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  1. Last week, I played in a local Amateur tourney.  It was a 3-day event and it was played at a different course each day.  Not only had I never played the courses, but they were at the 66-6900 yardage tees, and I usually play in the 6200 range with my 13 handicap.  I was the second highest handicap (one of only 3 in the event with 10+). 

    My game plan was simple, take it slow and easy.  Don’t try and kill the ball, don’t try and make up for a short drive with a killer 3-wood.  Accept (and expect) bogey, and pars and birdies would be icing.  I played two days from the tips at my own course to get acclimated, scoring 88 and then 95.  Both days I had blowup holes but overall was pretty happy with my performance (the second day was the worst day so far this year, with a 104 on the temp, 125 heat index- I really thought about quitting that day).

    My goal was simple, I knew that coming in last was very likely, and would be very hard not to do.  So my goal was break 100 each day – not to have blowups, and really was to get to +80 for the tournament.  I didn’t quite do the +80, but I did pretty well on blowups.  The first day, I had a 9 early, trying to overcome a bad drive and then scramble.  Then I got things together and manged 6 pars for the day.  The second day was the most intimidating of the courses and the longest.  A Nicklaus Signature course – and I had some bad holes, but nothing worse than a triple.  The last day, on the shortest course, I felt I played the best, but I had the least pars, but the most bogeys.  Unlike the distance of day 2, what got me on day 3 was the super tiny greens which were rolling at a 15. 

    Having the plan from the start really worked well for me.  I came over my +80 (+89) – but I did beat 100 on two of the days.

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