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Aimee
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enjoy

Scomac, enjoy the sun and relaxation! We still have some bits of snow left from last week. My front lawn faces north so the house shades it, always some stubborn patches. Plus the large pile in the center of the cul-de-sack where the plow pushes it. Usually gets to be a 6' tall pile (turns dirtier by the day) that is the last to melt away. Unfortunately right across from my house so I see it every day until it does.

Scott, enjoy golfing in AZ, be sure to check the "overseed" schedules wherever you want to play. Lots of places shut down for a couple of weeks and/or restrict access...but if I recall correctly you may be going just before that starts. We have gone towards end March/early April and it's pretty bad at that time.

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Aimee
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plans for Sunday

forgot to note...looks like we will get to play on Sunday, it should be 58-60 degrees. Probably cloudy, but that's warm enough to be comfortable. Likely will be a little squishy in areas from melted snow, and plenty of evidence of the geese will no doubt be scatterred on the fairways (yuck).

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Scott Rushing
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Thanks Aimee.  Yeah, I think

Thanks Aimee.  Yeah, I think I'll be playing Dessert Hills, my buddy's private course.  So looks like the overseeding will be not a problem there.   It's going to be 70 of the next week so maybe Friday or Saturday I'll get some golf time in.  Then have to head to Florida for a meeting...and no time or $$$$ for their golf.  Ha. 

 

But there's still pool and bowling to keep me busy...Pools has been good lately..shooting 9ball and 8ball and have won my last 6 matches.  But bowling has been bad for me. Just inconsistent..one week 212 and 248...the next 124 202...tonight 159, 181 and 236.  Killing my average .. guess I'll have to practice more..

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Gotta love... the dormant

Gotta love... the dormant hard fairways we have right now.  Walked 12 holes this afternoon...not playing expectionally well cause I'm working through some swing changes...and haven't had a lot of range time.  But had a couple holes today where when the swing worked, had a 320 yard drive...a 310 yard drive and a 295 yard drive.  Now those were hit SOLID but it helps when there is little friction on the ground. 

Hit a really solid 3w today...I think about 270 yards....only to chunk the wedge, pitch to the wrong side of the green and ... 3 putt for double bogey.  Lovely LOL! 

Going to hit the range tomorrow and keep working on the swing changes...have about 3 weeks before I head to Arizona...need to be able to find the fairway!

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What a difference a few days

What a difference a few days makes.  The ground is pretty bare now and it's supposed to be up into the 50's this coming week.  I don't really have time to play even if I could find a course open.  That still didn't stop me from going outside yesterday and hitting a few shag balls out into the field just to get a few swings in and renew the feeling of ball on blade.  Wasn't bad at all, although my back was feeling a bit wonky last night.  It's always something...  frown

 

Aimee
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First round 2017

We had unseasonably warm temps and it was a perfect day to play...high 60's/may have hit 70, a few clouds that cleared out during the afternoon, very little wind. Hit the course for the first time this year. Grass dormant of course, but since it had been warm and rainy the prior week, the ground was not hard at all, in fact you could make ballmarks in the greens. Unfortunately the fairways were covered with droppings from geese and deer, pretty gross. On to the play...I can't say I hit more than 3 good tee shots with driver, but I stayed in the fairway and managed to muddle my way to an 88 due to good short game. Had 5 pars, 3 dbls, remainder bogies, 32 putts. No balls lost.

Shoulders a little sore today, but my back feels good.

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Scott Rushing
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We have had a couple nice

We have had a couple nice days here in the Carolina's...well OK a lot of them lately.  Was about 73 yesterday so ventured out fo a practice round with my girlfriend.  Played 2 balls on most holes, sometimes 3, as the course was pretty empty.  Tuesday morning isn't a busy day I guess.  Even when it's sunny and 70 in February.

