A week later, Cye joined some buddies for a round at FireLake Golf Course in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
An early birdie reinforced the positive thoughts he’d been building. “I was playing along trying to swing as if I had the LC-1 on,” he said, “and I could definitely feel I was hitting the ball better, straighter and farther.”
Good vibes, however, often crash and burn on FireLake’s eighth hole – a devilish par 3 across Squirrel Creek. There’s usually a crosswind from the left, and the green is angled to accept a soft draw.
Cye pulled an 8-iron and settled over the 131-yard shot.
“Smooth swing,” he reminded himself a split-second before taking the club back. “Elbows together.”
He knew instantly that he’d struck it well; his gaze sharpened as the ball traced a gentle, right-to-left crescent toward the flag.