Wesley Ruff - Hole #4

    I used to play at a lot at the old Spanish Fork Golf Course, the little 9 hole course by the old airport. It was a fun little track. Every 3rd hole came back to the clubhouse, so you could actually start on #4 or #7 if things were crowded on the first tee. The greens were small and they were all pitched, so if you were to the side or behind them, you had to hit it into the back and let it hop up, or else it would roll over the green or down to the front. We had a lot of fun down then back in the day.

   My friends and I were all at about the same level. And once we started shooting "under bogey" golf, the next goal was to break 40 (it was a par 35..2 par 5's and 3 par 3's.). I'm pretty sure I was the last of my friends to break 40. I came close several times, but would always find a way to blow it at the end, with a bogey or a double bogey on the tough par 4 9th hole.
But one day, I came to the 7th tee box at even par. I had one birdie and one bogey. I made the mistake of thinking' "hey, I can shoot under 40 today!". That's always trouble. I bogeyed the par 5 7th, then double bogeyed the par 3 8th. But I came to #9 knowing that a bogey would get me my first sub-40 9-hole round. I hit a decent tee shot on the par 4 450 yard 9th hole, missed the green with my 2nd shot, chipped up, and needed 2 putts for a 39. I was choking like a dog, but I somehow managed to sneak in the 2nd putt, and I was in the 30's!!  It really wasn't a big deal, but it was to me. I had broken that barrier, and nothing could stop me now. Except for a lack of talent...

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