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Bourn Golf & Leisure Club - 21/04/16

Today was the first outing of the season with the 'Mad Cats', so named because they used to meet in the pub of that name near to the Lakeside Lodge course. It's a seniors' club that plays once a month at different courses, which offers the opportunity to try new challenges.

I hadn't played the Bourn course previously and for me it turned out to be a mixture of success and failure. The weather was kind. Not a lot of sun but it was bright and the wind wasn't too troublesome.

The par 3, 1st sets an immediate challenge with a water-filled ditch in front of the green. I opted for my driver, which unsurprisingly overshot the green but not by much. A chip back on and two putts for a 4 gave me a nett par and two points.

By contrast the 2nd is a par 5. I put my drive right and had a tricky second shot as I needed to avoid trees, which caused me to send the shot left. A couple of good hybrid shots set me up for a pitch onto the green but I was short and right. The next shot got me on and two putts gave me a gross 7, for a nett par and another two points.

I had a cracking drive on the 3rd followed by a long (157 yard) hybrid shot, again setting me up to pitch on the green, but I was a bit short. A 7-iron pitch-and-run followed by two putts gave me a gross 6, which was another nett par for two points. Things were looking good.

I didn't connect cleanly with my hybrid tee shot on the par, 4th, but put the next shot just off the green and pitched on with my 7-iron for a single putt and a gross 4, and another nett par for 2 points. I couldn't have wished for a better start.

Of course it couldn't last. A down-the-middle 185 yard drive on the 5th was wasted when I hit my hybrid shot along the ground and into the waiting ditch. I then made the mistake of playing the ball out. I did in fact play a good shot, but the 8-iron was a bad choice, as the ball just clipped the top of the ditch and rebounded back in, but this time it was lost in the stream. I took a penalty drop but then played a couple of below average hybrid shots in succession, before putting an 8-iron shot on the green for 7. If I could have made the long putt I would have rescued a point, but it just skirted the hole and the resulting gross 9 was a blob.

The 6th exacted even more pain. My drive hooked left and caught a tree on the bank of the same ditch that had trapped me on the 5th. I couldn't find the ball in the ditch so again took a penalty drop. A 154 yard hybrid shot recovered the situation somewhat and I then went for broke with a 5-wood to try to reach the green. It was a good shot but went right of the green. I didn't worry too much but when I got there it had in fact rolled down a bank into the lake. Another penalty drop was taken before pitching on the green and two putting for a gross 8 and another blob.

I sliced my drive on the 7th putting it over onto the edge of the 14th fairway. I decided to play down that fairway to avoid lofting over trees but sliced the next hybrid right, placing me even further from the 7th fairway/green. A muffed hybrid followed by a better one put me about 50 yards from the green from where I pitched on and two putted, but it was another gross 8 and another blob. Three blobbed holes on the trot. Things now weren't looking so good.

The 8th was unfortunate in that I was on the green for 3 and then three-putted for a 6, giving me a nett 5 for one point.

The downhill 9th was much much better. A 202 yard drive followed by a good hybrid shot put me on the green for 2, and two putts gave me a gross par for three points.

The 10th is a challenging hole with a raised green that drops away to the ditch that runs across the front of it. My drive went right and I put the next shot left while avoiding trees. However, this set me up for a pitch onto the green, which was successful, and two putts gave me a gross 5, nett 4, for two points.

I looked up when making my 5-wood tee shot on the par 3, 11th, and the result wasn't good. However, a hybrid and an iron got me on for 3, and a single putt gave me a nett par for two points.

A good drive and hybrid second shot, followed by a 9-iron pitch got me on the 12th green for 3. I got two shots on this hole so the narrowly missed par putt would have given me four points. Instead I managed to three-putt for a gross 6 and two points.

My drive on the 13th was long (194 yards) but went left into trees. It took a while to find the ball and the 7-iron clearance only added 30 yards. I then laid up with the next hybrid to avoid another ditch, pitching on for 4 with the next shot. Two putts gave me a gross 6 on this par 5 for two points.

You may have noticed that I had now nett parred the first four shots on the back nine, just like I did on the front nine.

I drove right on the 14th, perversely going onto the edge of the 7th fairway, remembering that I had gone on the 14th fairway when playing the 7th! An attempt to loft over trees failed, although the second attempt succeeded. I needed two more shots to get on the green for 5, and two putts for a 7 meant I blobbed the hole.

The par 3, 15th didn't go well. I wasn't far off the green with my drive but chipped too far and had to chip-and-run back on. Three putts then sealed my fate with a gross 6 and another blob.

The 16th is a par 5 and I only got one extra shot. The approach wasn't too bad but I put the ball to the right of the green for 4, and needed to chip over a bank. I 'dug in' with the first attempt and was short with the second, so was finally on the green for 7. Two putts for a gross 9 meant another blob.

So just like the front nine, four nett pars had been followed by three blobs.

The 17th has a ditch at about 150 yards, which I trundled into. After a penalty drop, the second of two fairway shots put me in the right hand bunker. I played out onto the green but needed two putts for a gross 7, but I got two shots on the hole so scored one point.

The same ditch featured on the 18th, but in this case I carried it. The two subsequent hybrid shots got me on the green for 3. Two putts gave me a gross 5, and with two shots on the hole, I had a nett birdie for three points.

You may have noticed, therefore, that the back nine mirrored the front nine, in that I scored 2,2,2,2,0,0,0,1,3 on each. That is 12 points out and 12 points back.

Yet another day when I brooded over what might have been. But I learnt a few lessons, and next time I'll treat the ditches with much more respect.

Here's the game Golf scorecard:

Scorecard - 21 April 2016

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