Hole # 18, par 5, White tees, 487 yards
Some days you can walk on water and other days, you can’t. The last time I played at Inglewood Golf and Curling Club in Calgary, AB, I started my round underwater. I was just not hitting my drives, irons, wedges or putts. Everything went errant, no matter what I did. With days like that, all you want to do is to give up. I knew I had to do something, otherwise I would be posting a 100+ score.
On hole # 9, I inventoried the damage and moved on. I knew if I could go back to the fundamentals, I would give myself a chance. I turned the scorecard over to show a blank card. It was like starting over again. I cleared my mind and reset. I managed to par holes # 10, 13, 14, 15 and 17. I was only 4 over going to the last hole.
Hole # 18 is a long par 5. It’s a nice stretch of fairway from tee box to green. Both Allen and I hit it straight and long and were the only two balls in the fairway. Tom missed the fairway slightly and Wayne went left but with lots of distance. I decided to lay up with my Callaway 4-Hybrid but ended up hitting it thin. I would have 180 yards left to the green with a low hanging branch on my left and a pond with a fountain on my right. I decided to hit my hybrid, start it right (or towards the fountain) and have it draw in. The distance was a bit scary to do that but I figured it was worth the risk. I kept my head down and made a sweeping shot. Unfortunately, the ball took off towards the fountain. It was short but slowly drawing towards the green. To our amazement, it skimmed the water twice and on the last bounce, it landed pin high on the green. What an amazing GIR! Tom reminded me of my repeat performance on hole # 9 in the last game. He couldn’t believe my ball had so much spin on it. Me too.
I two putted for my sixth par, squeaking under 100 for the round. Mission accomplished.