At this time of the year, when all the competitions are concluded golfers at times need an incentive to spice up their games or just to keep their interest up.
In my case I’m now north of 110 games played for the season and unless there is something on the line my interest tends to wane and at times I suffer from lapses of concentration on the course.
Playing for something (money) no matter how small the amount can get everyone back in the game.
On the first tee this morning I made my three golf partners and offer the could not refuse. I proposed that we play my ball against their best ball. My handicap is 4 and they are all in the 10-12 range, and pretty solid players. Needless to say they accepted the proposal.
Things did not start out well for me. I bogied the first hole and lost the next two to birdies. By the time we got to the 9th hole I was four down, so naturally I used my front nine press and was fortunate to win the 9th hole with a par to cut my front nine losses.
I played better on the back nine and managed several clutch putts to par holes for ties on the back nine. The long and the short of it was that when we reached 18, I was two up on the back. Now it was their opportunity to press and they did. We tied 18 with pars so the press was a tie.
It ended up they won the front and the 18, I won the front nine press and the back nine so no money changed hands. However, all of us were invested in the game and the outcome for all 18 holes and if was an enjoyable and challenging match.
I’m hoping we do this again. I fully understand my odds of winning are not great but it was an enjoyable challenge.