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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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Scott Rushing
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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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scomac
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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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Scott Rushing
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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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Scott Rushing
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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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scomac
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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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