As a reminder, most Water Tongue characters have a noun, verb and adjective meaning.
Noun: the condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends.
David failed at making par on hole number 16.
Verb: the process of not achieving the desired end or ends.
David was failing to make par on hole number 16.
Adjective: having the quality of being afraid or frightened.
Hole number 16 was a failing hole for David.