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Heritage Farm Park

Today, I finally made it back out to a course and played 18 wonderful holes of disc golf. My score wasn’t great (shot a +14), but it sure was nice to get out into the sun and throw some plastic around. Got some 3’s, too many 4’s and a couple 5’s. I also threw one OB on #6.┬áThis is what I get for having not played in over a year. I will not being going that long again. I miss this game!

sunny day

Hole #2

The drives were off in the beginning and again at the start of the back nine, but I was able to rein it in and get some nice straight drives after the 11th hole. On the 11th, I got some nice distance, but ended up throwing the drive to 12’s tee. Not good. :/

My approach shots were better, but I still had some that were either way too short or came in too hot and shot behind the basket. Many of them were spot on, though, and brought me close enough to close the pars.

My putts were far better than I would have expected given how long I’ve been away from the game. Made quite a few that were in the 15-20 foot range. I think one or two that were even farther.

There is definitely room for improvement and improve I will. I’m going to try to get in at least one round per week until the weather turns. Maybe even two. ;)

To top off the day, it was absolutely beautiful outside. Just about 70┬░ with a slight breeze. Couldn’t have asked for better weather. The sun was shining. The birds were singing. I just wish MY birds were singing. Pars are nice, but bogeys (and even more so, double-bogeys) really suck. Time will improve my game!

I have entered The Zone

On July 12, 2010, I started the on the Zone diet. I’ve been doing it 80-90% and since I started I’ve lost 20# with no more exercise than a little extra walking at work (I sit in front of a computer all day).

I’m now down 60# since the start of the new year. Today I played 18 holes of golf at Patapsco ( and shot a new best of 65) and I WAS NOT TIRED AFTERWARDS. This is nice.
Read The Zone and Mastering the Zone by Barry Sears. I got them at the library and blasted through them in less than 3 weeks. Once you read and understand what’s going on, you’ll wish you had learned this 15 years ago when the first book was published. The fat will melt off and optimum health will follow.

Punishings from Patapsco

Hello!

It’s been a while, but I’m back in the game.

I took some time off after the Druid Hill Open (last November) as I was afflicted with Plantar Fasciitis in both feet, but the left one is the worst. It still hurts, but it’s getting better and it isn’t as bad as it was at the end of last year.

I played in the Druid Ice Bowl and the Rockburn Ice Bowl/Chili Cook-Off. I didn’t make any chili, but the offerings were very good. I look forward to next year’s event. Funny story about me and Druid: at the Open in Nov, I lost a disc in a tree on #8. It’s a big tree and the trunk splits about 30 feet up making a big “V.” My disc is wedged in that “V.” At the Ice Bowl, as we approached the 8th tee, I told the others in my group about the tree and how I lost the disc. I then step up to drive, and BAM! the disc lands in a hole about 6 feet below the “V” in the same tree. Lesson learned: don’t talk about bad shots before you drive! Funny thing is, both discs are yellow Avenger SS’s. I love those. Methinks I’ll have to get some more, since it looks like they’ll be in the tree for a long time.

Anyway, on to more recent happenings!

The Patapsco Punisher is next weekend and in preparation, I’ve played the course 3 times in the last 3 weeks. I’m thinking I might even hit it again tomorrow morning for more practice. I’ve come to notice that my accuracy is improving to the point where I see the line I want the disc to take and when I throw the disc, it follows the line I want. I’m also getting better at threading it throw small gaps in the trees without playing pinball.

Two weeks ago, I met a couple like minded fools at the course and we played a round from the blues. All the pins are in the Punisher layout (everything is in C). We get punished and I walk away with a 96! OUCH!!

Last weekend, I met the Nomads and we played from the reds. I shot a 78 and felt pretty damn good with myself. 15 strokes off the lead, but only 9 from my nemesis! That gap is usually larger. :)

Today, I played a solo round from the blues and shot an 88. Still not great (it should have been lower), but 8 strokes better than my last outing from the blues. The Punisher is 2 rounds, one red, one blue. I hoping to shoot lower than I did last year (88, 85) and get my rating up!

I’ll check in next weekend and let you know how things went…

Ciao!

