I gave away so many shots today.

I started on 10 FYI, so I didn’t gag it away on 17…LOL. That was my 8th hole.

Today showed me I can be good again. I can honestly say I was awful in all facets of the game, but chipping.

I will have a more detailed account tomorrow, but I 3-putted my first hole, missed two 2-footers and a host of 10-20 footers.

I had the hooks really bad on my first 9 with every club and that led to a 30 yard blocked 6 iron into the water on my 8th hole (#17 on the card). Then I wedged it 2 feet and missed the two footer for bogey…%&^$%#%^&*&^%^&*(&%^.!!!!!!!!!!!

My big problem today was I was just not comfortable playing in a tournament. I didn’t commit to a lot of shots and putts…trying to steer too many of them.

I don’t count this qualifier last year because I didn’t prepare for it. This was my first real tournament round since the fall of 2008 and I need to do it more.

I should shoot 65 on this course in my sleep and today proved that to be so. If I can be that uncomfortable and play that bad and still be semi-competitive, I still have what it takes.

For those interested, I will have a blow by blow tomorrow and you will see how bad I was, but how good I can be if I just…well…play instead of being a swing nerd.

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  1. Brett Picotte

    Way to battle, Monte.

    I hope you’ll be coming to Springfield this year. I promise not to leave your head cover in the fairway this time. 🙂

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      There’s a good chance I will. if for no other reason than to come hang out again.

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      • Brett Picotte

        Great. We’ll have some fun.

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  2. Wally

    Monte
    Tomorrow, go into it with the idea that you are just giving a class on shooting well. STOP THINKING ABOUT THE OUTCOME, don’t be afraid of success. Keep this thought “you have already made the cut, you are just going through the motions”.

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  3. s.

    “My big problem today was I was just not comfortable playing in a tournament.”

    Exactly the knock on Tiger. Commentators have been saying that he needed to play competitive golf in order to make his comeback.

    “I didn’t commit to a lot of shots and putts…trying to steer too many of them.”

    Yup, Dog Whisperer was right: calm & ASSERTIVE. Golf balls don’t understand anything else.

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