Breaking 100

/ Sports / Golf /

I’d talk skiing with the guy who owned the jewelry store in Long Beach. He talked golf. We’d ski together, he was all awe. When I took up golf he said I was such a great athlete I’d probably break — some number — my first time on the course. The numbers meant nothing to me: did he way I’d break 100? 90? I blabbed his praise to some girl who was flirting with me: Pro Leo was grooming her to be the woman pro. I said Darryl said I’d probably break 80, 70 … and she wouldn’t talk to me anymore! I didn’t know what I was saying.

Anyway the first time I played on the Lido Beach actual course, under instruction from Darryl to build a handicap so I could compete in the tournaments, Leo warned me not to report anything much over 106 telling me to cheat I guess, I recorded a 103: not too inaccurate: I might have hit one out of bounds and not penalized myself: in other words my 103 may have been a 105. But within a week or so I was recording 101, 100, 99, and meaning it.
I thought I’d keep going, but I didn’t: it leveled off around 93. I’d try hard, do well, then flub some other hole: 93, 94; never 92.

Till one day I played not at Lido but at the course my mother had moved onto in Maryland. The fairways were narrow but short, an old man’s course: amateur retirees. I shot an 80!!! 36, 44, something like that. 1 birdie, 1 bogey.
Oh, man, wait till I show the guys back at Lido!
But once home, 93! straight back to 93.

One time I did shoot even par, but on an executive par 3 course in Daytona Beach: 1 birdie 1 bogey. Oh, and some cute college girls to show off for.


About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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