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Golf Team’s First Match

The high school golf team - for which I am the volunteer assistant coach - had its first match last night at J.C. Martin "Country Club." In quotes because, well, if you've ever played at J.C. Martin you know it's about as far from a country club as you can get. The card? 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 - 2286 yards.

The team pulled out a 33-27 victory despite about twenty four-putts. The one defense the course has is greens slanted at about 30° angles. Get above the pin and you're looking at a 30-footer coming back.

The opposing coach, well, let's say he should read the rules a little more closely. Specifically, rule 24-2. He should also realize that local rules can't really override USGA rules. A fence is an immovable obstruction, period, and the rules of golf say nothing about the intended purpose of a fence or what "would have happened" had the ball not rolled under it. But I digress…

1-0. Undefeated. Woo! 🙂 It's too bad I don't think I'll be able to attend the next two matches. Got a dinner date with some neighbors and a function at Carey's school.

3 Responses to "Golf Team’s First Match"

  1. Congrats on the win. Always nice to go home with a win.

    I am curious how you score your matches. Please explain 33-27? Here in MI, we play 5 (sometimes 6), count 4. Our scores for 9 hole matches are around 160 and 320 for 18 holes.

    And I feel your pain, I have often dealt with the frustration of an ignorant golf coach. They are plenty of great ones, but there are also lots of terrible ones. Many are there for the wrong reasons.

  2. When I played, it was the top 6 players and we had four points in a match. The first nine (match play) was one, the second nine (match play) was two, the total (match play) was three, and the total stroke play was the fourth point. Six guys, 24 possible points, 12.5 to win a match.

    Now they play nine holes. All six still count and each plays for 10 points for a total of 60 points. Every hole is its own one-point match, and then total stroke play is the 10th point.

  3. I know nothing about golf... but, i'll pretend that's how we do it in Michigan Ethan... lol congrats Erik....