Category: 2015 Tournament Blog

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Stampede Update

Hello friends,

Happy Stampede ! Below is a long overdue recap on the spring season, enjoy!

The PGA Tour Canada Qualifying School in Comox BC, was a fantastic tournament and a great week of golf experience for me. Crown Isle Golf Club was in terrific condition all week long, and the weather was as good as we could imagine. There was some excellent golf played, but unfortunately too many mistakes were made to finish high enough to earn PGA Tour Canada exempt status for 2015. I ended up missing the conditional status category by ONE SHOT. For complete results, click here.

The next stop was the Monday Qualifier for the Bayview Place Island Savings Open in Victoria BC, at the course I played during my university career at UVIC. I finally committed to, and performed well, with a new overlap grip. This is a major difference in my swing and how I play the game. It took a lot of consideration, practice, and commitment to use this grip in tournament play. I made 7 birdies, 3 bogeys and one double bogey to shoot -2 (70), and qualifiy. For a write up of the Monday Q, click here.

The tournament began Thursday, and after Tuesday and Wednesday spent preparing, training and resting, I felt ready for a great week. The tournament started well, spinning a wedge back and hitting the pin on the first hole, leaving a tap in birdie to start. I was 2 under through 5 when a few poorly executed tee shots cost me. Shooting 73 (+3) in the first round was a tough way to finish such a solid start to a round, but I knew I could recover on Friday. Teeing off on Hole 1 on Friday, I ripped my drive up the middle 320 and I knew the round was going to be a low one. Playing much more aggresively sharpened up my focus, and although I played a very solid round of golf, even par 70 just wasn’t enough. I was proud of the tee shots I hit in the second round and giving myself birdie looks on the last 8 holes under pressure. The putting was also very solid thanks to building a great putter with the help of Ted and Robert.
For complete results from the Bayview Place Island Savings Open, click here.

My next event was the Alberta Open Championship, presented by one of my sponsors, LongBall Inc. I felt ready for this event although once again made a few very costly mistakes, and wasn’t sharp enough to make enough birdies to catch up to the leaders. Scores of 75-72 were just ok, but I was hoping for more. I am very excited with the way I played at times, because I’ve played Carnmoney many times and played excellent under pressure that week.

I originally planned on Monday qualifying for the next 4 events on the PGA Tour Canada, but after some difficult decision making, I decided to just stay in Calgary and train, teach and see friends and family. June and July are times where I can teach and make a living in Calgary, while golfing, and I can’t do that in November/December.

I will be teaching quite a bit in the next month and will book up quickly, so please email, call, text or tweet to book a lesson. My website contains all scheduling and pricing information for 2015! I do appreciate all referrals so please pass my information along to anyone that needs golfing assistance!

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!!