Where it All Began

My story with golf begins when I was about 6 or 7 years old. This was 1996/97. Of course, it was the beginning of the Tiger Era of golf. 

Since that moment in time, I have been enthralled with the game. Everything about golf is absolutely awesome. It is the most challenging sport I have ever played, maybe not physically but the combination of physical skill and mental fortitude take golf to a very high level. 

My parents didn't have a lot of money or know much about junior golf, but I was able to get golf lessons early on in life through a program the local course had during the summer. As I learned the game, I became better and better. Eventually, I made it onto the varsity golf team in 8th grade and continued to play for the rest of my high school career. 

However, I was never good enough to make it onto a college team and my confidence wasn't high enough to attempt to walk on anywhere. My average scores held in the mid to low 80s. 

Since graduating high school, I have not played a single competitive round of golf, outside the occasional scramble or match against some friend. However, that is about to change. I am now in pursuit to become a scratch golfer, something I have never been able to achieve and I will be documenting it all right here on the Itchin' for Scratch page.

So far this year things are going well. 

The main reason for my sudden switch in goals from simply playing the game I love to trying to get to scratch is because I want to play competitive golf again. I will never be good enough to go pro, but I love the competition. It is a completely different atmosphere. 

I saw that the Minnesota Golf Association is hosting their annual Mid-Amateur Championship at the end of August. I sat there and stared at the screen to summon the courage to register. Well, I did and now the party is on. 

My return to competitive golf starts now.