I’m headed to the golf course this afternoon — the second time this week that I am playing a benefit “scramble.”
When I get home tonight and the wife asks “How did you play?” I will answer somewhere between 7 and 10 under par.
But there is no way I can shoot anything close to 7 to 10 under par.
My best round of golf was an 8-over-par 79 at River Creek three years ago. Since then, I haven’t come close to breaking 80 — except when we have a “scramble.”
Golf scrambles are good for the male ego.
We bogey golfers can actually make birdies — lots of them.
And we might do it without ever using one of our own shots.
A four-person scramble is where you get three mulligans on every shot.
And if you buy extrra mulligans before the round, you can get even more.
The winning score in the MSU tournament Monday at the country club was 15-under. That’s a 56 — sounds great, but really rather modest for these kinds of events.
Today, in the Boys and Girls Alumni tournament at Weeks Park, the winning score will be 18 under or better.
Like I said, scrambles were made for guys like me who love the game but really can’t play a lick.
It’s the same reason that somebody came up with “slow pitch” softball. Since most people can’t hit fast-pitch, they slow it down where even your grandmother can smack a single up the middle.
Then in bowling, they came up with 9-pin no top.
If you knock nine pins down on your first ball, you count it as a strike.
That way my wife can go bowl in her Wednesday morning league in the summer and when I ask “How did you bowl?” she can say “Oh, 220, 215 and 235.”
Not bad for a 140-average, I will think but not say out loud.
Then she will ask: “And how was your golf?”
“Oh, we only shot 10 under,” I will answer.
Not bad for a 18-handicap, she wil think but not say out loud.
What can I say? It’s all just good honest cheating.
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