Patapsco: Snakes ho!

Hey, I remember this blog!

I played Patapsco today. First time out there in a couple of weeks. Just been too busy during the week and playing elsewhere on the weekends. Nomads and tournaments abound!

Today, though, I shot a 68 from the Reds. One of my best rounds there. Got 2 deuces (5 and 12). But also got a few 5s, so that kind of messed things up. What I really need to do is work on my putting as missing easy putts kind of screws up the score.

After finishing 3, I was walking along the path to 4 and heard a rustle in the leaves. I turned around and saw this guy sitting there looking a little miffed that I interrupted what ever he was doing. I whipped out the cell phone and snapped a pic, him hissing and snapping at me all the while.

Didn’t find Mr. Turtle, but haven’t really been looking for him. Playing solo, I tend to stay in the game and not sight-see. The only reason I saw the snake is because he drew my attention by lunging at me as I went by and made a noise.

I also think my drive might be coming back as I threw some real nice ones. Now I must work on putting (natch) and shake off the stress of competition as I seem to lose it in tourneys. Last weekend at the Seneca Screamer, I played poorly. Two weekends previous to that I played rather well at the course, so you can see my dilemma. Hopefully, I can get my act together for the Rockville Rumble on the 17th.

Until next time…

Patapsco and Heritage Farm Park

Yesterday, it was so nice I decided to play 2 rounds of golf: one at Patapsco around noon and the other at Heritage Farm Park (Walkersville) around 3:30. While I didn’t throw my best, I certainly didn’t throw my worst either.

At Patapsco, I ended up shooting 84 from the longs. Had I known before hand that I would be shooting both rounds of the Patapsco Punisher from the shorts (I’m in the bronze category), I would have played from those. I need the practice from them as I usually play the longs. I think I’ll try to get a short round in tomorrow. Highlights? Nothing spectacular. I had an awesome drive on 13 that would have made for a nice approach, but since I went wide of the mando, I couldn’t use it. I didn’t even get a 3 on any holes: nine 4s, seven 5s (one was OB: on 13), one 6 and one 7. I really need to improve my game on this course if I plan to finish decently at the Punisher on the 30th. Looks like I have 2 weeks to try to accomplish this. I’m going to try for at least 2 rounds each week from the shorts, if not more.

After Patapsco, I went home, saw the chilluns fresh from school and then headed to Walkersville. I shot a 65 there, but it should have been lower. If I hadn’t gone OB on #4, gotten the 5 on #2, and knocked some 4s down to 3s, then it would have been a great round. As it stands, I finished 2 strokes higher than I did there last week. No Birdies either. I ended with ten 3s, six 4s, one 5 and one 6 (the OB on #4). E showed up while I was finishing #5 and by the time I was on 11, he was one hole behind me. He joined me on 13 and we finished our rounds together. Really nice guy and I hope I convinced him to give Patapsco a try as he hasn’t played it yet.

So, as stated earlier, not my best day, but certainly not my worst. I will be posting more rounds in the future as I plan to play more and enter more tourneys.

Rockburn: First impressions

So, last Sunday, the day after my horrible round at Patapsco, I went out to Rockburn to get a round in before I play there this next Sunday in the MD Monthly for March. I met O and N there and they graciously let me tag along for a round. I got a nice tour of the course from O and got to see how it should be played. I can tell you it shouldn’t be played like I played it as I finished the round with 80. Eesh. At least I won’t be hitting it as a virgin this Sunday.

Also, I joined the PDGA as an Am. My first sanctioned tourney will be the Patapsco Punisher at the end of the month. Let’s hope I finish better than I did when I played the Ice Bowl (96! ouch!!) and get a decent rating. But to do that, I’ll have to avoid 7s and 11s, and I don’t have a problem with that! The recent practice has helped though and I think I’ve found a friend with the Archangel. I’ve got 2 weeks or so before the PP, so I plan to get in at least 4 rounds at P-tap before I get Punished.

Heritage Farm Park

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a round, so I hit Heritage Farm Park or as I refer to it: Walkersville (well, that’s where it is!). I’m liking this course more than I did when I first saw it last year (without playing it). I agree that the front 9 is more interesting and the back 9 more forgiving (wide open).

