For the first time, I played in my company’s annual golf outing. Problem was, I hadn’t swung a club this season. With work, friends, family, animals, volleyball, running, racing, volunteering, eating, sleeping, traveling… I didn’t only not make the time, I didn’t have the time. And the venue didn’t have a practice range! I was prepared to suck today.
Even with my lack of practice, I was still hoping to make some solid attempts at the Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive contests for the ladies. Hell, there were only 3 of us ladies playing anyway! I shook the rust off on hole #1. It wasn’t as rough as I expected. Then on #2, we used 3 of my hits on the par 4! #3, a par 3… all my shots! WTF?! The short game I never had came out to play! I was super excited that I was actually contributing and not sucking.
We arrived to a Closest to the Pin hole. I focused. Took my 2 practice swings and fired. Sweet Gesus, I was well inside of the current leader and really close to the hole. After arriving to the marker, turned out this was the Men’s Closest to the Pin contest! Fugh. But I knew how great the golfer already on the marker was, so I had to leave him a note to rub it in. It’s just good comradery!
And get photographic proof.
On the Longest Drive hole, I felt I was 2 feet off the actual fairway in the light rough. Some could have said it was still fairway. I didn’t want to play that way. I was happy with my drive. The last hole of the day brought us to the Ladies Closest to the Pin contest. The marker this time was on the fringe of the green. Ok. Let’s do this again.
Well, not at all as close as before, but well inside the current mark! Our team ended up +2, nowhere near a podium finish but we had a lot of fun. I won $50 to the pro-shop for my shot on 18. During the door prizes, CS and I both won $25 in restaurant cards. Then we were offered a trade of $50 more to the pro-shop. Sold! After both of us browsed the club house for something to purchase, we really couldn’t find anything we needed. We both got new gloves and shoes last year. CS a new bag and driver cover too. I have an unlimited supply of golf balls. What to buy? Then CS spied the Oakley display. No pair was near $50. CS graciously offered me his prize so I could purchase these beauties!
No more $5 Walmart workout shades! I’ll sweat in style!