Mowsbury Park - Bedford - 31/08/18 | Kilburnlad | Golf | Diary

Mowsbury Park - Bedford - 31/08/18

For a change I can write a report that is a cause for celebration. Today was the Mad Cats Society's monthly outing. The organiser, John, calculates your handicap based on performance with the society, the starting point being your club handicap. As a result, my handicap had previously crept up to 28, but conscious of my inability to play even to that figure, John had upped it to 30 for today's outing. This act of generosity, aimed at giving everybody a chance to win something, coincided with me actually managing to play a very controlled round. The result was a score of 38 points, enough to make me the top man on the day. Something that was far from my expectations when I set off in the morning.

Conditions were perfect. Bright and cloudy to start with, with the sun breaking through later to produce a warm day with very little wind. As for the course, I'm convinced I've played there before, but I can find no record of this in my diary, nor in archived copies of the Mad Cats' programmes. This remains a mystery.

My drive off the 1st tee was good, which is always reassuring on a society day. The second shot, however, needed to clear a lateral ditch, so I played safe and laid up. I put the next iron shot to the right of the green with a bit of a shank, but played a good gap wedge over the banking around the green, allowing two putts for a nett bogey 6. The 2nd was very controlled. A longish drive, hybrid and iron down the middle, with a chip and one putt for a nett birdie 5. A good result on this long par 4 (418 yards) which is a par 5 for the women.

The 3rd didn't go so well. My drive was good but then a heavy hybrid sent me into trees as I tried to negotiate the right hand dogleg. I took care and played out sideways, putting the next iron shot just on the edge of the green. It was a long putt and I ended up taking three for a nett bogey 7. The 4th didn't present any problems as a very good drive (185 yards) was followed by a hybrid and then an iron to the green. Two putts for a nett birdie 5. I now had 8 points on four holes, but the 5th spoiled the run. It was a 152 yard par 3 and I should have laid up. Instead I took the driver and put the ball in a right-side bunker. I got out, but the ball landed on the bank around the green and then rolled into the adjacent bunker. I got out again but was now on 3. After chipping on I took three putts, which sealed my fate for a blobbed 7. My only blob as it turned out.

I pulled things back on the par 5, 6th, a left-hand dogleg. A drive, two hybrids and an 8-iron got me on the green, where two putts gave me a nett par 6. The 7th was a bit wayward, the drive being short and left, followed by a hybrid that crossed over to the right-side rough. I then pulled my 6-iron shot back into the left-side rough. A deft pitch got me on the green where a single putt was a possibility, but I needed two for a nett par 6. On the 8th, another par 5, I just scraped a point. The drive was a bit short but two hybrids left me a shot to the green, which unfortunately was short. A chip on and two putts for a nett bogey 8. On the par 3, 9th, I had learnt my lesson from the 5th and played to lay up. As it was, I came perilously close to the left-side bunker, but a pitch on and two putts gave me a nett birdie 4.

So it was 54 out with 16 points.

The 10th continued the good run. Another par 5, I played my 3-wood after a good drive, which at 168 yards just exceeding my drive in distance. The following hybrid almost made the green for 3, and a chip and two putts gave me a nett birdie 6.

Hole 10 - 31 August 2018

Hole 10, par 5, with 3-wood 2nd shot

I had a bit of luck on the par 3, 11th. My hybrid tee shot was a ground-hugger, but kindly negotiated a path between the two bunkers guarding the green to end up on the 'dance floor' as they say. Two putts for a par and a nett birdie. On the 12th I made the green for 3, two putting for a nett birdie 5, my third 3-points in a row. Things got even better on the 13th. A reasonable drive was followed by not-so-good hybrid, but I then put a 7-iron shot on the green. It was again a bit lucky, as the ball ran largely along the ground to get there. One putt for a par, and this time a nett eagle for 4 points.

The 14th again went well. A long drive, a hybrid and then a 6-iron put me just off the green. A chip and one putt for a nett birdie; another 3 points, giving me 16 in total for the first five holes of the back nine. The 15th is another par 5 and was the only hole where I had a bit of a mishap. The drive set off left, but on landing rolled right across the sloping fairway. The ball ended up such that there was a large oak tree in front and a tree line to the right. Aiming for the gap, my hybrid was heavy, which sent the ball right where it bounced into the edge of the shrubbery. I had to take a penalty drop. A 6-iron got be back in play mid-fairway from where I put an 8-iron shot on the green. Two putts for a nett bogey 8.

Things got back on track on the 16th. The drive was a bit wayward, the ball settling close to a tree to the right of the fairway. I hit a hybrid out, the ball clipping branches as it shot off. The shot wasn't long but allowed me to put a 6-iron shot fairly close to the green for 3. A pitch on and two putts for a nett par 6. The men's tee on the 17th sits high above the green. After waiting a long while for the green to clear, I topped a hybrid tee shot sending the ball left into heavy rough about 50 yards from the tee. With the group behind watching on, I hit a really good 8-iron out, to shouts of "good shot, Bob", putting the ball just off the back-left of the green. I putted on but needed two more putts to finish with a nett bogey 5. The 18th finished things off nicely. After a good drive I put my hybrid shot on the green, leaving a long putt. I needed three for a nett par 5.

I came in with 47 shots and 22 points, making 101 shots and 38 points in total. The 47 compares with my best 9 hole score of 45. As you may expect, I was very pleased with the day.

Game Golf scorecard.

Scorecard - 31 August 2018

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