I played River Ridge Vineyard Course this morning and set a new personal best by breaking 90 for the first time – with authority. A solid 86. I actually had to adjust it to an 85 to post because I took a nine on the par 5 #11 hole. I got greedy there and made some bad decisions because I have birdied that hole before. My drive was bad (tried to chew off the corner) and I had to punch out to the fairway. My third shot which should have been my second I decided to “go for it” instead of laying up because I wanted to make up for the lost shot and… I put it in the lake. Dumb, dumb, dumb. So I was all discombobulated when I dropped and proceeded to pitch it not just over the lake but over the green, where it took me two more hacks to get on the green and then I two-putted. ARGH.
I had a birdie, three pars, three bogeys and two doubles for a 42 on the front nine, and I was so excited. Then I doubled on #10, and after the disaster on #11 I thought my record round was over. But I pulled it together, re-grouped and followed that up with par, birdie, par, bogey, bogey, par, bogey. Solid! 7 fairways hit, 10 GIRs (all of the par 3s) and 38 putts (4 3-putts). Boy, that felt good!