What Is Your Favorite Golf Memory of 2011?
By mustang6560 on 12/30/11
The year of the rabbit is a mere day and a half away from the permanent grasp of history. It's been a good year, by and large, and I look forward to what's in store in the year of the dragon.
For the last week, the Net has been inundated with articles about the "best of this in 2011" and the "most popular of that in 2011". And even though I'm starting to get bored with all the year end stories, I can't resist the temptation to run an end of year story on oob. But, instead of giving you a top 9 list of my favorite golf memories of 2011 or asking you to list your favorite golf tweets of the year, I'll keep it simple:
What is your favorite golf memory of 2011?
It can be any golf related story. It can be related to the PGA Tour or Tiger Woods or belly putters, or it can be about you and/or your friends. My favorite golf memory of the year is I recorded my first ace AND I got to witness my younger brother record his first ace earlier this month. And my two friends rgeimer and drewhastings12 got to witness both. I can't speak for them, but I imagine their highlight of the year is golfing with the Trifone brothers!
See you next year!
photo by Mykl Roventine
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I spent many hours this Spring working on my sand game. If I was in the sand in 2010 there was a 1 in 5 chance I would NOT be putting after my first my swing. With practice I was able to get up and down from the traps a dozen times this year. But, my best memory of 2011 was holing out from a green side bunker for birdie at about 40 feet.
I didn't play many rounds this season, but my best 2011 memory has to be making birdie on the first hole in my first round. Bonus points for being the number one handicap hole on a long course. Double bonus points for doing it in front of my dad.
My favorite golf memory of this year is when I got to play with Big Break Winner Carling Coffing in a pro-am. She is soooo hot!
The best moment of 2011 was retaining the Barton-Kuehn Cup for the 10th straight year. The Cup is symbolic of golf supremacy in our family, much like the Stanley Cup in hockey or the World Cup in football (soccer). My nephew in Vermont has had a decade to attempt to wrest this most sought after honor from my golfing hands. Sadly for him, he has yet to taste victory. The poor lad now can only sit in his small student apartment in Bruges, Belgium, and dream of the day he might be able to hoist the Cup in victory. I am thinking of giving him a chance at St. Andrews next year.
Kurt the Knife says:
Bill Haas' recovery from his "Bin Laden" bunker-water shot to the win.
Kurt the Knife says:
And my last crappy round On Kaanapali Royal.
My personal one was made just yesterday on the last hole of an OK round (too many blow-up holes and a really tough quad with 2 penalties), following a 2 foot birdie made on a tough par 3. The finishing hole, handicap #3, is a 429 yds par 4, dogleg left, downhill with hazard on the left, tree trouble on the right and a lake that comes in play on the second shot if one isn't careful. I smoked my drive and landed 260 yds away, just at the inside corner of the dogleg, with only 133 to the pin! I took dead aim with my 8 iron and landed 2 feet behind the hole and brought it back 6 inches, for a tap-in birdie. My buddy who is a 6 handicap told me that I played that hole like a pro. It felt like it!
My best PGA memory of the year is Steve Stricker's up and down from the fairway bunker with a near impossible lie, water to contend with and all to win the John Deer's title. Not only was the bunker hit spectacular, Steve made the relatively long put from off the green, downhill for the win. Bill Haas' was great too.
Bryan K says:
I sunk my longest shot ever last summer. I hit one in from 90 yards with my lob wedge. Too bad it was for double.
And playing golf the day after Christmas was a very nice memory as well.
Those two will stick with me forever.
Spending two days at Treetops Resort with my Dad playing Michigan's finest. On the second day, we were running out of holes, and I still had not a single birdie. I told my Dad, I wasn't leaving without one. Two holes later, I striped a nice draw around the leg (I typically can't move the ball right to left). Then I hit an approach to an extremely elevated green and stuck it to about 10 feet. Then made a right to left breaker dead center. You couldn't wipe the smile off my face with a fire hose.
My Dad was thoroughly impressed, and he pretty much admitted the torch had been passed. I take great pride knowing I took all my Dad taught me, and managed to become a better golfer than he...because I think it says just as much about him as it does myself.
As a fan the best memory was the back nine of Masters Sunday. For me as a golfer it was probably the round where I made six birdies and shot 73. But 2011 wasn't very memorable otherwise. Due to various circumstances, some out of my control I ended up playing all my golf on my own this year (except for nine holes with my brother in law). So looking back it was a lonesome kind of year; I tend to remember the quiet solitary moments, like when I'd be finishing up a round at twilight, looking out at a dusky purple sky, the sun flaming out over the horizon, I'd feel like a tiny speck on the face of the vast earth. Moments like that I would always think to myself "Man you really love this game don't you". It is always great to play golf with your friends but this year reminded me that even if I was the Omega man, literally the last person left on a scorched earth--I'd still play.
Winning our host collegiate tournament (individual and team) on our home course!!! Also shooting 64 (on my own ball) playing in a 2 man tournament with my Dad!!!
