Others have tackled the racism part (and appropriately so) but where’s the outrage on playing a bunker shot during a scramble!?!? Did they hit all their shots in the sand? Were the others OOB? Chunked? Swings and misses?Friday round at George Wright started off inauspiciously, with three double bogeys to start and a +7 through 4 holes. I finished +9 on the front with a 44, and found my groove with the hybrids and the driver to get to a 38 on the back - I hit a gap wedge to 4 ft to get my only birdie of the day at 18 to finish at 82 (par 70).
Saturday's round at Brookmeadow was one to forget. Allergies started hitting me for what felt like the first time in my life, with all my energy feeling like it was sapped. This led to a whole host of issues - poor iron play, poor wedge play around the green, lazy swings on fairway woods for some bad hooks... just ugly. Went 46-41 for an 87 and that was probably better than I deserved.
Sunday's round was... interesting. Played Wayland for $48 prepaid including a cart, which should've been a tip that it was too good to be true. We had to delay our tee off until some carts could be returned, as apparently they were all out on the course. First 3-4 holes went fine, then after that it was a 5-10 minute wait per hole, with a slow 40 group scramble holding up the course (they didn't shotgun start it). In terms of play, I actually pulled out a pretty solid round, granted it's a ~110 slope course and conditions were pretty ideal. I holed out a couple of lucky putts on the front, and grinded it out on the back to finish 36 + 41 for a 77.
Tangentially related to the round itself - one of the last scramble groups on the course was playing 13, parallel to my group playing 12. As the rest of his group (one man, two women) began to walk out of the bunker towards the green after they'd all hit out of there, this guy began raking the bunker. After a few seconds, he yelled after them "I gotta clean up after you guys? What do I look, Hispanic or something?" - I am far from a confrontational person, but I asked him to repeat what he said. He hesitated (could see the wheels turning a bit) and said "oh come on, it's a joke" - we exchanged more pleasantries and moved along, but it bugged me the rest of the round.
The guy's comment, and moreover his blasé 'oh well sorry if you were offended' bullshit kind of embodied what I haven't been able to reconcile with golf culture - 99 times out of a 100, at least at the courses I go to, I doubt anyone bats an eye at someone saying that. And that just sucks. /end diatribe
In brighter news, the new clubs have been outstanding - it is more liberating than I expected to be able to rely on a club to go 200 in the air with relative accuracy, and even though I'm not hitting 290+ consistently with the new driver, having a reliably accurate 260+ is tough to complain about.