Anyway, was just wanting to get in swings and work on the ball striking.  Eventually got my driver under control and that lasted most of the back 9, having a lot of good swings.  A few head scratchers but mostly in the fairway.  Key was to stop my sways back and forward (duh?) during the swing, keep my backswing short (for me) and get my alignment right.  Irons were more of a struggle still.  had a few great iron shots but I think I was getting to technical and sort of watching my club positions as I swung and that got me into trouble.  I need to just practice more.  in 2 weeks I'll be in Arizona for a couple rounds so hope to get many more practice rounds in before then.  Weather it looking 65-70 for the next week. SWEET!

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Walked 9 yesterday and today

Walked 9 yesterday and today of my home course.  Working on everything.  Not sure why but things are a bit out of whack.  Trying to get a driver swing grooved that I can find the fairway with.  Mostly it's a timing issue I think.  Irons are off as well but did hit a few good wedges.    planning to walk 9 tomorrow as well to see if I can get closer to a grooved swing.

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another 9 today...scored

another 9 today...scored better.  SHot 38, with 2 bogeys, 1 dbl and 2 birdies.  but the quality of iron shots was much better today. hit 2 really good 6I's and 1 pured 7I and several 65-80 yard chips that were solid.  Made a couple putts.  This 9 was a nine where I almost could not hit driver.  There's really 2 holes where you could but you don't need to. I did just because I'm trying to practice it.  One drive was bad..big huge slice into the trees.  The next one I pounded...I noticed on that one I released my wrists better and just pured it.  Oh well, going to try and stick with some of the swing changes which worked today. We'll see how they go the rest of the week. Planning to hit the range some Wed/Thursday and maybe play again this week.

 

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Almost two weeks since the

Almost two weeks since the last post on these pages.  I guess everyone else is back in the deep freeze as we are up here in the northern tier.

We had our first, yes that's right first, major winter snow storm of the 2016-17 season last Monday-Tuesday with accumulations in excess of 12".  Once again, golf seems like a long ways off despite the promise of an early spring the February held.  Winter projects, whatever they may be will have to suffice in the meantime.

Our curling season is winding down and will be wrapped up in three weeks.  I will then be ready to switch focus more to golf.  I'm thankful for the distraction that curling provides in the winter months even if it eats into the amount of golf I play in the fall.

My club has its annual open house planned for April 1, but I seriously doubt that there will be any play for the first couple of weeks of April with cold weather predicted through to the end of the month.  Still, it will be nice to see some old friendly faces once again as we all prepare for the coming season.

Scott Rushing
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Sco, we've been pretty warm

Sco, we've been pretty warm overall here in the Carolina's but very busy at work before last week when I was travelling.  I was able to play twice in Arizona at Desert Forest, a private club a friend is a member of.  Now of the (admittedly) few private clubs I've had the privlege to play, this was a very nice club, probably the nicest I've played.. 

The club house was under-stated, more of an original 60-70's look and feel, now some huge thing.   Members have permanent lockers along with an accompanying "Guest" locker that I was able to use.  The locker room had everything you'd need to shower up after a round, plus everything you might need before the round, shampoos, shaving cream, mouth wash, sun screen, etc.  Fully stocked, anyone can use.  They store your clubs and if you have a tee time, the clubs are carted up waiting on you at the practice range. Just lots of nice amenities that one could get used too.

Course was great.  Given we have nothing green really on our courses, to see lush green fairways, perfect greens, and a well manicured course, it was impressive.  I played pretty good the first day, 1 birdie on my way to an 87...should have been more like an 82 but I blew up on 3 holes on the last 9.  And blowing up on holes there, means you're losing a golf ball in the desert.  Shot 40 on the front and 47 on the back.

Second day was worse.  Just didn't have good timing in my swing.  Where my new swing found the fairway a lot on Monday, Tuesday it didn't.   After a few holes of not hitting irons well, I became too technical and then didn't swing well.   Did manage a birdie...surprisingly from the wrong fairway so I had a few good shots but nothing consistent enough to score with. 
But it was really nice to have something like that to play.  I can see how someone could get used to that entire experience. The private course I know of around here don't quite pamper you like that one did. 

