During yesterday’s round, I impaled myself on a chunk of sagebrush. Because of that, my leg swelled up last night and it was extremely painful. So I began favoring it, throwing my back out during the night, amidst my three hours of sleep. There, that ought to cover my excuses.
I start out on a very difficult hole 1 – throwing it within 10′ for an easy birdie, the only one. One off the lead. I throw a perfect spike hyzer on my second shot, landing it within 10′, only NO!!! It hits off a rock and skips thirty feet past! I miss the putt. Oh well. Hole 3 (you’ll remember I 4′ed it during the final round of King of the Lake and lost the playoff on that same hole) – I throw a great shot, finally past the guardian trees that were my nemesis. BUT NO!!! I hit a tiny branch past the trunks that knocks me down. One bad upshot and putt later, and I 4 that one. Hole 4, I play the flick, which is the “safe” shot, having the disc hyzer INTO the hill as opposed to down it. I get a nasty skip and I go down the hill anyway. I take another 4. Five holes in and I’ve had three bad breaks. Then the wheels come off (bad to say AFTER two 4s). I just start throwing terrible shot after terrible shot. I miss two putts within 20′ for birdie, and after the front nine, I’m +2. Now I’m just hoping for last cash (4th out of 8 – they’re thankfully paying deep)
I start to pull out of it with three birdies over the next seven holes, bringing me back under. With two holes left, I’m tied for third, pretty much out of contention for 1st and 2nd. The guy I’m tied with birdies both, and I bogey both. Fortunately, the guy behind me didn’t play hot and I snuck into last cash. Second pro cash in a row.
What went wrong? Everything. I just felt weak, distracted, and in pain. Once I had those bad breaks, I got into my own head “I have to make this putt to stay in it… this is a must-deuce hole” I wasn’t playing my shots anymore, I was playing the tournament. Pro rookie no no.
Anyway, it was fun, and I’m glad to be done with it. Taking a little vacation from disc golf. Too much other stuff going on.