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Scott Rushing
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incredible weather here last

incredible weather here last few days..finally got a break from work and snuck out of the home office for a couple hours .. walked 9 holes. Played well.  5 pars 4 bogeys...Driving was good though it was windy as heck.  Par 5 down wind..525 yard par from from my tees, good drive nice bounce but with wind....Driver left me  189 yards in .. and that was a 7I to the back of the green in a bunker.  Hit the irons pretty well .. greens still really tight woven from being new...so nothing holds..a couple bogeys were due to balls rolling out and having long putts or chips back.  Anyway was nice to be out.  hope everyone is staying safe

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Aimee
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everything is closed here..

everything is closed here...so no golf for a while. Governor closed the parks, too. We are thinking of going to an open field near the house to practice chipping at least.

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Anyone else getting closer to

Anyone else getting closer to getting out?   I heard some states are seeing protests to open courses and parks and some are considering it.  I was able to get out Friday and Saturday...windy as heck but still sunny.   I drove the ball well one day and not so much the next.  Shot like 7 over for 9 holes I think both days.  Second day was a few double bogeys that hurt, but did put together a string of about 4 pars in a row.  But a few bad overthe-top swings that got me into trouble.  Did have a couple nice swings where things worked well.  Found the sand way too much to score well. 

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Aimee
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No word on golf courses

No word on golf courses opening up yet. Since the Governer of NJ shut down the parks, and our course is in a county park, that is one hurdle. The other is that since they are county employees, as long as the state says non-essential workers must stay home...they are home. I wouldn't be shocked if public or private (non-State) courses can re-open around May 8th, I'm seeing a lot of things that point to that date for some reopening of certain businesses. I am going to assume I will be playing Memorial Day weekend with some kind of restrictions in place (all of which I endorse - I walk, I want spaced out tee times, I don't need to stick my hand in the cup to get the ball).

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Here they cut up noodles -

Here they cut up noodles - the pool toys and those fit insie the current cup and also easily around the pin.  So it keep the ball from getting down too far in the cup.  Works well.     Read Myrtle Beach golf courses where closed for anything but local play but they are starting I think to open up this week or maybe last.

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They just announced the parks and golf courses can re-open as of Saturday morning. Will try to get out this weekend!

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WOnderful Aimee. 

WOnderful Aimee. 

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Aimee
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booked

It was a predictable fire drill, but we actually were able to book a tee time for Saturday at 11:16. Our course is doing tee times 16 minutes apart 7am-6pm, twosomes only, County Residents only, no rakes in bunkers, no access to clubhouse, etc. So basically we estimated 1/4 of the normal volume if all times get booked. Our golf buddy got a time for him and his son for Sunday. Weather is supposed to be nice, around 70 degrees, so a real treat.

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Aimee
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Saturday

Well, we got to play. Tee times were twosomes only, 16 minutes apart, which would have been great but we had a slowpoke in front of us, we caught up to them midway thru the front 9, which never should have happened. So Michael and I had to wait on every hole. The starter said something to them at the 9th green, but it only helped a little. Didn't keep score, I will guess low/mid 90. They had not mowed the fairway for a couple of days and the greens were still showing aeration marks. Obviously maintenance the last couple of months was a skeleton crew. No rakes in the bunkers, all ball washers had been removed, no porta-johns, no access to the clubhouse. Practice range and greens closed. It was so nice to get out and the weather was great, around 70 degrees and wind around 10 mph. It was particularly nice to get a round in since I have surgery on Tuesday and won't be able to play for a couple of months, the perfect ending would have been if I made par on 18, but it wasn't in the cards.

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Well glad you got out Aimee. 

Well glad you got out Aimee.  We walked 18 Saturday in beautiful conditions...wish my game had looked that good.   A bit out of sorts..not sure why..tempo or what.  Found a ton of bunkers ... sort of all over the place. Iron play was really off for the day and I either made really bad choices (which I did ..) or had the worst luck...like the bounces just went ways that left me in bunkers or hitting 1 lone tree branch.  But like I said was great to be out there.  Hoping to walk 9 tomorrow about 4pm .  Rain coming in soon..

 

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Okayed 9 holes Friday and 18

Okayed 9 holes Friday and 18 Saturday.  Shot 40 on Friday and 82 on Saturday.  the 82 shoud have been much better.. Had 2 birdies.   but 2 3putts.  Drove the ball well enough to score better but was way to inconsistent on my irons and wedges.   I think I need to work on a real pre-shot routine.  I find myself getting up to the ball and playing whatever shot i make up in my head without really practicing it.   Think I'm going to develop a pre-shot routine that I follow each time.  I don't do that enough now. 

