Well, after numerous rough drafts, and much wasted paper, I have my review of GW's performance on Saturday.
Expectations were set high for Mr. Weaver as we all well know. Unfortunately the conditions prevailed. I had the priveledge of playing the first round with Grant. This of course came to life due to my special request to the TD. I also requested that Leaf be in the group in hope that his slow play would aid in crippling Grant's performance. Let me back up for a moment. For those that have not read the previous posts, I was scared, literally scared of playing at Big Creek with Mr. Weaver in attendance. It's like fighting an uphill battle against him out there. So any edge that I could give myself was much needed.
By coincidence we started on hole #5, Grant's least favorite, and most difficult hole on the course. When Grant shocked the world and got a 3 on hole that gets a 4 or worse on usaually, I knew it was over. I contemplated walking off the course and getting out of that wretched cold. This performance prevailed through the first few holes. All of us staying with in a srtroke of each other. Grant was living up to the hype and he was taking numbers.
I think I speak for the group in saying that hole #10 is when things started to go wrong for Mr. Weaver (and myself for those that are that are interested). Grant went with the trustworthy thumber as usual off the tee pad. Maybe it was the sub freezing temperatures, maybe it was the 30 mph winds, maybe it was the sheet of ice on half the teepad, to this day I still ponder on how and the heck what what was about to happen, happened.
Grant's thumber went straight right off the teepad throught the pine tree 30 feet from his release and dissapeared. After several minutes of searching and the group behind us on our a88, I looked up, and to my dismay, there was Grants disc, 60 feet up in the air, sitting at the highest peak of the tallest tree on the course, getting tossed around like a rag doll by the wind, but would not come down. I can’t remember the rest of the shots by GW on that hole, but they weren’t good. He ended up carding a 5 for the first time ever playing that hole (I took a 4). The “freak” got worse and it was a domino effect from there till the end of the round for Mr. Weaver.
In all due respect scores were very high that day. I felt that I played like sh*t, but it was par for the course, unless you’re “worst to first” Leaf. Grant’s thumber just couldn’t compete with the wind. In fact, his entire bag of tricks took a back seat to the 40 mph gusts. To sum up the day for Grant, we finish the story at hole #4, our last hole of the round. Grant throws his patent pending sky s flick. For 60 feet off the pad this thing was looking to be a story for the record books, instead, it ended up being a freak accident. Just as it started to sail through the gap on a perfect line, and when I say perfect, I’m talking a 50 foot jump putt perfect, it takes a 90 degree turn left dive right into the pine.
It was a rough day for everyone out there. And just for showing up you already had a heck of round IMO. Let it be known to everyone, this by all means does not change my attitude about GW and his dominance of Big Creek State Park, or his up and coming dominance anywhere for that matter. Thanks for the memories Grant.