64 in Round 1 of GBO

It’s been a busy summer of travel and competition and I wouldn’t have it any other way! This week, I caught a red eye flight to Boston and drove up to Bangor, Maine for the Greater Bangor Open. I’ve had top finishes here in the past and was hoping nostalgia and the New England summer air would propel my golf game into contention. Bangor Municipal Golf Course is a 6400 yard par 69, with some very quirky holes and undulating, slow greens. There are three demanding holes (8, 15 and 18) and the remaining holes are potential birdies. I played 17 holes near perfection today with a clean, bogey-free card. I stepped on the 18th tee at -7. The 18th hole demands a player either lay back off the tee and hit a long iron into the green, or hit a fairway wood and take on trouble. I chose the later option and found the trouble. A really frustrating double-bogey finish amounted to a total score of 64 (-5). While the finish was disappointing, I’m in the hunt after day 1 and tied for 3rd as I write this. I could easily have been leading and I’ll start out hungry to make up those shots tomorrow afternoon.

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