This morning Dad and I played 18 holes at Coyote Ridge on a beautiful sunny day. I would like to extend my thanks to Melvin and Denny who were paired with us and showed us around the course. Things could have been much worse…
* Hit green in regulation.
- Tee shots. Another mixed day off the tees. With the driver, I hit 11 times off the tee, and hit 5 fairways. With the 3-metal, I hit 3 times off the tee and hit two fairways. One of the 3-metal shots just trickled into the water on the ninth hole, strangely drawing instead of fading. On the par three holes, I hit two of four in regulation. No too bad a day, really.
- Approach shots. Here’s where disaster struck. Mid- and long-irons continue to fail. Today, I hit hooks, slices, chunks, you name it, it wasn’t pretty. Most of my penalties were from approach shots with long- or mid-irons. Short irons, on the other hand, were pretty good, except for a thin shot on the 18th hole, that ended up in the bunker from hell (more later on that…). I had a total of 7 penalties today, and most were due to poor long-iron shots.
- Wedges. I had a pretty good day with the wedges, getting the ball on the green, for the most part, including a perfect pitching wedge up-hill from 75 yds to 2 ft on the 13th hole.
- Chipping. Not many chipping chances today, but none close.
- Putting. Again, I had a rotten day putting. Four 3-putts. ‘Nuff said. My longest putt made was a 10 footer on the 12th for par.
- Bunker play. I had a good day from the bunker, getting the ball on the green four times straight, until the hole from hell, the 18th, where it took me 3 shots to get out of 2 bunkers. Good day, except for the 18th.
My problem areas were identical to those I had yesterday, poor mid- and long-iron approach shots and poor putting. The things I need to work on are abundantly clear.
Fun day of golf, although I must complain about the excessive length of time it took to play 18 today. Our tee time was pushed back 20 minutes due to slow play ahead of us, and we waited on nearly every hole for the fairway or green to clear. That was unpleasant.