A golfing tournament centered around fantasy football owners, the FFL Invitational has been the pinnacle of my personal golf season for years. Originally designed for aficionados of fantasy football, the golf tournament is a lowest individual score, winner-takes-all-format that became an “invitational” for anyone that fancies themselves as a mediocre player — hey, that describes me!
I’ve played in this tourney for a while and have managed to pull a second, third and fourth place trophy a handful of times; however, I’d never won the thing. I began to think the winner’s circle was as elusive as a bar of soap in the tub, almost but not quite — until this weekend when I managed to capture lightning in a paper sack.
Golf is an elusive game and Sean Connery put is best when he said, “Just when you think you have it figured out, it let’s you know you don’t,” but this Saturday every facet of my game was liquid smooth. I normally shoot in the low-90’s on a typical round but my score of 80 (or 8 strokes over par) in the 2012 FFL Invitational tied the historical record in the tourney and cleared the field by nine strokes. But it was the details which enabled me to hoist the trophy. From the UPS guy that suggested a change to my chipping technique at the range, to Ken Allen recommending I line up my putts with the seam of the ball, everything clicked into position. Bottom line, I’m chuffed with the result so please excuse my momentary aggrandizing.
But if Sean Connery’s statement rings true, the next time I hit the course, golf will elbow me in the throat and take me back down a peg or two — maybe, time will tell.