I used to golf two to three times per week. I had a course membership in Virginia Beach and usually shot in the mid 80s. I've shot 80 at least ten different times but have never broken into the 70s.
So, a friend of mine at work suggests we hit the links yesterday. I haven't played since last summer or even picked up a club (new child, bills, etc. got in the way). He takes me to a course he is a member of and lays claim that he's a "scratch" golfer. I chuckle inside. Normally when someone tells me they're a scratch golfer, they really have no idea what that actually means. So, we go to the course.
I've never played this particular course before so I take me friends word for it when it comes to hazards and distances. The front 9 goes well, really well. I'm in at 32 and feeling damn good about myself. This is easily the best golf I've played maybe ever.
We grab some hot dogs and a beer and head to the tenth. I'm already 4 under par and 10 is a shorter par 5. My drive is smack down the middle with only 170 to the pin. I stick the pin and am left with a couple feet for eagle. I make the eagle. I'm giddy.
Over the next 5 holes, I have a double bogey and two other bogies. This is ok because I am still 2 under with 3 to play. The 70s are in my sights. Then my drive on 16 goes in the water. I tell myself this is ok. I hit a 3 wood into the fairway with a decent look at possibly scrambling for a bogey on the easiest hole on the course. Fast forward ten minutes and I just recorded a 10 on the hole. I'm now 4 over and the 70s are still attainable. Two pars and I'm in the clubhouse at 76.
I bogey 17. A double bogey on 18 will put me at 79.
18 is a decent par 5. I'm sitting at 72 right now.
I'm walking off of the 18th green now, down a sand wedge that is at the bottom of the pond in front of the 18th green and I have a score of 82. I hate my life.