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1920551_10101077522044227_1894234395_n“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Reverse that and you basically summed up my golfing week.  Played a couple rounds this week at my current favorite course the Vineyard and had two completely different rounds.  On Monday the 16th, I shot a disappointing 79 (+9).  Just didn’t feel comfortable with my swing all day and could not hit it where I wanted.  Was missing greens badly even from when I managed to be in the fairways and short sided myself all day.  Stats overall actually weren’t terrible; 7 of 14 FWs and 10 of 18 greens, but was only 2 of 8 on up and downs because I was missing short side and had two 3 putts on 15 and 16.  After playing so well for the past month with consistent low scores, I was certainly frustrated with this round, but tried to keep a positive mindset and continued to believe in my abilities.

On Wednesday, I headed out to the Vineyard again for a redemption round and I found it…shooting a career low round of Even par 70!!  In practice before the round I had figured out that I had started to creep a little too close to the ball on my address, slightly adjusted it to standing a bit further from the ball and it made a huge difference.  Had it to (-1) heading into 17, but blocked an 8iron into the green side bunker on the par 3.  I dropped another ball just to practice and hit it to about 2 feet for a tap in birdie…ughh if I could have just done that when it counted I would have sealed my first regulation under par round!! Nonetheless, wasn’t able to get my first ball up and down from the bunker and bogeyed to drop back to even.

I missed so many great birdie opportunities and the two birdies that I did make on the day were long distance putts that obviously I wasn’t really expecting to go in. So it’s kind of funny, when I was actually playing the round I didn’t really feel like I had my best round ever going because I was missing so many makeable opportunities.  Missed about 3 or 4 8-12ft uphill birdie putts, only scored a par 4 on the drivable par 4 7th after I had drove it just off the back in 1 and didn’t birdie either of the par 5’s after being near the green in two on both.  So as excited as I am to shoot a new career low round of Even, it is frustrating knowing just how many shots I left out there, but I shouldn’t be focused on the negative, there will always be shots you know you should have made and that’s why golf is a mental grind.  I’m going to keep staying positive and believing in my abilities and hopefully the results will continue and I’ll squeeze that under par round in here soon.

My annual Palm Springs tournament is coming up here in less than 2 months, so I hope I can shoot an under par round before then.  One of my goals for 2014 has been to be able to shoot an under par round at the tournament this year, so I’m focused on making that happen.

Stats:

The Vineyard Escondido Par 70 71.0/126 6,531 Yards

6/16/14:

Score: 79 (+9) FW: 7/14 GIR: 10/18 Putts: 32 Up/Down: 2/8 Sand Save: 0/1 Penalties: 1

6/18/14:

Score: 70 (E) FW: 8/14 GIR: 12/18 Putts: 29 Up/Down: 4/5 Sand Save: 1/2 Penalties: 1

5690229581_d96c5cf74bHey everyone, it’s been a couple weeks since I have updated, but I have been grinding on the course.  My game is currently in the best shape it has ever been and I have been consistently shooting low scores.  My iron game has been spot on as of late and I have been working a lot on my short game, my chipping and pitching game in particular and the results are starting to show.  My proximity to the hole with my wedges has greatly decreased, sticking it in close lately.  My putting is still not anywhere close to where I would like to see it, I’m continuously tinkering with my grip/set up and just have not felt comfortable with any style in these past few weeks.  I’m still 3 putting way too often and I am not taking advantage of my better wedge play by making many birdie putts.  I have missed a ton of great birdie opportunities from inside 15ft during the past few weeks and it has cost me my first under par round on more than one occasion.

With the exception of today, I have been regulated to going out and playing by myself over the past month as my friends have been unable to really get out and play recently.  As a result, I have mostly just been going to my favorite courses, the Vineyard a few times a week or the executive Oaks North.  The rates are extremely cheap, the conditions are amazing and I’ve figured out great times to go when it’s pretty wide open, so I know the pace will be quick.

I’ve been making a conscious effort to play with better course management and that means not hitting many drivers off the tee.  My driver has still been pretty inconsistent, I am hitting it pretty solid each time, but just can’t consistently trust that it will go straight and my miss has been both ways.  My 3 and 5 woods have been awesome however, I have just been crushing those and so for right now, unless I really need to hit driver, I’ll go back to those and it has helped my scores.  I have been hitting my 3-wood anywhere from 270-300 yards at the moment, it’s crazy to think it can go that far, but it is and with a ton more accuracy than the driver, so I’ll stick with it for now, until I figure out this driver.

