Don rallies around the flag
MANY people have spent months in golf therapy after playing a round on the unforgiving Bonville circuit.
But these days, Don Kennedy can afford to joke that the course isn't as hard as it seems.
There aren't too many golfers around who would have the nerve to use the words Bonville and easy in the one sentence.
But after shooting a one-under par 71 at last Wednesday's Flag event, Don was prepared to make that very statement, even if it was accompanied by a laugh.
"It's an easy course, when I first came here my handicap was 15... that was in 1997," he joked.
His round last Wednesday was nine strokes better than his handicap at the time (eight) and was by far his best effort off the stick.
It also resulted in his handicap being lowered to six.
For Don, the round came out of the blue.
"I have been playing like a dog for the last months," he admitted.
"My handicap was down to six a while ago, but it steadily built back up by 0.1 each week."
He also struggled to put his finger on why his game came good all of a sudden.
"I don't really know what it was," he said.
"I had a lesson at the driving range about a week beforehand, maybe that was it."
Holing plenty of putts certainly helped though.
"All the putts went in, but that was just blind luck," he said.
"I would have to be the worst putter at the club, I just had one of those days."
After eight holes, Don was two-under but a double bogey on the par-three ninth left him even par at the halfway mark.
He then went around the back nine in oneunder par, before eventually running out of strokes on the second hole of his second round.
In Flag competitions, golfers begin the round with an allotment of strokes, determined by their handicap. They then play until their strokes run out and place a flag where their final shot was played.