Daniel set a new nine-hole personal best in golf this week, shooting even par on the back nine of a round.
After shooting an eight-over-par, 44, on the front nine, Daniel started the back with five straight pars before three-putting for a bogey on a 537-yard par 5. He made two more pars before making birdie on the last hole, which also was a par 5, for a 36.
Daniel has been putting better since he took a golf lesson while we were on vacation.
Besides the one three-putt holes, he had three one-putts. He needed only 16 putts on all nine holes. He also had 16 putts on his first nine holes, but he hit the ball better off the tee and had better approach shots on the second nine.
Daniel only hit two fairways and two greens in regulation on the opening nine holes. On the back nine, he hit six fairways and seven greens.
Daniel’s even par, 36, came on the same nine holes where he had shot his previous best of 37. He made a hole-in-one during that round, which was played in a school match.
Daniel plans to play in three more tournaments this summer in the Tar Heel Junior Golf Association. He also will play in his club championship, which he came in second place last year.
All in all, Daniel continues to improve in his golf game. He’s not quite ready to break Tiger Woods’ Majors Record yet, but I think he is satisfied with the way he is playing.
Daniel’s enjoyment of the game has shown during a heat wave we’ve had this summer. He’s played golf when the temperatures were over 100 a few times. He shot the personal best even par on nine holes on one of the extremely hot days.
Shooting even par on nine holes is an important milestone. I expect it won’t be long before he’ll break par on nine and eventually for an 18-hole round.