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Sunday, November 28, 2010

WFGT Tour Championship Invite

I received an email from the tournament director of the West Florida Golf Tour yesterday.  They had a couple of players withdraw from the event and he invited me to come play in tomorrows 27 hole Tour Championship. Having been hand picked from hundreds of other players down here is quite a honor. The winner of this event will take home $2500! The tournament is being hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Sarasota, Florida.  It is one of the most prestigious clubs in Florida, so I am very excited to play this golf course and compete in a very strong field.  Results from the tournament will be posted under the results tab on Monday night.  Also can be found at www.westfloridagolftour.com

Friday, November 26, 2010

Finding the Fairways

Hello everyone,  I have started to play some solid golf and managed to crack the money 4 out of my last 6 tournaments!  They are not big checks, but I am getting my money back,  and getting more and more comfortable every event.  I have been spending a lot of time lately working on my chipping and distance control with my wedges.  I have noticed a trend since I got down here and I am not capitalizing on opportunities.  Each little part of my game is starting to shape up nicely, once I fine tune my weaknesses, I have a good feeling I will have my first win in the near future!  This past week I was in contention twice down the stretch.  It was great knowing that I had a chance to win the golf tournament.  Unfortunately I didn't make a few putts when I needed to and was unable to pull off the win.

Since arriving down here I have had some very flattering compliments about my game from fellow players and tournament organizers.  Knowing that people see my potential gives me confidence in myself.  I have had current/past Nationwide and PGA Tour players tell me that I have what it takes to make it,  its a pretty good feeling,  and a huge confidence boost.

I have been practicing at Orange County National.  It is the number 1 facility in Florida and number 2 in the country.  It is also host to this years PGA Tour Q-school finals.  I played in a tournament there this week and shot 70 (-2) and missed out on a playoff by 2 strokes.  I will continue to practice at Orange County until I head to Myrtle Beach at the end of February.

If you are going to be in the Orlando area this winter feel free to email or call me.  We could get together to play some golf or if you want to watch some golf, I would love to have some hometown support on the course!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Global Maritimes Interview Now on YouTube

Did you miss the interview with Ray Bradshaw from Global Maritimes last month? Well now you can watch it on YouTube.  Click here to watch the interview!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Long overdue update

We are finally settled in down here and I have been playing as many events as I can.  I have been practicing a lot lately at Orange County National and it is really starting to pay off on the course.  I have the confidence I need to hit the shots that are required under any circumstance.  My game is starting to come around as I am focusing on the positives from each round and building on them.  I have been off to a bit of a struggle since I arrived down here but things are headed in the right direction.  I am just over 3 weeks into my professional golf career and I earned my first paycheck yesterday.  It was a great  relief to finally break the ice and place well in a tournament.  I shot rounds of 72-72 and finished in a tie for 8th place and even par.  I had some hometown support out there with me that made me a bit more comfortable, thanks for coming out Treen and Cathy!  During the second round I played with Patrick Sheehan, a former PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour player.  It was great to play with someone like him and see what it takes to play on the big stage.  He also gave me some great advice throughout the round to help me take my game to the next level.

Today I went to watch the final round of the PGA Tours Children's Miracle Network Classic. It was my first time at a PGA Tour event and it was a good experience and I got to get an idea of the PGA Tour atmosphere.  Being at the event today watching was kind of like sitting in the stands at one of my hockey games with an injury.  I wanted to be out there playing and not sitting there watching.  Having said that,  being there today gave me even more motivation to get there and play at that level.  I know I have the game to do it, I just need to focus on the little things and find ways to get that little white ball into the hole.

My next event is tomorrow at West Orange Country Club.  A course that I have played before!  Pretty much every tournament I have played so far I had to play the courses blind.  Now that I will be comfortable with the courses and got my first paycheck out of the way,  I have a different state of mind; I am going there tomorrow to win the golf tournament!

Also I have made some major changes to my schedule lately.  I have removed all of the Hooters events because once I got down here and realized all of the other tours I could play on for a lot less money.  The Hooters Tour is very expensive starting out and I want to be able to make my money last.  I can play 4 competitive rounds a week for half of what it would cost me to play one 3 round tournament on the Hooters Tour.  So financially I have decided not to play on the Hooters Tour over the winter but I still plan on playing the Hooters Summer series pending I have the finances to do so.

Thanks for all the support!
-Brian