Best shot though... long par 5, 540yard.  I had 245 yards to the pin and I used my 5W and was off the back of the green in 2.  Missed the eagle putt but made the birdie.  Now..that 245 yards, I hit short of the green and then there was rollout   So its not like I hitthe 5W 250yards;..  but was still nice to pull it off.

 

 

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295 yard drive and 245 plus 5

295 yard drive and 245 plus 5 woood to just behind the green is NOT something anyone can complaine about. I'd be very happy with those two shots for sure, and I'm playing a mile up in the air here in Denver. Around here most of the golf courses are still closed due to Stay At Home orders coming down from the State. A few have just now re-opened but with some restrictions. 

Best of luck everyone both with your golf game and staying healthy. 

Don

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Aimee
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Saturday

Played Saturday, first time in 6 weeks. Having hit balls at the range a couple of times recently really helped. I played well on the front 9, 43 with 1 GIR, 13 putts, 3 pars. Lost it in the back nine, rust took over...49 with 1 par, 17 putts. Just happy to be able to play, the weather was "top 10", too.

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Nice Aimee.   Glad you got

Nice Aimee.   Glad you got out.  Sounds like the work is paying off.   
Played Sat...played the white tees as I injured my hand last week so I figured playing shorter would be better for me.  Most things went to the right especially off the tee.  But did manage to finish with 5 straight pars including a couple nice up and downs for par.   Shot 82.  Raining here for 3-4 day so no golf till Say
 

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So we played on Saturday - it

So we played on Saturday - it was pretty hot and humid. I had my umbrella up over my cart the whole time and tried to stay under shade when possible, but I had a couple of "woozy" moments. Played pretty well, started with 2 pars but I think that was it for the rest of the day, it was bogeyland. But I didn't miss a fairway with my driver and I putted pretty well. Probably wound up close to 95 since I picked up my ball on 2 holes. One ball lost to water...thought I hit a good shot, the trajectory and direction were good, just fell short. Must have not swung 100% and lost a few yards. In for a stretch of hot and thunderstormy weather, not sure if we are going to get to play this week.

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Tough week...

Tough week...

Well Monday I played...and played well...greens were sanded and slow and I left about 4 or 5 birdie putts online but short.   Got really no breaks all day but was hitting it well and managed to shoot 4 over on the front and 3 over on the back.  Now the one birdie I made on the day was a 294 yard Par 4 where I pounded a drive and drove the green.   Now not on the fly but  with probably 15-20  yards of role.   Now I was off the back  of the green to a down hill pin which basically was either putting through 8 yrds of rough or chipping and NO way to stop it.  Managed to putt the ball to about 4 ft and made the putt.    Anyway hit some good irons...

 

Sad part is, I learned the next day that my brother passed away sometime Monday.  Completely unexpected.   Had been in increasingly poorer health especially with the pandemic.  So I go from golf to funeral planning.  Sad sad times.  

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Aimee
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Sorry

Scott, sorry for your loss. Current circumstances certainly make it harder than normal to mourn with loved ones. Hope you all can find a way to get together spiritually if not in person.

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Aimee
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Sunday golf

Had a hot but not too humid day, a respite from the recent weather. Played our parkland style course again, it is in really good shape except the bunkers. Tee times are reduced to 12 minute intervals for COVID restrictions, still no ball washers, rakes, or drinking water on the course, but they don't have the barrier in the hole, so putting is normal. We wound up playing with 2 singles, one of whom is a woman we have played with several times and like. She hits pretty long and plays white tees. I shot 90 with one ball lost to the pond. 5 pars, 30 putts. Had I made some of those doubles simple bogeys...well it rarely all comes together at the same time.

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Walked 9 today...was getting

Walked 9 today...was getting hot and hotter and about to be a really slow back 9 so we stopped at the turn.  Interesting front 9...course was aerated this week so I figured putting would be off.  Birdied the first hole witha putt which held the line.  Next hole I tripled...Great drive but missed the green and my chip shot off the back of the green.  Anyway..next hole, 175yd Par three I just missed birdie with my putt stopping short.  Par'd next hole.  3 putt bogey on the next due to the green.  Birdie on the next, and another Par.  Then birdied the next hole before making a 3 putt bogey on 9.   So 3 birdied, 3 pars, 2 bogeys and a triple.  Drove the ball really well all day.  Irons were OK, a couple good ones.  But putting was sort of hit or miss..

