Friday, August 28, 2009

There's no "I" in TEAM, but there's M & E

Those who did not (or chose not to attempt to) qualify for the championship flight of the club championship are sorted into flights by handicap and compete in the flight championships. Each flight has 16 players and is single elimination match play. With my 6.5 index, I am the #12 seed in the first flight and play the #5 seed in the first round this Saturday.

Our state team inter-club playoffs also start this Saturday, so after playing my first round match at 7:30am, I'm hopping in the car to head to Chestnut Ridge Country Club for a 1:30pm shotgun start there. Six clubs, including ours, are sending six two-man teams to compete for the chance to continue in the playoffs.

Usually I would be ecstatic to have this kind of day ahead of me. However, with my game in the tank, I'm less than thrilled.

Luckily, playing poorly has only added to my motivation to work hard in the gym and I have stuck to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday workout schedule thus far. I did not experience nearly as much soreness this week as I did last week, which I attribute to additional stretching as well as my body adjusting to the routine.

Wednesday night I played a quick nine after work and then I hit a small bucket during lunch on Thursday. I'll probably hit balls again today at lunch and then work on my short game after work before heading to the gym tonight.

I would love to say that I'm more excited for the team match than my individual match, but then I would be lying! Winning the first flight at Rolling Road is tougher than winning a lot of other clubs' championship flights and would definitely be a big deal to me. We always play two-on-two, four-on-four and other team formats throughout the year, so the chance to compete as an individual is something I always look forward to.

Which do you prefer? Team competition or individual competition?

1 comment:

  1. Good question. I like both. However, it all comes down to individual performance so I guess both have an individual component.

    It just depends whether you enjoy disappointing yourself, or if you like to have company. ;o)

    Seriously, I think it's fun to participate in team competitions--mainly because it really is such an individual sport.