Today, we played the difficult Eagle Crest golf course (Par 72 71.7/133 6,537 yards).  I’m very disappointed in my putting performance today, but overall I’m very happy with how I hit the ball, I continued to strike the ball well.  I shot a 77 (+5) with four 3-putts and 2 out of bounds off the tee on par 5’s.   To still shoot +5 total with those stats is impressive in my book.  My lag putting was just really bad, I didn’t have any 3 putts until the back 9, but my lag putting ability just disappeared and I was leaving it a good 8-10ft short…just not keeping my head down and striking solid putts.

I’ll be playing again tomorrow at The Vineyard with my buddy Andrew Le who is coming into town, his brother and another friend.  I’m excited to see them all again and it should be a really fun round.

Since it has been awhile, here are my scores and stats from my last 5 rounds, including today’s Eagle Crest round.

060513204404The Vineyard Escondido Par 70 71.0/126 6,531 Yards

6/5/14: Score: 71 (+1) FW: 7/14 GIR: 10/18 Putts: 30 Up/Down: 3/6 Sand Save: 2/3 Penalties: 0

6/9/14: Score: 72 (+2) FW: 7/14 GIR: 13/18 Putts: 33 Up/Down: 3/5 Sand Save: 0/0 Penalties: 1

20140611_190330Oaks North Executive Par 60 East/South 56.4/89 3,527 Yards

6/3/14: Score: 58 (-2) FW: 2/6 GIR: 14/18 Putts: 30 Up/Down: 3/4 Sand Saves: 0/0 Penalties: 0

6/10/14: Score: 60 (E) FW: 4/6 GIR: 13/18 Putts: 30 Up/Down: 3/5 Sand Saves: 0/0 Penalties: 0

20140611_190427Eagle Crest Par 72 71.7/133 6,537 Yards

6/11/14: Score: 77 (+5) FW: 8/14 GIR: 10/18 Putts: 34 Up/Down: 2/4 Sand Saves: 1/1 Penalties: 2

rancho-bernardo1If you look back at my post about my 2014 Golfing Goals, one of them was to win our annual work golf tournament.  My team had shot (-10) both the last 2 years and we had finished in 2nd and 4th place respectively.  I’ve wanted to win this tournament so badly, not only for the bragging rights, but to actually have the championship go to a team of employees as this tourney is in honor of our late owner who loved golf.  I have been working so hard on my game over this past year, as you all know and this moment has been on my mind the whole time.

Our goal was just to improve on our consecutive (-10) 62’s and hopefully break into the 50’s and with any luck a shot to win.  Well I’m happy to announce that we accomplished our goal and then some!  We absolutely destroyed the course, scored an unreal (-17) 55, set a new tournament record and won the tournament by 3 strokes!!  It was an unbelievable day, our whole team stepped up clutch in every situation we found ourselves in, I’m really proud of my team.

I started off pretty wild, slicing both my first tee shots out of bounds, but thankfully one of my teammates hit solid drives on both.  We started on hole #7 which is the #1 handicapped hole, we had a pretty long 2nd shot of about 220 from the rough, but one of my teammates hit a beautiful hybrid to about 30ft above the flag.  All 3 of my teammates putted, missing the birdie, but giving me a great read, I stepped up and drained the long birdie putt…a Tiger Woods fist pump ensued and that gave us big momentum and started us off on a crazy streak of 15 straight birdies!!  We were sticking it close on almost every hole, inside 10 ft and we made basically every putt.  We made 3 putts from over 25ft, a couple when it was our final putt, just clutch to keep the birdie streak going.  I don’t think any of us expected to play this well overall, as I’m the only one on the team that breaks 80 and one of our players hadn’t even touched a club since last year’s tourney, but those guys played so well, it was truly a team effort and I’m so happy  to be able to cross another item off my golf bucket list!  We were kind of disappointed we couldn’t complete the perfect round and birdie all 18 holes, but we just couldn’t convert the birdie opportunity from off the green on the difficult par 3 4th (Our 16th hole).

Rancho_Bernardo_Inn_in_San_Diego_California_58783We won some pretty cool prizes as well, one of which was 4 complimentary rounds to the host course, Rancho Bernardo Inn ($85 each).  Pretty awesome as this semi private course is just in perfect condition right now.  It’s a very fun and challenging course and it has hosted both PGA and LPGA events in the past so I look forward to being able to play it for free soon!

