Saturday, April 30, 2011

Golf is such a funny game!

I joined three of my buddies today to play in a local Relay for Life golf tournament.  We started out this morning with high hopes of bringing home the goods.  We put together what we thought would be a good foursome and off we went.  I would like to tell you that we won the tournament, but sadly I can not do that.  We played pretty well, but there were some other teams that played a bit better.  It was a fun day spent with good friends and I would gladly take my chances in the next tournament with the same three guys that I played with today.  Now here's the funny part...

Since this was a charity tournament, prizes were given in the form of golf equipment instead of cash.  They were nice prizes however!  First place took home Taylor Made Drivers, second place took home Taylor Made Fairway woods, and third place took home Odyssee putters.  There were also prizes for closest to the pin shots on all of the par 3's which included golf bags and Titleist wedges.  But the big prize of the day and the one that had everyone talking was a chance to hit your ball closest to the pin on a Par 4 that sits on the edge of a lake some 278 yards from the tee.  The hole is designed to play around the water, but a brave golfer with a little pop in his swing can try and carry the water and a sand trap and try to hit the green for an easy Eagle attempt.  The prize for this shot was a brand new 2011 Taylor Made R-11 driver. (retail $400)    This is an extremely nice prize for a charity golf tournament!!

I stepped on the tee and paid my $5 for my chance.  I had been hitting my driver pretty good all day, so I was fairly confident that I could make it onto the green, but a previous shot had been measured in at 22 feet.  It's hard enough to hit the green, much less get it closer than 22 feet.  Remember, the pin is 278 yards away!  I took my time and picked out a line of sight.  I drew it back and let it rip!  It looked good from the get go!  I knew it was enough and headed in the right direction, but you can never tell what will happen when it hits.

Let me take a moment to back up and tell you how I played the par threes today.  A par three is a shorter shot and you should be able to hit the green on a consistent basis.  I usually do pretty well on par 3's because I am a pretty good iron player.  Well today was not my day.  I did not hit one single green in regulation on a par 3!  For me, that is terrible!  Back to the impossible shot...

As the ball was coming down towards the green I thought it was going to be coming in too hot for the green to hold it.  This would mean that my shot would end up over the green.  The golf God's must have felt bad for how they treated me on the Par 3's and actually made my ball check when it hit.  The result... 7' 11" from the cup!  Noone else came close.  The prize of the tournament was mine!

I can't hit a Par 3 from less than 160 yards but I can pull that shot off!

Golf is such a funny game!

9 comments:

Emily said...

Awesome! Congrats on that shot.

I'm a terrible golfer. I try and hit that stupid little ball with a swing of a softball player which doesn't work out so well. I hate golf. It is the only sport that makes me swear. I good throw a golf ball farther than I could hit it which is why I prefer to just drive the little golf cart around.

Emily said...

Oops... I meant to say "could throw.." I need another beer.

Trey said...

Emily as long as you bring the beer, I'm sure none of my guys would mind you driving the cart!!

Two different swings from softball to golf! It took me a while to convert my baseball swing but I finally got there! Keep trying!

Molly said...

Good for you! That's awesome, your last name is Luckie after all. Haha

-Josh

CHERI said...

Congrats! Glad you had a great time.

tim said...

Did you make the putt?

The Downeast Duck Hunter said...

It would have been a better post if you had dropped it...

Trey said...

For those who are wondering, yes we did make the Eagle putt!

Duckman, if I had sunk it, we would be on to challenge #4, but...

The Downeast Duck Hunter said...

True true true, wasn't thinking man... long weekend...