I played the best round of my life today, 71 (-1), at Leslie Park in Ann Arbor. We played the back tees/tips from 6,611 yards (72.0 rating/129 slope). Everything was working – I drove the ball well, my irons were crisp, my short game was there, and I felt like every putt I rolled was going in. I hit some subpar shots, but did not really miss anything, which is also a first. Will was supposed to join me at Leslie Park, but he decided he wanted to stay home and play in the neighborhood with Kate. I played with my friend and colleague Mark Fetters who made the 80 minute drive from Rochester – also impressive.

Three things I did differently today: I changed bags from my newer Ogio to my older Taylormade, and I realized after my round that I was dressed head-to-toe in Adidas hat, shirt, shorts, and shoes. And I ate raw kale throughout my round today (Josh, when are those new yoga snack bars coming to market?!).

Here are the stats:

  • 71 (36/35)
  • 30 putts (15/15)
  • 7/14 fairways (all 7 misses were right, which is my correct miss and consistent)
  • 13/18 greens
  • 4 birdies, 11 pars, and 3 bogeys
  • -1 on par 3’s, +2 on par 4’s, and -2 on par 5’s

I was even par going into the 495 yard par five 16th, and I told myself I needed to make birdie to give myself a cushion to bogey 18 to finish at even par. I hammered my drive, hit my second a hair fat to about 15 yards, and chipped to 15 feet. I made the putt for my birdie on 16. 17 is a 145 yard par 3 over water, so I was a bit nervous. I pured an 8 iron to 20 feet and barely missed the putt. On 18 I hit a tension-filled drive right, leaving myself 217 to the hole from a marginal lie in the rough. I flushed a 3h to 1 yard short of the green, rolled my putt to 4 feet, and slammed the par putt home for the 71. It felt so good, even better than my lone ace in 2012. My brother-in-law Jon has played with me on a few occasions when I’ve come to the 15th or 16th hole at even par or a few over, only to have blown up on the final few holes. Not today!

Hope to join you on the course soon. Keep swinging.

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