December Golf In Illinois…. Whaaaaat?

December 2, 2017, marks a special day in my life. In 11 years of playing recreational/competitive golf, that monumental day was the first December round of golf I have ever played. It probably doesn’t seem like an exciting situation to you Average Joe’s, but any one who has hit the sweet spot of a 7 iron knows how important that last round of the year is.

What makes it more sweet is that it was my first round in a solid 4 months; I’m surprised I was still able to make contact with the ball. Sure maybe I lost a handful of balls and my dignity (threw up the Hawaiian 9-0), but there were some darts thrown that give me hope I’ve still got it buried under a couple layers of rust.

The course was Atwood and I’ve always had a soft spot for this course since firing a 79 and winning the boys 14-15 y/o area tournament 💪🏼 Honestly, all I had to hear was golf and I was in, didn’t matter where we played.

Our foursome’s average age was damn near 35 years lower than any of the other groups out there, I wasn’t mad about it; those olds dudes are piping it down the middle every time. Sure they aren’t winning any long drive contests but fairway fairway putt putt is not a bad way to play.

I thought that the greens keepers weren’t trying to have these hacks come chop up their fairways and greens, but you’d think with their pin locations that’s exactly what they wanted to accomplish. I thought I was going for a leisurely last round before putting the sticks in the attic, not reading a putt from four different angels on Masters Sunday. 18/18 pin locations were on the middle of a ridge; hit it past, bye bye ball; leave it short, have with a 4 foot sweeping left to right putt, jackass.

I’ve accepted that I peaked in the sport of golf back in my competitive days. Playing for Rock Valley CC I was playing golf 6 out of the 7 days of the week, it would be impossible for me to continue sucking. Yeah there were a fair share of low rounds and more than I’m proud to admit not so low rounds, but never will I play to that competitive level.

I could of lost all my golf balls, broken my driver, and forgot my putter before the round and I would still want to go out and play. I’ve got the itch and playing Rory McIlroy 2016 on Xbox isn’t cutting it; might be making a spontaneous trip to Florida, I’m pretty sure that’s the only logical solution… maybe.

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