April Golf Report

Why do I look so confident? I just went undefeated again. I won my first match of April at Hawaii, going round the Challenge at Manele in 83 strokes, performing an inimitable birdie dance on the 6th hole, and remaining unfazed by the schools of dolphins jumping in the bay below. You may have seen the picture of my birdie dance already. You would smile if you could see it again. Click here to see the birdie dance.

My second and final match of April was at Yokohama Country Club. In a test of tight driving and long iron play, I hit straight drives and long irons on the recently renovated East Course.

And although this is the April golf report, I can’t resist a recounting of my first win in May. The scene: Manila’s challenging Philippine Navy Golf Club in the heat of summer with temperatures approaching 37 degrees. On the first hole it took me three shots to get out of the greenside bunker. I made a 20-footer for double bogey. On the second I made another one-putt, this time for bogey. On the third I made another bogey. Thoughts of Ken Venturi at Congressional floated through my mind. What followed was a spectacular run that few will ever experience. I was four over after three holes, added another double bogey at the 16th, and still finished with a 75. I made four 3’s in a stretch of five holes, only two of which were par 3s, including an eagle at the 9th, the longest hole on the course. The denouement: I won my match handily. I don’t need a picture of my birdie (and eagle) dances from this round as the sweat-stained scorecard tells the story.

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