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Punishings from Patapsco


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…


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.


Druid Hill: A new title begining!

Yes. It’s true. I’ve finally met another MD course: Druid Hill in Scenic Baltimore. Right by the zoo.

Via a various virtual message board, I found someone intent on playing today @ 3. When going to a new course, I prefer a guided tour. ;) I showed up and met P, G, and R; three very nice guys who were kind enough to let me schlep along with them. One was a pro! er…. Pro! They all played like pros compared to me. But I had fun and didn’t do too poorly.

We played 21 holes. I know we started with #1, but after 4, we cut into the woods for 3 “X” holes, then went back to the main course. I didn’t pay attention to actual #s on the holes, just what I shot, so the #s below might not correspond to the proper hole #.

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

For some reason, I stopped keeping track at that point. I think there were a couple par 4s in the end, but I don’t recall where or if I even marked them correctly. ;) I was mostly there to play a round, meet some MD players, and as ever: practice. Need more of it, btw. ;P I’m happy I made 3 pars.

Oh, and I’m not adding them today. You can do that. I’m beat! But I will add a link to an older map I know of online. I don’t think it includes the 9 X holes. One last thing about Druid Hill, it’s the home of Thursday Night Triples, 2 hours before sunset.