I didn’t shoot anything spectacular, but finished at +9 (pro pars: all 3s) or -9 (AM pars). Either way, I was happy given that this was my second round there. The first was a best disc round with E (he lives there Wink ) back in Feb for an Ice Bowl, so I really didn’t get a chance to see what I could do on my own.

Highlight: Deuced 6 by going over the OB. Hit the ground to right of pin and the disc spun around it leaving me an easy 10′ putt.

Anti-highlight: went waaayyy OB on 3. Still got a 4, tho.

I forget where I got what (scorecard is in the trunk of my car) but I ended up with one 2, ten 3s, four 4s, and three 5s. I could have avoided a lot of the higher numbers if I was better at putting. Damn my nice layups! They’ve ruined me for long putts. I also skipped 19 as it’s still mostly under water/mud.

In conclusion, I think I’ve found an “easy” home course to balance the terror that is Patapsco. (They’re about equidistant from me.) It’s nice to have a local course to give me back some confidence after being Punished at Patapsco. I also found I like my new Archangel that I got at a recent tourney.

Speaking of Patapsco, I played a round with RR last Saturday. I was keeping track of my scores on my cell phone, but at some point I realized that I had forgotten to enter one of the holes. By this time, I had been throwing crap, so I gave up on keeping score for myself. RR threw better than I, but it’s all about the practice. I think HFP will help me work on my drives as there aren’t as many trees to foul things up ten feet from the tee, like P-tap does.

Middletown, Walkersville, and Druid Hill: Tournies!

So I played in 2 more tournaments last weekend, one of which was an Ice Bowl.

On Saturday, the 16th, I played in an Ice Bowl that took place on 2 different courses: Middletown and Walkersville. It was pairs, favorite disc, which is similar to best disc except that we could throw from the lie we liked best as opposed to picking the best lie and then both of us throwing from there. The first round was at Middletown and it was a nice course. Cold, but nice. My partner for this round designed the course at Walkersville, which was where the second round took place. For that round, I had a new partner (we all did). This guy’s home course was Walkersville, so it helped to have him with me as I had never played it. For that matter, I hadn’t played Middletown before either.

At any rate, at the end of the day I was tied for second to last. NOT LAST! The best part, besides the free lunch ;), was the last hole: I made an awesome putt for a birdie. Made me happy. I also picked up a Maryland Tag from Sharky: #92.

The next day, Sunday, I played in the second MD Monthly at Druid Hill. This was a singles event, so I had to carry my own ass: no partner to help. The first round was from the shorts (metals) and I didn’t do too badly. Some pars, too many bogies, and one very nice birdie on #1. The second round was from the longs (woods) and I did worse: no birdies and one double bogey. Eeesh. In the end, though, I was not last, nor second from last. I finished 4th from last! Yay me. Moving on up. This was also a Tag Match, so I gave up my tag in hopes of getting a lower one. NOT! Ended up with #93. At least it was only one back.

This week, I think I’m going to blow $40 and join the PDGA as an AM. And there’s a tourney at Seneca tomorrow, but the weather’s been crap and things are slightly frozen over. I’m not sure if I’ll play, but I want to. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Buh!

Patapsco and Burke: The Glutton is Back!

Hello to everyone who doesn’t read this blog and I think that covers EVERYONE. :)

I’m back! I haven’t posted much as this was mainly a blog about my adventures playing disc golf and I haven’t played in a few months. Well, I played 2, yes 2!, rounds this last weekend. Not only that, but I also played in my first 2 tourneys evar!

The first one was on Saturday at Patapsco. It was their annual Ice-Bowl (winter DG to raise money for the Food Bank) and I had to play. I just had to. I’d been itching to play and to enjoy being Patapsco’s bitch once again. I finished Dead Last. Woot! And for the record, Patapsco was in Full Punishment Mode: all pins in “C” position.

