Jimmy came into today needing to pretty much run the table to take the Fat Head Open title. In the head-to-head competition between us, the score was 11 victories for me, 8 for him. In the overall competition, it was 11-7 … Christine “Ice Queen” Moore won a round where Jimmy also beat me.
10:50 AM — Jimmy racks up another victory in the head-to-head, although the missus beat us both. Christine “Ice Queen” Moore set a new personal best at -3, Jimmy even par, Tom +1.
I’d like to claim a share of the credit for Christine’s sudden prowess. Earlier in the week I noticed she tended to throw the disc using a body turn almost exclusively, without whipping her arm past her body and snapping her wrist toward the target at the end. I showed her a different grip and suggested that to get that whip-crack acceleration, she should imagine snapping Jimmy’s butt with a towel. Once she got the hang of it, she picked up at least 20 feet on her drives.
12:35 PM — With only enough daylight for five rounds per day, this was Jimmy’s “Ohio” round … he had to win this one to have any chance at the crown. The wind picked up and his high shots got blown offline too many times. My lower shots fared better. Tom -2, Jimmy +2. With victory assured, I gave a short speech promising to work with everyone as long as they agree with me.
2:05 PM — We called this one the “Florida” round. It was neck-and-neck, but ultimately meaningless. Jimmy +1, Tom +1.
3:10 PM –Tom -3, Jimmy +3, Christine +3.
4:20 PM — So now I’d claimed the crown, Jimmy told me he believes my habit of lagging up to the hole is costing me strokes. When I’m more than, say, 15-20 feet away from the basket with two strokes to make par, I usually toss my disc at the base to take a safe par instead of risking sailing past and taking a bogey. Okay, I said, for the final round I’ll aim for the chains every time and keep track of how many extra birdies or bogeys result. Jimmy was right; I hit three birdies that normally would have been safe pars. Final round for the week: Tom -6, Christine even par, Jimmy +3.
So for the final overall victory tally: Tom 14, Jimmy 8, Christine 4. That includes one round where Jimmy and Christine tied for the win.
The overall head-to-head, man-to-man, blogger-to-blogger tally: Tom 14, Jimmy 9.
Christine played 17 of the 29 rounds, choosing to sit out the others to avoid straining her neck. (She’s had two surgeries on her neck.) According to the distance measurements on Google Maps, she walked more than 19 miles this week. Jimmy and I walked a bit more than 32 miles.
Not a bad way to get some fresh air and exercise, and most importantly, we had a blast. I’ll be sorry to see them leave tomorrow.
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