Round Played: with Axel Leer –
by Wayne Halm –
On May 30th 2014 I played the Kauai Lagoons Course with Axel Leer of Ridgecrest, California. Axel and I had such a good time yesterday that we decided to do it again. Ron consented to take their families snorkeling – Axel owes Ron big time.
We had visions of “putting meat on the table’’ – of “bringing home the birdies”. Well, that didn’t happen. The trade winds were stronger – yeah, let’s blame it on the wind. We got our share of pars, but the birdie putts just would not fall.
A trade shower provided us a putting lesson. The shower itself was not much of a problem; they blow over in about 3 minutes. But on the next (wet) green we both putted short – twice. I understand the lesson, now if I can just remember it.
Even without birdies this was a great round. The PoP was good yet we still had plenty of time to talk, laugh, and get to know each other better – resort golf, it’s a good thing.
There were other good things too. Axel hit a drive 308 yards, I suspect he’ll brag about that for a while. And I pared the 18th hole, I’ll brag about that right now.
The 18th is a longish par 4 to an island style green; the real challenge is that it plays directly into the trade winds. I hit a sold tee shot and decided to go for the green in two. I estimated the wind to be two clubs, gripped my 6 iron firmly, and prepared to hit the shot hard. Then I had an epiphany (epiphany is writer speak for a sudden understanding). Suddenly I understood that I had already compensated for the wind with the longer club and there was no need to crush the ball. I settled into my normal rhythm and landed the ball in the center of the green. Oh yeah, two putts later I was strutting around with a par – it felt good – I want to do it again!
Come play golf with me.
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