Wednesday 9 March 2016

The past ten days have been a bit of a mixed bag, both in terms of weather and the state of my golf. February had an extra day this year, thanks to 2016’s leap year status, and  Tristan, newly returned from Thailand where he had been holidaying with brother Russell, was set on spending at least part of it on the golf course. So Dad vs. Tristan 2016 round three it was, on a day that felt quite spring like for a change. It was all square at the turn, the Tristan went 1 up for a bit. All square again at the 15th, then I finished par, birdie, birdie to take full advantage of Tristan’s jet lag.


The next morning saw the Ambassadors tee off in dank conditions, with rain threatening. It duly arrived after 7 or 8 holes and hung on for the rest of what was, as a consequence, a thoroughly damp round of golf. The level of play was, unsurprisingly, pretty uninspired on the part of all those hardy souls who had turned out, and I salvaged a third place from somewhere to keep my prize winning streak intact.


Dad vs. Tristan it was once more on Saturday 5th, and it really was  a mixed bag weather-wise, with some holes being played under a warming sun, others in steady rain, and others again battered by large hail stones. We played 13 of the 18 at Chilworth, due to time constraints, and Tristan did his usual trick of galloping of into a lead over the first half, being 4 up at the turn. I started to claw him back on the back, taking the 18th to square things. All square is no good in Tristan’s book, so we used the short par 3 10th as a play off hole. Tristan’s tee shot strayed left, mine landed five feet from the pin. Birdie for Dad. 1 up. Nice.


Yesterday saw a larger turnout for the seniors than has been the case recently, thanks to a half decent weather forecast. It was initially pretty frosty, but the newly mown fairways and greens made things much more playable, and conditions underfoot were much less boggy than of late, which was nice. I played well off the tee, with all bar one hole seeing an at least respectable opener. I did mislay a few points through sloppy play around the greens, but did enough to win my division and keep my golf in profit again.

Today I had a lesson which might help in that respect, as we focussed on chipping from 20 to 50 yards (unsurprisingly, at my request). I found the tips on stance and action helpful. If I could be as accurate on the course as I was today on the range, I would certainly be happy!


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