Daniel had the low score in a middle school golf match Tuesday, shooting a personal record five over par, 41, on nine holes. His team won the match by about 10 strokes.
Since Daniel is playing on the varsity team this year, he had not expected to play in the middle school match. The coach asked him to fill in when three members on the middle school team couldn’t play. Daniel is eligible to play for the middle school team because he is in eighth grade.
In the match, Daniel had four pars and five bogeys. He hit two of seven fairways and three of the nine greens in regulation.
Daniel’s score 10 strokes better than he shot in a varsity tournament. Keep in mind that the middle school teams play from the front tees, while the varsity plays from the regular tees, but 41 is still a good score.
As a matter of fact, Daniel had to hit irons off several tees in the middle school match because his driver or another wood would have hit through the fairway into trouble.
Daniel also played in a varsity match this week. He finished second on his team, which finished second among five conference teams in the match.
His score of 50 was only a stroke better than his first varsity match, but the most recent match was on a harder course. He had never played the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, which is home of N.C. State University’s golf team, so overall it was a good effort.
Daniel has golf matches each of the next two weeks. And, of course, he also will have practices most afternoons as he learns how to get better at golf.