Round Played: with Dan Roton and Becky Kirkpatrick –
By Wayne Halm –
How do golfers in the north do it? Only three weeks off and I struggled.
On April 24th 2017 I played the Puakea Golf Course with my old buddy Dan Roton and my new buddy Becky Kirkpatrick (she is from Windsor, California). I didn’t score well. But we didn’t let that get in the way of having FUN … we just made my poor play part of the FUN.
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I hadn’t played much in the past three weeks … been working … writing. But this day I decided that the words could wait and went out on the course.
Right away I learned something, “Work is Bad for Golf”. The sand wedge was my only club that worked consistently … and it got a lot of work.
This round solidified my admiration of my mainland and Canadian golf buddies. If I didn’t play during a 4 or 5 month off season … I really believe I would have to restart at square one. (Of course there are people who think that would be a good thing for me.)
In spite of my poor play we were having a good time … a bad shot is simply an opportunity to play the next shot from an interesting location. But I did worry that my poor performance was affecting Dan and Becky’s game.
At my level of play “luck” is a big part of golf. But this wasn’t bad luck, I think it was just me. However, Dan has his own ideas about luck.
On the 18th green Dan asked me to come over and look at his putt. I protested, “Dan, I just three putted, you couldn’t possibly want my comments.”
He replied, “I don’t want your advice. I just want you to stand here and absorb all of the bad luck in the area.”
Becky and I had to laugh at that one. And perhaps it worked … he drained the 20 footer.
This was a great day on a golf course … I needed it. I needed to get back out as much as anyone starting their season. I didn’t play well but we had a lot of FUN … It was the way golf should be.
I’ve already swapped out the putter in my bag and I’m looking forward to a skins game on Sunday.
I have a 2017 goal of playing golf with 100 people I haven’t met … Becky is number 8. Want to be in that number? …
Come play golf with me.
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