@HardEight and I played our match at Cog Hill yesterday.
I was lucky that a couple putts that seemed to be 100% going in somehow managed to just barely not get there and was able to win 1up.
Close match the whole way with a couple lead changes and neither of us able to get more than 1up at any time.
@Hoiball and I played our match today out at Mt Prospect. I was lucky to squeak out a 1up victory (I was on Stephen Ames watch 3dn thru 3). We didn’t halve a hole until the 9th which was kinda wild, lots of back and forth. I wish it were because we were exchanging birdies but that was sadly not the case…
Bailey and I played together in a scramble about a month ago so we knew each other’s games a bit but we both played quite poorly. He can move it and I was lucky to get him on a day he didn’t quite have it with the irons. The 18th was a bloodbath, I’ll spare everyone the details. All that being said it was a fun afternoon
On an utterly delightful day at Olympia Fields (shoutout Chicagoland Refuge MVP @TheAbeFroman) I beat NIT qualifier @JAD. I think a month of dominating his fellow Refugees at Sweetens and Cog Hill had worn him out. If I’m being less magnanimous, it might have been some karmic retribution for him calling off our previous date w/ “COVID-like symptoms”. Not until I arrived at the first tee did I find out that he had caddied at OF for years! Some might be suspicious of such a convenient coincidence, but I live to uphold the Gentlemanly Standards of the Game and would never dream of casting such aspersions.
It did indeed! @notorious83 got off to a fast start in our match, going three up through three after playing the opening stretch in one under, including a near hole-out from 200 yards with hybrid on two. Over the next eleven holes, I couldn’t make any progress from three down; every time I won a hole, he charged back on the next. A well-timed stroke on 15 gave me the edge to crawl back to two down, but that didn’t stop him from pushing me to Dormie 2. He graciously conceded a putt to give me the win on 17 after neither of us played the hole well, and with a gallery watching on 18 I saved par and squared the match with a long putt after leaving my bunker shot on the front fringe.
We proceeded to the putting green for a sudden-death putting competition. @delaney served as our neutral arbiter selecting the hole. He chose a devious long putt from the back shelf snaking down toward a hole in front. I was feeling pretty good after leaving my opening putt eight feet short. But @notorious83 put everything to rest when he rolled in the putt of the day from 60 feet.
It was a fitting end to a well-contested match. @notorious83 was the more consistent player over the course of the day and deserved to move on to the next round. I’m just glad I kept it competitive. He’ll be a tough competitor going forward!
@Ballgame and I got our second round match in today.
We were sure the heavy stuff wasn’t going to come down for a while, so we played MPGC today.
We were wrong. The heavy stuff came down, but fortunately not for very long and we only dealt with a little rain for most of the day.
I rode a fully capitalized upon handicap advantage to a 3and1 win as I won 5 of the 6 holes I popped on, and despite my best efforts did not give it all back before we ran out of holes.
Had a good time despite the weather, and it was fun playing with new internet friends again. @Ballgame and his better half were in good spirits and fun to be around in conditions that were not very fun. And another fun loop with @EConroy419 too.