Archive: April, 2015

Vancouver Golf Tour

Here is the first of many posts to update everyone on my travels and golf tournaments. I hope you enjoy the updates, and if you’d like to be notified when they come out, please email me to let me know and I will put you on the mailing list.

I departed for Vancouver on March 20, giving myself 2 days to prepare for the first event. The first three stroke play events on the Vancouver Golf Tour were excellent development opportunities for me, and I believe I learned a lot in each event and continued to build my game towards the end goal.

Brad Garside Open, Beach Grove GC
A cold and rainy day made for difficult conditions for both decision making and execution. I had played one practice round and definitely didn’t spend enough time learning the golf course, rather spending time working on my swing and skills. My score was 72, one over par, and finished T16. For my first tournament round in over 5 months, I’m pleased with the score, but not happy with my performance. It’s reassuring to know I kept it around par with a round that felt quite poor.

VGT Ledgeview Classic, Ledgeview Golf Club
Another chilly breezy day, with only an hour or so of rain, filled with a mix of great golf shots, and indecisive ones. The decision making skills are getting sharper with each round, which, not surprisingly, is helping the execution of those decisions. An even par score of 70 put me in a tie for 8th place, and my first tournament check for 2015, $240!!

VGT Sandpiper Classic, Sandpiper Golf Club
What a beautiful golf course! I love this place! My parents came out to watch the front 9 on a beautiful sunny day at this beautiful golf course and I played pretty well. My score was 71, one under par which finished one shot out of the money. I left a few shots out there (as always), but started to feel like I had some control over my score and ball again.

What did I learn?

– Equipment changes take time, and experimenting can mean that you have more conviction in what you were using before. I’m looking forward to tweaking my Titleist irons back to their original specifications.
– Bring a back up driver. The crown (top) of my Titleist driver cracked, making it unfit for play. I didn’t realize it was cracked until I sanded the paint down and saw the crack was in the metal, not the paint.
– One day events are a sprint, not a marathon. I’m a fairly steady golfer, so I tend to do better the longer the event goes on. One day sprints are something I need to learn how to play a bit better. I’ll be entering in Monday qualifiers for Web.com and PGA Tour events in my life, so I need to prepare better for a sprint.
– Caddies help. A lot.
– The ball flies nowhere at sea level in cold wet conditions #humbled
– There’s no place for fear on the golf course.

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What’s next?

The next 3 tournaments on the schedule are the Vancouver Island Open April 25-26, the Vancouver Golf Tour Major #1 “Battle at the Bear” on April 27/28, and then PGA Tour Canada Qualifying School May 5-8. Wish me luck!!