It’s been some time since the golf blogging world lost a dear friend in Ryan from Front9Back9. I feel worst for his family and friends who are experiencing true loss. I would just hope that they can keep their head up and celebrate his life. While I didn’t personally know him, I felt like I got a sense of his personality from our interactions on #GolfChat. That is the beauty of that Twitter conversation and I am glad we have it.
One of Ryan’s frequent topics on Twitter was his quest to break 80. In honor of that I wanted to share my story of that accomplishment. I hope he is up in the sky and breaking 70 by now.
I was 14 when I first broke 80. I don’t remember much about breaking 100 or 90. I think I had come close to the 70’s a few times, but hadn’t really done it. On the day I was playing with my grandfather and his two friends. This was during the summer when I would spend time in New Hampshire so I was playing at Candia Woods where he worked. I even remember the horrendous late 90’s golf shirt I was wearing.
I am not going to go into the hole by hole specifics mainly because I don’t remember them, but I played the front nine in even par 35! I knew where my score was because I am one of those people that always knows how he stands more or less. I have gotten better at that, but still usually know if we are putting everything out. After that start I knew a number in the 70’s was well within my reach. Over the back nine I didn’t play as well, but still managed a three over 39. My playing partners were not quite as aware of what was going on as I was. When we totaled up the score I exclaimed 74! I had shattered the scoring barrier and I was really happy about it.
Beating that number is a liberating feeling. It allows you the confidence to know you can shoot in the 70’s. It also leaves you expecting to do so, but that is just fine! I have since broken 70 a couple times, but none since I got out of college and had to get a real job! Something about working that is not conducive to practice.
How have your scoring milestones come about? I would love to hear about them. Sound off in the comments section or shoot me an email. Have fun out there.