I’ll post some pictures from the event when they get posted from the photographer here in a few days, but for now here is the picture of our almost perfect scorecard, what a round!

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collage_20140514192447713_20140514192553797_20140514192710052On Wednesday, most of the northern San Diego area was hit with multiple wildfires as temperatures soared to a dry and blistering 100 degrees with sustained winds up to 40mph.  My part of town was relatively safe, so I decided to get out of the house and go play a round to get my mind off the news.  I headed to the Vineyard and of course it was petty wide open as most people in the area were more concerned with the news than golf.  I didn’t keep my score as I just listened to my iPod and played 2-3 different balls on each hole just practicing different shots all day long.  We have our work tournament coming up here on Monday the 19th, so it was good to get in a lot of real course practice.  I hit the ball alright, not as great as I would like to right now or have been lately, but I’m still feeling good going into Monday in my ability to help my team score low.  I’m20140514_175824 going to have to drive the ball well and have solid iron play to give us makeable birdie chances.  Most of the work will fall on me if we want to shoot low, so I’m hoping to have some solid range sessions this next few days and hopefully be able to play at least one more time before Monday.

Going back to Monday this week, found some posted tee times on GolfNow from a private club in my local area.  I guess StoneRidge golf club only posts times on Monday afternoons on GolfNow, so it was a nice treat to be able to snag one of them.  I had played here a few times before many  years ago growing up as one of my friends dads was a member and took me along a few times.  If I’m being honest, the conditions were quite disappointing…the chipping areas around the greens and the greens themselves were in excellent conditions, but the fairways and rough were terrible.  The tee boxes were uneven and patchy, not something you typically see from a private club.  I’m sure this recent drought we are having is making it difficult for their maintenance, but I see public courses like Vineyard or Woods Valley which are in excellent condition and cheap and it makes you wonder.

StoneRidge is still a nice and challenging track however with a lot of elevation and dog-legged holes.  Since my course experience here was so long ago, it felt like I was playing the course for the first time and gauging distances on dog leg holes with no course experience is a difficult challenge.  It cost me on more than a few holes as I was left with absolutely terrible angles into greens.  Factor in the 20mph wind gusts and this made for a challenging driving day, in which I failed miserably…only hitting 3 out of the 13 FW’s on this Par 71 track.  I stuck it within 15 ft on every Par 3 however, hitting nice cut shots into each, but only walked away with 1 birdie.  I did avoid any big numbers however and finished the round at a solid 78 (+7).

20140515_11283320140515_115937StoneRidge Country Club Par 71 71.3/130 6,418 Yards

Score: 78 (+7) FW: 3/13 GIR: 9/18 Putts: 32 Up/Down: 1/7 Sand Save: 0/0 Penalties: 0

 

fotolia_2005754_XS3060513204404The Vineyard Escondido Par 70 71.0/126 6,531 Yards

Score: 75 (+5) FW: 7/14 GIR: 11/18 Putts: 32 Up/Down: 4/7 Sand Save: 0/0 Penalties: 2

 

 

20130808_204719Carmel Mountain Ranch Par 73 Tees: Black 73.2/133 6599 Yards

Score: 78 (+5) FW: 9/14 GIR: 11/18 Putts: 36 Up/Down: 2/6 Sand Save: 0/1 Penalties: 1

 

 

Total Stats for Week of 5/5/14-5/13/14: (Red = Below PGA Tour Avg, Green = Above PGA Tour Avg)

Rounds: 2 (Regulation: 2)

FW: 16/28 57% GIR: 22/36: 61% Up/Down%: 6/13 46% Sand Saves: 0/1 0% Total Putts/18: 34

Overall Stats, Weeks: 6

Total Rounds: 11 (Regulation: 9/Executive: 2)

FW: 64/139: 46% GIR: 112/198: 56.5% Up/Down%: 29/68 42.6% Sand Saves: 2/9 22% Total Putts/18: 32.45

Current PGA Tour Averages – FW: 61.11% GIR: 65.10% Up/Down: 57.61%

carmel-mountain-ranch-golf-00973 friends and I headed out to the very difficult Carmel Mountain Ranch golf course today and played a game of 2 vs 2 match play.  We had a blast, a fun and close match, my friend and I ended up winning the match 2&1 after a back and forth battle.  The team we played against actually works at a golf shop and do some teaching as well, so it feels good to compete against and beat some experienced players.

