit a 50′ uphill putt for the deuce) First round without any penalties!
4th Round (or Redemption): Effectively out of the cash without a huge round, I was just playing to have a good time. In Crocs and with a pretty fun group of guys, I headed out. It was a harder layout at Grass Valley, but still plenty of birdie ops. Everything started clicking. Nothing amazing, but nothing horrible. I had a few birdies early on, and was -2. Even when I was throwing pars, I was throwing my drives pretty much where I wanted to. Late kicks off trees or weird skips prevented easy deuces. On hole 14, it is a touch pin placement. For a righty, it’s an S curve with a overstable midrange to a left-slanting quick green, with a 3′ river at the bottom of the ravine. Scary. I threw a perfect shot (it skipped and must have missed the basket by inches). From our vantage point, it looked like it skipped to the other side (safe, and with a good look for a deuce). When we got there, it was wet, so it likely hit the other side and rolled back in. D’oh! I missed the putt and took my only bogey of the round. I followed it up with more solid play: on hole 1 (my 4th to last hole) I hit the cage on a 220′ tricky little hole, and put a VERY tough drive to about 20′ (missed the putt!). Surprisingly, it was enough to pull me into a four-way tie for last cash (too bad about that missed putt, huh?)
Overall: I asked for ‘solid’, and that’s exactly what it was. I didn’t have many egregious errors the entire weekend, although I had very little amazing play. I only had three drop-ins the entire weekend, and only threw 17 birdies when there were probably 50+ out there. My putting was solid, but shaky in the 3rd round. My drives were good, though I had trouble with hyzer angles. And best yet, I got my first CA cash! $20! Woo! (That penalty mando in the 2nd round ended up costing me an estimated $70. If i had missed all the OBs, I would have tied for 7th – d’oh again!)
I did take pics, but my camera seemed to have broke the final round, so I don’t know if you’ll be seeing them any time soon.