This Week in Milford

August 11, 2018

That hat aint gonna win you anything

Filed under: Gil Thorp, huge hats, Milford Weirdos, oversize objects — robmize2013 @ 7:51 pm

Oh well I can fill in since its late enough. More bs commentary from Gil. At least he didnt say ‘Gents’.

Yes theyre 2nd year golfers competing against 16 and 17 year olds. But there are Plenty of 16 and 17 year olds who are ALSO SECOND YEAR GOLFERS.!

I started swinging a club at age 9. My dad took me to the driving range for 3 years before he decided  I was ready to play a course. So I started playing in the fall of 1978 when I was almost 13. I shot 121. The next round I shot 122. Keep in mind I already knew how to hit a ball before I played a round due to my dad having me hit balls for 3 years. My short game was sorely lacking however, as I didnt have a lot of practice in that area save for chipping balls in my yard. I would aim for the lamppost in the middle of the lawn in front of the house, and we had several shorter grass areas surrounding the driveway that I used to hit shots of various lengths. I improved quite a bit from that but my putting was still weak from not enough practice on a real green. So anyway–

I dont think I broke 100 my first full season, and my 2nd season was cut short by a shoulder injury in July of the year when I went too far back on a backswing and felt something hurt. I played a couple more holes but couldnt swing all the way back, so I quit, and my shoulder wasnt better until October. 3 months. I think I may have torn a muscle, and it just took that long to heal, but I was basically done for the year. By October its school stuff and cooler weather and I dont think I played another round that year that I recall. But the shoulder healed completely. And being a kid I wasnt allowing the shoulder to slow me down- I learned to do stuff lefthanded like pitch and bat. Just couldnt swing a club.

So season 3 came and I was ready to improve and I not only broke 100 I beat my dad for the first time. Then in season 4, at age 16, I got a hole in one. I figure I played 100 par 3’s before that ace, which is very few for such a major golf accomplishment. That year I broke 90 a few times and decided I was ready to try out for my high school golf team as a junior. I had a couple things against me however. The team was good, its home course was the toughest 9 in the area, and I didnt play that course very well. My 2 nine hole scores were 52 and 52, and needless to say I was cut. My dad said dont take it personally, and I didnt, but I still felt I was better then those scores indicated; and my game continued to improve until I shot my lowest score ever, 78, a few years later. I still consider myself better then the average golfer, but I found out that improvement is slower once you reach a certain level, and I just didnt play enough to reach the low 80’s upper 70’s all the time. But thats my goal every time I tee it up.

So enough about me; what my point about telling all this is these guys are shooting 87 in their 2nd year, and thats way ahead of my pace. At that level, its all about the short game and minimizing the strokes around the green, and that takes practice and repetition. Then they can get those 83s Gil is talking about.

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4 Comments »

  1. Thanks for covering for me, Rob. Bad weather on the East Coast left me stuck in O’Hare all afternoon and well into the evening. Had I known I might’ve worked my way over to Wrigley for a few hours.

    Comment by teenchy — August 12, 2018 @ 6:19 am

  2. Great stuff, Rob. I’ve only ever played two rounds (is that what they’re called?) of golf and, aside from learning plenty about the sports’ lore during the Tiger hype years, don’t know much about the sport. Congrats all these years later on the hole in one and condolences on having a bum shoulder. I can only throw underhanded myself as all sorts of crackly, crunchy noises erupt whenever I lift my right arm above my shoulder…

    Comment by timbuys — August 12, 2018 @ 7:33 am

  3. I think I’ve golfed under 90 once in my life. Like my dad says we’re just hackers. Shot a 108 last Sunday. But I’m gonna try again today to break 100!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 12, 2018 @ 11:13 am

  4. This is just another bullshit gil golf story just like the one arm guy they showed getting into the mid 70’s three weeks after first touching a club. It took me years of work to break 90. This story isn’t even close to believable unless these two nitwits are related to jack Nicklaus or something

    Comment by franku2016 — August 12, 2018 @ 8:19 pm


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