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Aimee
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spring is here-sort of

we had snow last week, but it is melting. The shady areas under trees still have a fair amount, but open areas are clear. So we plan to play Saturday on the links style course, will likely be a bit squishy, but forecast is for mid 60's temps. I had a cold last week, also...so the timing is just fine.

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Aimee
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no go

well, Michael caught the cold I had last week and the weather was pretty overcast, so we cancelled. No reason to get sicker.

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Scott Rushing
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SOrry to hear that Aimee...I

SOrry to hear that Aimee...I think we may be hitting SPRING  now..in the 70s this week, maybe near 80 Wed...this is pretty early compared to the last few years..but I'm not complaining

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Played 18 Wednesday...great

Played 18 Wednesday...great weather.  Maybe not smart on my part with my foot still hurting but weather was too nice and our league was having it's 9 hole round so I headed over early and played 9 before the league play.   Drove the ball pretty well, through all 18 holes.  Didn't lose a ball.  Hit wedges pretty well but putted really well, making some par saves and sandies with several 1 putts.  shot 39-39, with a double on the last hole.  Didn't hit irons quite as well as I hoped so still working on that.  but I still like the staying grounded and waggling my feet until i'm well connected to the ground.  Just makes me feel more solid and in control and like I am pushing off the ground in my downswing giving me more power.   Longest drive was on a Par 5 - posted as 540 yards - hole.  I nailed the tee shot and got a good bounce over a slight rise in the fairway, and was 228 yards from the pin.  So about 312 yards  on the tee shot.  this hole is all bunkers from 100 yards in, so usually I lay up and hit wedge in but this time I decided to go for it.  I had to carry a solid 220 yards to get over the traps and fals fronts.  Grabbed the 5W and put a good swing on it  it carried just short of pin high but faded at the end and bounced off the right side of the green.  I had short sided myself now... Would wind up making par after a chip on and 2 putts but I wanted the birdie...  Oh well I hit several good shots on that hole so I'm happy.

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scomac
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Great round to start off the

Great round to start off the league season with Scott!

Aimee
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next round...

Tee time for our links style course on Sunday. We had a TON of rain on Thurs. night thru all day Friday, so it is the best option so as to not have to slog through mud. No doubt some traps will still have casual water in them. Temp supposed to be high 50's with a breeze.

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Aimee
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Season kick off

Really nice day, temps wound up getting up to 60-62 with sun. Fairways a little soft and some traps had water in them, but not bad considering the amt of rain we got on Friday. Wind around 10 mph, so it was tolerable. Struggled mightily in the greenside bunkers, lost that skill over the winter for sure (not that I ever really "have" it). Sunk a couple of long putts. Having not played, or swung a club in over a month, about as expected. Had one par and one birdie. Shot 93. Definitely need to get back in to "golf shape", the last 3 holes I felt my attention lapsing.

Saw some cool birds, a gold finch which was so bright it was almost fluorescent...the usual purple martins...hawks...heron. The course looks barren because they cut down all of the fescue lining the fairways for the winter, but nice to see active wildlife.

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Scott Rushing
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Played 9 holes Sunday...great

Played 9 holes Sunday...great weather but some of the groups in front of us were SLOW.  Big compliant here:  If you're not very good, at least be aware of how long you take to hit shots.  You don't have to rush, as we all pay our green fees....but taking 4 practice swings for each regular swing....and then hitting poor shots which lead to more and more practice swings...leads to a slow day.  The group started out a hole behind due to the starter, and then never caught up.  We skipped over them after 5 holes.

 

Didn't drive the ball too well ... putted OK and iron shots were ehh.  Nothing bad, but nothing great.  Had 4 bogeys to start, then back to back Pars, then we skipped a hole then I had 2 more bogyes.  So ehhh day.   Only hit a few balls on the range but never felt quite right with the drvier. Nail the drive on 1 but after that they were just servicable.  Didn't cost me penalties but was less than optimal

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Aimee
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Scott, it's hard to get in a

Scott, it's hard to get in a groove when your timing is thrown off playing like that. To be expected.

