So, what do you think about all the rain we've endured over the last week?
For us baseball/softball enthusiasts, it couldn't have come at a worse time. Trying to play makeup games in the final week makes for a problem that can't be solved.
Anyhow, we need the rain and we have no control of when and how much we get. It's just a game we can't win.
Just a few years ago the rain we got on Friday would have created a real problem. When the LPGA was here for the then McDonald's LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock, Friday's rain would have all but washed out the second round.
Well guess what? That same tournament, now known as the Wegmans LPGA Championship, was impacted by rain in New York. Those problems came Thursday and completely wiped out the event's first round.
Luckily, the rain we endured Friday did not move on to the Rochester area for the weekend and the championship was played, including 36 holes of golf on Sunday. Well, it was actually 39 holes for the winner, Inbee Park, who beat Catriona Matthew on the third playoff hole.
What we had the pleasure of watching in person, has been reduced to TV. So, with the LPGA several miles to the north, some of us from the HGA (Hackers Golf Association) took our game to the famed course for an early Sunday round. I don't often miss church for a game of golf, but I took the offer anyhow. I've already asked for forgiveness.
Unfortunately, the course was cart path only, but in reality, that allows for a little more exercise than a normal round of cart riding. My GPS quit working in my cart before we finished nine holes, but that was corrected at the turn.
I can proudly say and confirm that I birdied hole 2, the par five that has real trouble down the right and the left. A decent drive, a well placed second shot and a third shot to within three feet of the cup allowed for a birdie putt moving slightly from right to left.
Sadly, I had almost the same exact putt on the next hole for birdie, but I slid it right past the right edge and settled for par. So, after a bogey on the opening hole, I was at even par through three holes at Bulle Rock. Whoa!
Reality would set in soon, but not as soon as I thought. I played the next six holes at five over par and finished the first nine at 41.
OK, so reality did set in on the back nine. I started 6-6-7-7 with the sevens really hurting my score. Funny, I was in the sand on both holes that I took 7. I got out in one swing, but a lost ball on hole 12, that pesky par three, led to the first of the worst two scores on my card.
Oh well, my shot of getting in the 80s was slipping away, but I rebounded and was able to pull out a 92. My putting really was the main concern as I look back, but I'm pretty sure there are plenty of people who have found the putting issue to be a problem at Bulle Rock.
In all, a good round for me on a nice golf course. It may be another year or two before I play it again, but I hope to be ready to play when the chance arrives.
On another note, Friday's rain did bring about a few surprises at my house. My wife and I saw the first fawns of the year, we have at least four if not five spots that have been dug and filled with snapping turtle eggs and we saw a painted turtle for the first time ever, Saturday, in the storm pond behind our house. Quite a neat couple of days.