I hit the ball well and putted pretty good, I did have three 3-putts which is a disappointment, but every putt was either going in or burning the edges.  I missed an eagle on the 2nd hole by an inch, was dead center, but somehow it decided to stop going downhill!  No matter, I ended up getting an eagle after all on the Par 5 8th hole!  We were playing best ball style so it was hit your own ball for score and lowest score on each team counts for the match.

I’m very pleased with how I played…a solid (+5) 78 on the tough Par 73 track (#2 can be played as either a par 4 or par 5, we chose par 5 because we played from the tips).  It’s a funny thing to try and explain that I putted really well today, even though I had multiple 3 putts and 2 missed from inside 6ft, but I did.  Every single putt was tracking at the hole and the ones that missed either lipped out or burned the edges, every putt was struck solid.  If I can get my putts down from a 32 average to say 27-29 area, the way I’m hitting it right now, I’ll get that under par round.  That day is coming soon, I can feel it, and things seem to be progressing nicely in all aspects of my game.

20130808_20471920140508_113046Carmel Mountain Ranch Par 73 Tees: Black 73.2/133 6599 Yards

Score: 78 (+5) FW: 9/14 GIR: 11/18 Putts: 36 Up/Down: 2/6 Sand Save: 0/1 Penalties: 1

20140505_182004My buddy wasn’t able to make it out today, so I decided to just head out to The Vineyard by myself and play a round.  My tee time was at 3, but when I got there at 2 they told me I could just go right away since nobody was there, so I promptly drew my 1st tee shot on the tight #1 driving hole into the hazard on the right.  This 1st tee shot at the vineyard is becoming a massive problem for me, I honestly have hit it into the hazard probably 8 of the last 10 rounds I’ve played there, there is just no room for error…I think I should just hit an iron off the tee from now on…might be a good idea!  Was able to save bogey with a solid 3rd shot and 2 putt.  On the difficult 2nd, I hit my tee shot in the fairway and had 123 in to the thin green.  I hit a solid gap wedge, right at the flag stick, but the wind picked up and knocked it down so much it actually came up short in the water!  I was shocked as I had struck it really well, I obviously misjudged the strength of the wind and it cost me on this hole, double bogey 6.

After penalties on both the first 2 holes, I hit a good shot and made a 2 putt par on the 3rd.  My driving on the first 8 holes was a little suspect, I was only hitting 3 and 5 woods and I didn’t hit them bad, but I was just slightly off and as a result, I was left in very tricky spots where I had terrible angles into the greens, having to cut it around trees (not my most comfortable shot).  I was able to birdie #7 and #9 to finish off the front 9 at +4, after a 5 over after 5 start, not bad.

Hit the ball great on the back 9, hit 5 of 7 FW’s and 6 of 9 GIR; 0 birdies, 1 bogey and 8 pars for a +1 36 on the back finishing at a very solid (+5) 75 for the day.  Missed two birdies that were right in the center, but stopped 2 inches short!

I putted very well today and the adjustment I made with my shoulder alignment after last week’s terrible putting seemed to really make a difference.  All my putts were starting on the correct line and tracking like they should be.  I also moved my elbows in closer to me and to the center of my chest and it helped to keep my arms in a more rhythmic stroke and my right hand doesn’t break down as much as it was before.  This is helping me make a much better stroke and my contact was extremely better this round and as a result my lag putting was great.

So overall, I’m very pleased with this round, not so much with the first 5 holes, but I got it together and shot Even over my last 13 holes.  I feel good about what I’m doing in every area of my game right now, my driving is so much better, it cost me earlier in the round, but I still hit 50% of fairways, my iron game remains solid and my 100 yard and in wedge and putting game is improving.  I do need to start hitting it closer on my chips, I’m still not converting a lot of what I would consider “easy” up and down attempts, so that is something I’ll continue to work on.  I’ll be playing tomorrow with a few friends, so I’ll update after.

06051320440420140506_122207The Vineyard Escondido Par 70 71.0/126 6,531 Yards

Score: 75 (+5) FW: 7/14 GIR: 11/18 Putts: 32 Up/Down: 4/7 Sand Save: 0/0 Penalties: 2