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scomac
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Woke up this morning, looked

Woke up this morning, looked out the front door and what did my eyes see?  Snow!  4" of snow!  surprise  What the heck was that all about?

Went to the local par 3 course that was having a club swap this weekend.  My gawd what a pile of stuff they had that folks were trying to get rid of.  A few interesting vintage pieces, but I wasn't really looking to buy any more clubs.  What I was after was another bag.  Bags are about the cheapest form of club storage I've run across versus some sort of rack system.  

Got a nice Callaway three-way stand bag for my blades and persimmon set for $40.  I was actually shocked at the number of really nice bags that were for sale in the $40-$65 range versus what new ones are now going for.  Pings, Titleists, Callaways and most of the ultra lite variety.  There were even a couple of staff bags for those so inclined.

No golf for a while yet at this rate even though the temperature is supposed to hit 70° by Monday.  It's going to be one soggy mess when this latest dump melts!

Scott Rushing
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Wow Sco, that would be a

Wow Sco, that would be a shocker!   We've been cool at night, mid 30's but about 75 this weekend as the highs.   Walked 9 Saturday and Sunday.  Did play particularly well either day, nothing bad, just missing drives here and there or not flushing irons. Shot 40 today for 9 holes and shot 42 yesterday.  Had one birdie today on the hardest hole on that side.  Finally.  mayhe the first one I've had on that hole.  It's a dog leg right uphill, plays about 418, with bunkers right where you'd hit a 250 yard fade too and trees right of that.   

I was trying to hit my drive over the bunkers, not hitting a fade but hitting it basically straight.  Pulled it a bit but was still straight.  Had 140 in uphill, elevated green protected by bunkers short, right, left and long.  So you get the picture.  Ha.  Flag was on the front and I hit the best iron of the day a 9I that landed and stopped within 1.5 ft to the hole!!!  Made the putt ! 

Iron's hadn't been particularly great..not bad but just OK.  Not flushing any until the 8th hole, I flushed a wedge into a Par 5.  So just tried to make the same swing I did before and it worked out.

Planning to play 3 times this week...lastly at Pinehurst again.   Hopefully the first two days I'll get my swing in tune a bit more

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Our curling club championship

Our curling club championship was this past weekend.  It was a busy weekend for both os us as we were both participating.  No success of note to report, but did enjoy the competition.  My wife made the semi's of the first flight.  I wasn't nearly that sucessful even though we did get to the championship match of the fourth flight; woo hoo...

I have to remind myself that I'm not that young anymore.  My should was absolutely killing me after my fourth game and I gutted it out through another.  Ice and anti-inflamatories have been the order of the day since.  At least my range of motion hasn't been compromised!  Probably a good thing that I won't be going to the opening golf league game this week today due to prior commitments and can rest before I hit the course range for a practice session before next week's match.

Snow is gone and it was near 70° late this yesterday afternoon.  I do not live in the mountains even though the weather sometimes behaves like that!

Aimee
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2nd round

Played Sunday, really nice weather. We had a ton of rain mid-week, but had Friday and Saturday to dry out so the course was soft but not muddy. Played the links style course again. Had company over the house the day before and pretty tired, but made it through 18, feeling the golf muscles are coming back! Didn't play particularly well, had 32 putts but only one par. Blocked a couple of driver shots right. Timing and such is obviously not there yet. Did hit some good chips.

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cac
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Played my last society game

Played my last society game of the season and needed to win to secure a " Ryder Cup team place" Played really well, 33pts, holed every ball so shot an 88. Very warm conditions (22 deg C ) and not much wind. Course was in great nick but greens were a bit slow. Took about 5-6 holes to get used to them. Only lost 1 ball and had par with provisional so 1 point with a double. Had some very strange SI on the course. A 213yd par 3 with a huge 2 tier green was SI 14 so a par was only 2 points. Got a 5 for no points. Also had a mad moment in there. On a short but tricky par 5 ( 550yd ) had a good drive of about 240yd down hill. So instead of an east lay up with a 7 and full wedge to a green for a probable par, I decided to play hero. Ball on a nice lie but in first cut. 220yd out and blocked by tall trees. I stupidly try to hit driver to the green. Good strike but pushed it right to a not great place. Ended up 7 for 0 points. Got my thoughts together and ended up Par, Par, Bogie, Par to finish. Came 5th from 40 so may qualify as a Capt pick. Overall very happy with the way my game is at the MO and I havnt really started my swing change yet. CAC.

cac handed Geordie.

