We played at a great golf club called Watson’s Glen, which plays at 7,000 yards from the tips. Awesome course, great fairways and most of the greens were in top condition. A couple of them were a little burned out, but we are experiencing a drought and even with daily watering, the ground is parched.
I wish I could say that it was sterling day of ball-striking all around, but Steve and his guys were a little worse for wear with a late previous night out and an early jaunt over to the Hockey Hall of Fame before the round.
I was also quite off today. While I was nursing a sore right hand from hitting a shot from the rough in the Sunday tournament, I can make no excuses about it. It was bad day of striking. Probably a combination of trying too hard to give Steve a good show, and not having played enough this year. I have to start playing more regularly, as I was just off-kilter all day.
Still, I was impressed with Steve’s swing on the ball. He feels he could hit it longer (and don’t we all?), but he hits a beautiful little draw shot with every club, and looks very Austin-esque on his follow-through. We’ve already had a look at his swing earlier in the year.
In person, I remarked that I really couldn’t see anything wrong with it. He said Jaacob Bowden had told him during a lesson that he couldn’t do anything for him. I had to agree. He hits a solid ball, and has a good action. Nothing to fix.
We got a picture taken on the first tee. From left to right are Mark, Vince, myself and Steve. The marshal insisted that we stand at that angle for the picture, but I think it would have turned out much better had we been turned to the right more and facing the sun. But I wasn’t going to argue with the marshal on the first tee!
At any rate, it was a great day, the weather was sunny and hot if a little humid, the course was fabulous and Steve’s guys Mark and Vince were great company.
Thanks to Steve for looking me up while in the area, and I will definitely have to give him a shout if and when I can get out to Cali!