September Golf Report

I went undefeated in September, first winning a nine hole match in Shizuoka and making an incredible birdie that I celebrated first by planking the green and then by performing a crepuscular birdie dance. 

My second win of September was in Hokkaido. And it had been brought to my attention that planking on golf course putting greens is signally inappropriate, especially so for a turfgrass scientist, so I took the opportunity to practice a new birdie dance that I hope will be appreciated by all.

If you were at Takanodai CC today, you would have seen me perform the new birdie dance after I chipped in on the second hole, only to stand down after I realized I’d just holed out for a double bogey, rather than a birdie.

Takanodai is the host club for this year’s Japan Open Championship and as a consequence the rough is grown up to about 150 mm. The Open will be played in two weeks and I found Takanodai with its narrow fairways, firm greens, and penal rough to be a fine test as I make my final preparations for next week’s Micah Woods Invitational. I played two matches today, winning one, and fighting back for a draw in the other.

We stopped for lunch after the front nine, and I’d like to think that this hearty steak lunch, a Takanodai specialty, helped to fortify me for the back nine. 

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