I thought the day would never come. But Thursday, it will finally be time to tee it up for another season.
Thanks to Mother Nature, it took long enough.
But I hope it’s worth the wait.
Thursday will be the first official round of golf I have played this season. I’m sure it will be brutal. But that’s OK. At this point, it’s just about getting out and playing. I’ll worry about the scores later in the year. For now, however, I’m going to enjoy being outside and playing the game I love.
For the second year, I have joined the County Club here in town. And for the second time, I will be playing in a golf league.
A year ago, Justin Heckenlaible and I joined the 3:45 p.m. league. It was a slow start for us, but we had a strong finish.
In fact, we were the second-half champions.
So, naturally, we have to come back and defend our title.
I know it won’t be easy, but it will be fun trying.
A year ago, I had many, many rounds in by this time. However, the ice storm in April messed up that timeline. Not only was it cold and snowy, but the amount of damage done to the trees was devastating.
In fact, the trees were so damaged the full 18 holes aren’t open yet.
I know crews and volunteers have been working hard to get the course cleaned up, and their work is greatly appreciated.
Normally, I don’t like making my first round of the year the same day as the first day of league. Unfortunately, that will be the case Thursday.
The rest of the golfers be warned.
I have no idea how things will go. I could easily shoot a 60 — on 9 holes. I might be spraying my golf ball all over the course. And at the Country Club, that’s not a good thing. I have lost many a shots in the thick trees around the course.
But when I hit the first tee, I’ll try not to let it matter. I’ll try to enjoy being out on the course with Justin and our opponents.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, but it’s going to be the start to what I hope is a great year.