Wait, I can explain! Started on 13 (shotgun start) and got a 7. Not good, but it was the first hole and the first time I’d thrown a disc in 4 months or more. I figured things would get better as I warmed up. Things did not go that way initially. On 15, I got an 11. Yes, an 11! The pin was sitting at the top of a steep hill (I swear it was like a 45 angle) and my 4th or 5th shot (my putt) missed. Upon hitting the ground, the disc flipped on edge and took off down the hill. All the way to the bottom and almost in the river! 4 strokes later, I was back near the top. I think the worst part of this mini-adventure was that I could still see the pin from where the disc stopped but there was no way I’d be able to get it up there without eating some strokes.

Finally, on 7, whose C position is like 3 miles past the A position, I got an 8. If I had gotten 4’s on those 3 holes, I would have ended up with an 80 instead of my 94. But on the plus side, I made a noob happy as I kept him from being last. ;) That won’t happen again, E! I can promise that.

At the end of the day, I realized a couple things:

  1. Being out of shape and practice does not help my game (d’uh!)
  2. Holes 1 and 2 do not have it in for me. (More below on this one)
  3. I was so sore it felt like I had been hit by a car. (Need to remedy this)

For holes 1 and 2 (I got a 4 and 3 respectively), I came to realize that they are indeed easier than I thought. The major factor in me sucking on those holes is that I’M NOT WARMED UP when I usually play them. Hence my horrible scores on the holes normally. I mean, I PARRED 2 in it’s C position. That really told me something. So, I apologize to 1 and 2 for hating them when it was my fault all along.

The next day…
I drove down to Burke Lake and played in their Ice-Bowl with my buddy Alex. It was a “bring your own partner, best disc” match. We were to play 2 rounds: one from the longs and the second from the shorts.

The first round went OK. I think we played more of my throws than Alex’s, but that’s not the point. We (Team Boozer) had fun and we didn’t come in last. :) Although I can’t find the results online yet, I know this because we were 1 stroke ahead of one of the two teams we played with. I had a couple awesome drives, but still came to realize I need to get out more and practice a few things.

After lunch, we came back to the park and there were trees down and really bad winds. Due to this, the second round was canceled for safety concerns. No problem. The last place I want to be in high winds is in the woods with dead shit waiting to fall.

It was a good day, non the less, as we had a good time, and lots of money and food was raised for the food bank.

I also got 2 new discs (one from each IB).

So, that was the extent of my weekend and it’s nice to know that playing in 40 degree weather ain’t that bad. Just need to keep moving and stay warm.

Off topic, my brother was in the Letterman audience last Friday. Here he is:

Patapsco, worst round ever!

At least I think it is. I shot 18 over the other day. Eesh.

I had not played since the round I played with EB when I returned his disc. I think 9 days since my last then. Below, I present to sets of numbers: the first being the round with EB (I think) and the second being the round from last Sunday morning. Both at Patapsco, natch!

The Return of the Disc Round:

  1. Bogey, 4
  2. Double bogey, 5
  3. Bogey, 5
  4. Bogey, 4
  5. Bogey, 5
  6. Bogey, 5
  7. Birdie, 3
  8. Bogey, 5
  9. Double bogey, 6
  10. Bogey, 4
  11. Birdie, 4
  12. Bogey, 4
  13. Double bogey, 6
  14. Bogey, 4
  15. Bogey, 4
  16. Bogey, 5
  17. Double bogey, 6
  18. Bogey, 5

Definitely not a great round: 42 up front and 42 out back. 8freakin4!!! Ouch.

Sunday’s round:

  1. Bogey, 4
  2. Double bogey, 5
  3. Bogey, 5
  4. Bogey, 4
  5. Bogey, 5
  6. Bogey, 5
  7. Bogey, 5
  8. Par, 4
  9. Bogey, 5
  10. Bogey, 4
  11. Bogey, 6
  12. Double bogey, 5
  13. Par, 4
  14. Bogey, 4
  15. Double bogey, 5
  16. Triple bogey! 7
  17. Bogey, 5
  18. Bogey, 5

That one sucked as well: 46 up front and 45 out back for 91. Now that I see the totals, definitely my worst round. At least it wasn’t from the reds!

Ah well, I’ll hit it again Thursday morning I think and I’m considering heading down to Seneca this weekend to check out a tourney. Not play in, just check out. See what all the hub bubs about and maybe get some new plastic.