Yesterday was work day at Newport Country Club and the unofficial opening for those who toil in the morning. I was busy yesterday afternoon at an AAU tournament so my first round was postponed until today. My first drive of the day was okay on distance but it made for a tricky second shot. It went well and I pitched onto the green and managed a bogey. The first hole dictates how my round will go. Anything more than a 6 is tough to make up. The round was going pretty well and then I came to the 8th tee. My drive was fairly good and I landed about 150 yards from the green. The guy in the picture to the left of the cart is positioned pretty close to the spot. As you can tell, it is a blind green. I used a 6 hybrid to get some muscle into the shot into a brisk wind.
When I crested the hill, the ball was nowhere to be found and I thought for sure it was lost in the leaves--perhaps even the ones in the sand trap to the right of the green. I crossed the green thinking that maybe it rolled over the back. I looked at the pin as I walked by, and there in the hole was my 2nd shot. It certainly made my day. I was hoping I would have a chance to birdie the hole, but instead an eagle had landed.