Nate Dogg had a front nine that may be a personal best. There was no confirmation of this, but -4 after nine is no small feat, considering that all-star David "the dentist" Stein and Matthew "walk in the park" Starkweather were at -5 and having good rounds. Myself, having shot -3, and knowing the back nine is where I make my move, felt pretty comfortable looking at the score card.
Nate shot 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9 with picture perfect drives. Anyone who is a student of Nate's game may have seen a few shots taken by the wind, driven into the ground, or even just jumped out of the grip. Not on these shots. If there is a perfect lefty flick for each of those holes, nate found it. Really something to behold.
David held a steady game. Many birdies, very few bogies, and solid play led to an overall -7 (best score of the day). Matthew, who was a dark horse pick for the annual "hey, let's ditch mom and play frolf" tournament, could not string together enough birdies to stop the inevitable. In fact, a missed tee shot on 18 proved to be the crucial shot in a build up to destiny.
I played with fervor. I played with style. I played with two of Aaron Brun's discs and used them to my advantage. After I bogied 17, and found myself judging from the bottom of the hill, and realized Nate Dogg had the score card, I found solace in my fortunate position. With Matthew and I tied for first with a handicapped -7, I could make my decision for a shot after seeing where he ended up. A short, hard turning shot past the score board and nowhere near the uprights allowed my to lay-up and shoot for par and the win. I have layed up a few times now and never had it work, but even though my shot landed at the base of the basket and rolled ten feet away, I buried the putt and took the whopping $15 awarded for such a small tournament. I guess I will have to go on a tear and win my tournament and then two more to leave no doubt as to the consecutive-win record.