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Thorpe Wood - 19/05/17

After yesterday's well below par performance at Lakeside Lodge it was with a bit of trepidation that I set off for Thorpe Wood for the monthly Mad Cats' meeting. Although we play for small prizes and the honour of holding the trophy for the month, this is very much a fun affair. But, even so, you don't want to make a complete fool of yourself. The weather gods weren't altogether kind, as it was raining as we teed off, although it moderated on the way round, while always being threatening. This was my first visit to this course in Peterborough. You park on the opposite side of a busy road and crossing with your trolley is hazardous as the ubiquitous fast drivers come round the bends on either side. It really needs some warning signs, not that some drivers would take any notice.

The 1st is a par 3, unusually. This doesn't promote a very quick get away as you really need to wait until the green is clear before teeing off. Not that I needed to worry, my nervy first tee shot striking the ground with the ball only going about 80 yards. The next 9-iron wasn't much better and I wasn't on until the next with a pitching wedge. Two putts for a nett bogey 5. Still, I was away and had scored on the hole, so my nerves settled a bit.

The 2nd started better and after three shots I was just off the green. I putted on and two-putted for a 6, another nett bogey. At least I was scoring.

The 3rd came with a warning when I spoke to a local player in the car park while unpacking. It's a long par at 448 yards and the River Nene runs along the right hand side while there are trees left. The Nene wasn't my problem on the tee shot, which was topped slightly and ran along the ground, coming to rest in a dry ditch that crosses the fairway about 70 yards out. I managed to get out with my pitching wedge, which was adjudged by my co-players as a good shot! I then hit a long hybrid that kept left, as intended, but perhaps a bit too much so, disappearing behind trees. In the event it was safe and another hybrid got to within a 9-iron of the green, which I managed to achieve. I could have rescued a point with two putts, but needed three for a blobbed 8.

The 4th went without incident, three hybrids followed by a pitching wedge getting me on for 4, and two putts giving me a nett par 6. It's the index 2 hole.

The 5th is a 529 yard par 5. Three clean hybrid shots set me up to pitch to the green but my 8-iron went left. I pitched on with the pitching wedge and two-putted for 7, a nett par.

The 6th is a shorter par 4 and I was just off the green after two hybrids and an 8-iron. I putted on and two-putted for a nett bogey 6.

The 7th is another shortish par 4. After three hybrids I should have put my 9-iron shot on the green but fluffed it. An 8-iron chip-and-run got me on and a single putt gave me another nett bogey 6.

The 8th is a longer (406 yard) par 4. I played it well, with three hybrid shots putting me on the green. Two putts gave me a nett birdie 5.

The 9th is a slightly longer par 4 and I didn't start well with a poorly hit tee shot that only made 72 yards. A couple of hybrids then got me to within a 9-iron pitch but I was to the right of the green. A pitching wedge on and one putt for a nett par 6.

The front 9 hadn't been too bad. A few mistakes but I had come in with 13 points for 55.

The back 9 started well with a long tee shot on the 10th. The next wasn't so good, going right into rough with trees impeding my line to the green. I took a 7-iron to keep under the branches, which was successful but only took me 90 yards forward. I was, however, within 8-iron range of the green and got on for 4, but three putts left me with a nett bogey 7.

The 11th stated badly. A long par 3, I tried too hard off the tee and messed up the shot, going only 18 yards. The next wasn't great either, leaving 110 yards still to go, but I put the next on the green and two putted to save a nett bogey with a 5.

The 12th is another longish par 4. I had three reasonable hybrid shots but again was well short with my 9-iron approach, needing another chip-and-run to get on. Two putts for a nett bogey 7.

The Index 1, 438 yard 13th was very scrappy. A shortish tee shot and two mediocre hybrids left me a lot to do. My 7-iron was left and short. A fairly easy pitching wedge was then completely messed up, needing another to get on, and with two putts I ended up with a blobbed 8.
Hole 16 - Thorpe Wood - 19 may 2017
The 14th is a straightforward par 3 that isn't too long, but I tried a bit too hard and sent the tee shot left into rough only making 65 yards. A 9-iron from there was just short of the green from where I putted on and two-putted for a nett bogey 5.

The 15th is a straightforward par 4 and my first two hybrids got me to within an 8-iron shot, but I was short (story of my life!) and chipped on with a 7-iron. Unfortunately three putts robbed me of the points as I finished with a blobbed 7.

The 16th is a par 3 and was our 'nearest the pin' hole for the day. Amazingly I put my hybrid tee shot on the green, only to see it roll off to the right. However, it wouldn't have been the nearest even if it had stayed put. I putted on and single-putted for a par 3 and three points.

The 17th is another longish par 4 at 436 yards. I played it well, with a long tee shot followed by a another good hybrid, the third hybrid putting me just short of the green. I pitched on and single-putted for a nett birdie 5: three points.

After a chequered performance over the back 9 the previous two holes had added 6 points and I went into the 18th confident. Three hybrid shots had left me with an 80 odd yard pitch to the green. There was a brook at 65 yards but I didn't think it would be an issue. I was wrong. A well launched 8-iron was seemingly destined to reach the green, we all thought, but it didn't: it fell dead centre into the brook. The ball was lost so I dropped back from the brook and went to pitch up onto the green, some 20 yards. I miss-hit the shot and put the ball onto the slope leading into the brook. An attempt to play from there put the new ball into the brook, again. Another drop, and this time I pitched up to just off the green. However, I picked up as I had already exceeded my stableford allowance. For the purposes of showing a completed round in Game Golf I've added a putt on and two further putts as a theoretical, but quite reasonable, finish to the hole. This would have given a 12!

The 18th was a great disappointment. If I hadn't gone in the brook, a 7 or at most an 8 would have been likely. This would have brought the back 9 down to 55 or 54, about the same as the front 9. I had 10 points coming back in.

I had 18 putts on both the front and back 9, not horrendous but it could have been better. There were a number of putts that stopped literally an inch or so short, or just passed the hole. Despite the disappointments, and the weather, I enjoyed the round and felt that I had judged many of the shots well. It's still the final shot to the green that is costing me most dearly. I can usually get within range quite economically but can't finish. Something to work on. I didn't win anything, but the best front 9 was only 15 points, so at 13 I wasn't too far off the play.

Game Golf scorecard:

Scorecard - 19 may 2017

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