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Good round Cac.  At least you

Good round Cac.  At least you recovered from your poor choice and made a strong finish. 

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A couple poor rounds of golf

A couple poor rounds of golf lately.  trying to get the ball striking better and it's going the other way.  My driver has been going left and right lately and I'm trying to take one side of the fairway out of play consistently.  Worked on some things i saw on some GolfChannel videos and it worked pretty well on the range but didn't last on the course.  And yesterday, it never took.  Missed every fairway in regulation.  Ha!  if not for 2 birides and 2 Pars, my 9 hole score would have been bad. 

Iron's are back to "thin" again too..could have been frustration from the tee shots being so bad yesterday, not sure.  Heading to the range this morning for a work out and to try and get some consistency.

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Aimee
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Sunday round

Unseasonably warm this Easter Sunday, mid 80's and the shorts came out. Unfortunately very windy, had gusts over 20 mph at times. The aeration is still marking the greens, since the grass only started growing and we didn't have a ton of rain to fill it in...so the greens were extremely slow and all of the putts were subject to going off-line. Shot 89 with 34 putts, 5 GIR, 3 pars, 1 birdie (par 3, on the green, sank a long putt). Drove pretty well, but some dropped shots due to rust. Due to the dry/hard conditions we were getting tons of roll and shots into the green really needed to be run up or hit short to bounce up. Nice shots onto the green were punished because you couldn't hold them, everything rolled off. Some rain this week, conditions should be better next weekend.

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Scott Rushing
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Glad to ssee you getting

Glad to ssee you getting warmer temps Aimee.   Sounds like you did pretty well

We played today, great weather but windy conditions as well.  Front's moving in so looks like rain in the next few days. 

We didn't warm up since the starter was willing to let us go early since we were there and several other groups weren't ready so we jumped on.  First few holes weren't great, and were into the wind.  Made 4 bogeys on the first 5 holes but other than the 1st Tee, I drove the ball pretty well. Settled down to hitting a slight fade  using the slower tempo and hit a few really solid,  Didn't seem to see a loss of much distance, I guess due to hitting it better.  Got home in 2 on a Par 5, 540 yards.  Grounds dry and firm and I hit my tee shot over a hill which probably gave me some extra distance.  But was 225 out .. many many bunkers between me and the green.  So I grabbed the 5wood and swung EASY and nuked it.  landed on the front opening of the greens and rolled to the back.  Chipped close and had a tap in birdie. 

Shot 81...had 2 dbls on the back ...  2 holes I usually struggle with the tee shot.  I need to work on those situations and be ready to be aggressive with those shots. 

Handicap had trended up from a 4.3 to a 6.1 given my play this season.  Hope I'll get things under control.

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Golf today!  The first action

Golf today!  The first action of 2017 is now in the books with my first men's league 9 hole round this morning.  I haven't even been to a range yet this season, but have hit a few balls around the house out inot the neighbouring field.

Played neither good nor terrible.  I struck the ball reasonably, just pushing the ball out ot the right, but felt as though I was making good contact.  I was miserable around the greens though with a wedge in my hands.  One par, two doubles and the rest bogie with no penalty strokes or lost balls while throwing three easy shots away, so all in all, it was apretty good day for me.

The winning score for the day was net 30 which is one heck of a score for a first day out in the season.  I suspect that a couple of guys were in mid-season form after wintering in Florida.

This is a twice-a-week group that plays Mondays and Thursdays.  Rain is predicted for Thursday, so doubtful that I will be playing agian till next week.