@beef- I feel ya. I often play twilight golf by myself as the sun is setting and think very similar thoughts.
shooting a personal best 81
i played golf in 5 different countries this year!
Easy. My first ever birdie. 18th May.
Making some wings for my father and I on Masters Sunday.
Also, walking Pebble Beach in February for the first time with my wife. Hitting the ball in the Pacific Ocean on the short par 3. Struggled most of the day and then ended up parring 16,17 and then making birdie on 18 with a 12 foot breaking putt. Here are some pics if interested:
Bernie Duffer says:
Ace! Hole in one at Southwood Golf Club on May 8, 2011. 17th hole, par 3, 168 yards with a 5 iron. My wife Bonnie was the witness. That made it even better. Bonnie birdied the hole.
Breaking 90 for the first time :)
In September this year I had my personal best round also. 37 on the front and was 2 under on the back by hole 16. Then in a version of golf "Player" could appreciate I hit the bunker on 17. That ended up being a double, but still the 73 was enough to be my best yet. My new year's resolution is to break 70.
Played in four countries this year, but best was a golf tour to southern Spain. Best of that was eagle on the 8th at Marbella...teeing off from a tee overlooking the Mediterranean and then pitching in from 30 yards. Nice!
In 2010 I had trouble breaking 90, due to a knee injury. Ultimately had surgery in November 2010. It took a while to get back on track, but I shot an 81 at my home course. Not only was it a personal best at this course, but pins were placed in "Sunday locations" because they had the final day of a college tournament there in the morning. I didn't even realize it until the last couple of holes. Everything just went my way.
I broke 80 this year a couple times, shooting my career low 74. I also had a -1 9 hole score. It was a tough year though, because I also had some mid-high 90's blow up days. The game is funny. I can't wait for the spring.
In July playing in The Senior Club Championship at Hollytree, I entered the final day trailing the leader by 4 strokes. I played a poor front nine and was down by 7 strokes after the 11th. Thinking it was over, but not wanting to finish out of the money, I played the last 7 holes at one under, while the leader faltered and played the last 7 at 9 over. Thus winning the Senior Championship by 3 strokes. Play our best on every stroke and never give up.
watching Nate do a trick shot.... Oh wait, that hasn't happened yet. COME ON 2012!!!
Scramble 3rd plc finish @ TV Skins site Banff Springs. A bucket list course. Was paired w octegenarian, who said later it was his "lifetime round". An interesting man who quoted Goethe and was a cancer survivor. I used my 1980 butter knife Toney Penna blades and a persimmon 4W and hit green after green, putted great, etc. Found out afterwards that the stab of pain and subsequent swelling/stiffness that i suffered thru was cuz i ripped the meniscus in my knee (3rd time). Best part was that other 2 guys in r 4-some didn't show, so tourney organizer said, "you guys just hit each shot twice". Finished - strangers no more - dog-tired, grinning and sore as hell. "Age merely shows what children we remain."
After shooting 90 6 times, finally broke it with an 84 in May and then later broke 80 in August with a fluke round. Lesson learned from the first round - started triple and double bogey and then rallied to break 90. Gotta keep plugging.
My personal favorite from 2011 is the approach I hit from 190 yards with my hybrid. I hit a horrible tee shot. I swung a little too hard and only caught the top half of the ball. Ball was above my feet and I had to hit a fade from that lie around a tree. Hard to do. If I hit it straight or draw it I'm short sided with a downhill lie. I stuck it to ten feet and barely missed the birdie chance.
I'll go with Quiros' 40 foot eagle on 18 during the last round of the Dubai Championship. He didn't need it to drop but wouldn't have been hard to three putt from there.
Improving my handicap to under 30. Goal acheived.
My favorite golf story of 2011 was my first "golf day" off. My golf days turned into daddy-daughter days, since my mother-in-law had other thoughts on what I should be doing on my days off. So on the first one, right after my birthday and father's day, I took my daughter to the local golf shop where I had a number of gift cards. I wanted a funky head cover, and thought I'd let her pick it out. I took her out of the car, and up onto my sholders she went. We walked over to the head cover display, and she looked them all over. She reached out, tenatively, for a brightly colored, red and yellow, dragon head cover. We looked around again, and she went right back to the dragon. That was the one.
Actually, I retract my personal favorite. My 5 Y/O boy hit a 60 yard 5 iron to ten feet and made the birdie!!! That was his first and I will never forget it!!!
Making peace with my 4-iron. Traveling to the most out of state courses to date. Chipping in twice, only one of which I saw. Already chipped in once this year so far :)
#1 Father-son golf trip to Scotland to play the Old Course, Carnoustie, Prestwick, Turnberry and others. Eight wonderful days. #2 Darren Clarke wins the Open Championship.
Making a birdie on the 3rd hole of a sudden death playoff to win my flight in the club championship.
Shooting even par with a back nine of -4, including eagle on the last from about 50 out. Also witnessing my brother's ace was sweet.
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