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Aimee
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putting

Always seems to happen that on a day that you could've scored well...the putts let you down. Too hot to play here, we just hit some balls early Saturday morning in a covered bay.

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Scott Rushing
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Well....

Played 18 this past weekend.  Drove the ball really really well but was not hitting irons shots really well at all.  I got up and down several times which saved my score.  Shot 7 over par with a triple, a double a few bogeys and a lot of Pars. maybe 1 or 2 birdies. Putting is still suspect since the greens were plugged 2 weeks ago.  But irons, man no confidence.  Last hole I went back to this move I used to do many swing iterations ago where I would intentionally tuck my right elbow in near my body on the backswing- feel gimmicky but also makes me feel like at the top of my swing the elbow is in position.   Anyway striped that iron shot, 155 yard uphill 8I. Didn't make the birdie putt but still!  Best iron of the day.

Today - walked 9 after work..Shot 1 over with 1 double, 1 bogey and 2 birdies.  Used that same swing for the irons today and had many choices to choose from for best iron shot of the day.    Chose a 145yd bunker shot uphill to elevated green.  9I hit solid and I had another birdie putt - would have been 3 in a row BTW.  Didn't make it but made par to finish bogey-birdie-birdie-par for a 1 over 36. 

So I guess I'll stick with that iron swing for now.  I took divots and made a lot better ball contact on the club face. 

Hope you all are doing well and staying safe.  other than groceries and walking golf, I'm working from home and not going really anywhere else.  

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Aimee
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Sounds like you found some kind of method to correct whatever was "off" on your irons. Probably you aren't tucking in the same way as you did in the past (with the changes in your swing) but something in using the "old" position is synching with the "new" swing. Results matter! I won't be able to play this weekend, hopefully next. Sticking close to home, didn't go to the office the last 2 weeks (prior to that I went in once a week). Next week will go in to the office at least one day (stuff does pile up) and weather permitting, hit the range.

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Wish me luck....we're in Oak

Wish me luck....we're in Oak Island, NC .. near Wilmington...where the storm is supposed to come through in about 8 hours...fingers crossed it doesn't cause wide spread damage to the area..

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storm

Scott, hope you made it through the storm OK. We had a branch come down in our back yard (there is a line of trees behind our fence, sort of "no mans land") but small enough for Michael to cut and toss back over the fence. Just a lot of small twigs, leaves, etc. Power flickered a couple of times but stayed on, thankfully.

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We made it through better

We made it through better than most...no real damage here at out place on the intercoastal...but the ocean front homes were badly damaged in some cases...evacuated some of the island because there's no power/sewer ...  we're OK but I can say if ever I'm in a place where they say anything over a cartegory 1 is coming, I'm leaving..it's WAY  WAY WAY to dangerous...  This was a 1 when it hit here...and the eye was so weird...like no wind..no rain...and then it started back again...was a very scary 6 hours...

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Sunday

Sunday Michael and I wound up playing as a twosome, so we had to wait for the 4 some in front of us for most of the round, but at least we took a gas cart so we had a moving bench. I actually didn't hit too many iron shots (other than wedges) to see if my range work carried over, but I did have a good solid 7i that put me onto a GIR, unfortunately, wrong side of the green and blew it with a 3 putt. It was a day of missing half of my putts by 3" or less (just short, just outside the hole...) I was two putting everything with tap in second putt. Only two pars, on #9 (made it over the pond, par 4) and #18 (par 5, finally sank a one putt). Wound up with 92, considering lack of play, I guess it is OK. Did lose one ball, both Michael and I sent our tee shots right of the fairway on the first hole, and the rough was so thick we couldn't find them. All of the rain recently has made it grow like crazy despite the heat.

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Scott Rushing
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NIce that you got out Aimee. 

NIce that you got out Aimee.  Sounds like lag putting was solid...and some small victories!  My Back was shot yesterday from sleeping on vacation for a week in one bed and now back to mine...so I didn't do much...was going to try and get in 9 but no going...so just watched golf all day...I like west coast finisihes!  Golf till like 9pm.

Well hopefully thing will straighten out today back wise and I can get out.

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