Now i've seen the comp i'll have a bash.
Having moved with my job, i decided it was time to join a club for the first time. I had a "handicap" from one of those online jobbies, but i'd never played a proper medal round in my life. I did some research and found a local club on the net, and called up and asked if i could come and play a round before i joined. They said come along and join our Saturday morning swindle, so i duly turned up and was put out with one of the club's "characters" who explained that the standard format was 4BBB stableford, £5 for the win, 50p for a birdie and the possibility of presses (to be explained later..). I announced my handicap as 18 and we duly set off to play off the white tees as said "character" was marking a card for his mate who'd recently joined.
I don't remember all of the round blow by blow, but suffice it to say i played out of my skin. Not knowing the course i didn't know where the trouble was, i putted like a pro, made 2 or 3 sand saves and generally had a blinder. A couple of highlights - on one hole having hit a very average drive i faced a longish second shot - seeing the pin cut back right of the green i announced, jokingly, i was going to try and play a bit of a soft cut with my 4iron. To much muttering i executed said shot perfectly leaving a 4 footer for birdie, which i holed to win the match and the press for my side.
On the next hole, we were offered another press, at which point i hooked my tee shot high and wide... as i walked off the tee with a shrug, we watched as it cannoned around in the branches of a tree, eventually fell straight down, hit a root and bounced 30 feet right, onto the putting surface.
Finally, on the last hole, which is all uphill, i was left with a 155 yard shot. He asked me what club i was planning to hit and i said 7i, he muttered that i'd never make it with that - i duly hit a horrible thin that shot off like a rocket, rolled all the way up to the green to 3 feet from the pin, and i duly sank the putt for a 9 over par round, my best score ever.
Flushed with my success i swiftly followed up and joined the club... it was about 18 months before i managed to play to my 18 handicap again...