17 - About to set new personal best?


17 February 2003

After the 15th hole today, Scott knew he would need to throw a par and two bogies, or the equivalent, to beat his personal best score for the first 18 holes at Morley Field (65); a reachable goal. This being our second time disc golfing in the past two days, he was playing well, at 8 over par over the first 15 holes. He ended up with a double-bogey (5) on the 16th, meaning he'd have to par both of the next two holes to beat his best. On the seventeenth, visible in the background (not the orange flag; the basket is visible near the central cluster of eucalyptus trees...yes, it's the tree hole), Scott hit a close tree, landing his disc closer to the tee than to the hole and it seemed he'd have to wait another day for a record, then he made a miraculous second shot onto the "green" and sank a 15-foot putt for par.

Here he is, waiting on the 18th. A few minutes later, he made his best drive ever on this hole, getting to within 50 feet or so from the hole. His second shot, however, sailed past the hole and down a small hill, landing about 25 feet away, under the branches of a pepper tree. I think he was going for the birdie. Crouching beneath the branches and forced to putt with an overhand (discus-like) delivery, he found a way to put the disc in the basket for the par!

Final 18-hole score: Scott 64, Dave 56. (No, mine was not a PB. That, a 48, was last achieved when Scott was 5 months old.)


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