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Mowsbury Park - Bedford - 31/08/18

For a change I can write a report that is a cause for celebration. Today was the Mad Cats Society's monthly outing. The organiser, John, calculates your handicap based on performance with the society, the starting point being your club handicap. As a result, my handicap had previously crept up to 28, but conscious of my inability to play even to that figure, John had upped it to 30 for today's outing. This act of generosity, aimed at giving everybody a chance to win something, coincided with me actually managing to play a very controlled round. The result was a score of 38 points, enough to make me the top man on the day. Something that was far from my expectations when I set off in the morning.

Conditions were perfect. Bright and cloudy to start with, with the sun breaking through later to produce a warm day with very little wind. As for the course, I'm convinced I've played there before, but I can find no record of this in my diary, nor in archived copies of the Mad Cats' programmes. This remains a mystery.

My drive off the 1st tee was good, which is always reassuring on a society day. The second shot, however, needed to clear a lateral ditch, so I played safe and laid up. I put the next iron shot to the right of the green with a bit of a shank, but played a good gap wedge over the banking around the green, allowing two putts for a nett bogey 6. The 2nd was very controlled. A longish drive, hybrid and iron down the middle, with a chip and one putt for a nett birdie 5. A good result on this long par 4 (418 yards) which is a par 5 for the women.

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