- Aug 6, 2001
"Quashnet" is an ancient Wampanoag word meaning "Mosquito."One of the reasons I've always loved the British handicap system is that days like the one you've described are accounted for - the score you post is compared against all the other scores posted on the course that day before it gets applied to your handicap. (That's supposed to be a feature of the new worldwide handicapping system...I forget, has that come into effect yet in the US?) If you're going to keep score in conditions like that, I think you can have a lot of fun if you can fully accept that par is actually around 80-85 and evaluate your score accordingly, instead of just thinking how far over par you are.
By the by, the best tournament result I had in college golf was at the Greater Boston Championship, a one-day event which the year in question was played at Quashnet Valley on the Cape in similarly horrendous conditions. I shot an 83 and finished tied for second, two shots behind the winner; I'm pretty sure all of my teammates shot in the 90s except for the one guy who joined the Century Club, and none of them could believe that I'd shot an 83. "Quashnet" quickly became a swear word on our team, but I remember it very fondly; I didn't do anything well but played smartly, stayed out of trouble and avoided doubles and triples, and I think you can find real virtue and indeed enjoyment in accepting that on some days pars are birdies, bogeys are pars and doubles are bogeys.