I’ve said many times that my favorite form of competitive golf is match play. It was in a match play format in 2005 when I won my (first) club championship at River Oaks. That’s the proudest moment in my personal amateur golf career. I made birdies on 17 and 18 to win 1UP. That same season I made the championship match at another club, Meadowbrook as well. That match was 27 holes, and I was 2UP after 18. My opponent, a former pro, rattled off five five birdies in a row.
I’ve had many matches over the years and each match has its own personality. Some great, some not. One great one was one I lost to a guy who I witnessed shooting a 62 on my home course. In that match I made five birdies. All were tied. I played great and lost. All you can say is “well played. Good luck in the next match!”
This afternoon I have my first gross match at Bonneville, one of my three home courses. This one is a gross match against a player who carries about the same handicap I’m carrying right now. My handicap is inflated from high scores this spring as I shook off the rust. Then again, my opponent’s might be as well. I don’t know my opponent. Should be fun. The winner of my match today will face the #1 seed, a +2.9 handicap. Strictly by the numbers it sounds like 2nd round exit for one of us, but you never know. We are all human.
For fun I also entered the net match play at Bonneville. I don’t have much of a chance in this one as I’ll be giving up a lot of strokes to my opponents. As one of the four lowest handicappers in the field, I got an automatic bye in the first round. The net match play is 9-holes, with the final being 18. Ask me if it was fun after my first match. We’ll see if I’m too irritated about giving up shots!
2014 U.S. Open TV Viewing Schedule