Saturday, December 25, 2010

eGolf Professional Tour Member

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays as I was back to work this afternoon getting back in the swing of things after taking a 2 week break.  During my time off I spent a week at home in Nova Scotia for my sister Amy's wedding.  It was a great wedding and a lot of fun. It was great getting to see my family and friends and seeing my sister walk down the isle was a special feeling.  Congratulations Amy and Llyod! 

Last week I became a member of the eGolf Professional Tour.  This tour is based out of the Carolinas and I plan on playing 12 events spanning from March to September. The eGolf Tour is one of the top developmental tours in North America.  They have of the biggest purses and week in week out have some of the strongest fields.  I want to test my game at the next logical level and by playing on the eGolf Tour I feel like I will be able to further develop my game and be one step closer to the big stage. Some other benefits of the eGolf Tour include: eGolf will pay for 2011 PGA TOUR Q-School for the top 20 members on the tour’s 2011 member earnings money list. 72-hole tournaments with a full-field purse of $250,000. Offer a minimum of four Nationwide Tour exemptions in 2011. They Also have two events in Morocco in March with 120 man fields and $250,000 guaranteed purses.

I am currently in the process of looking for supporters who are interested in helping with my expenses on the eGolf Tour. The main expense will be my entry fees. Each entry fee on the eGolf Professional Tour is $1150 US for a 72 hole event. I have been fortunate enough to already have one of my first eGolf event entry fee covered by Paul Madden. Paul is a successful businessman from Newfoundland and is currently residing in Prince Edward Island where he recently opened a new condominium on waterfront Charlottetown.  I also had Amy and Llyod MacInnis Chip in to help me pay for entry fees in two of my upcoming Florida events. The support I have been receiving from people is unbelievable. My blog alone had over 10,000 hits in just over 2 months! I cant thank everyone enough for their continued support! 

Merry Christmas and have a happy and safe New Years!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

First Professional Win!

Just over 7 weeks into my professional career and today I won my first tournament!  I shot a 4 under par 68 to win by one shot over 2 players at Windermere Country Club. It was a small but tough field today and I managed to come out on top.  Today was the first time I played the course and I managed it very well. I hit the ball great again today hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens.  I had 6 birdies and 2 bogeys on the round.  The 4 foot par putt on 18 gave me a taste of what it's like to be under that kind of pressure on the professional level. I am very excited about this and between my wife Charlotte, and my father, I think they are both more excited than I am!  It was such a great feeling to call them right after I found out I won and tell them the news.  I collected $700 for the win and got my hands on the giant check I have been eying up since I arrived down here!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Building on the Positives

Another week on the developmental tours has passed and I am continuing to build on the positives.  I spent a couple days this week practicing very hard and I found something in my swing on Tuesday that excited me and I started to have much more control over my shots.  I also came up with a new pre-shot routine that takes a few seconds longer.  I have a bad habit of getting quick and not getting focused.  I just finished playing in a 36 hole event at Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club on the Florida Professional Golf Tour it's fair to say my new pre-shot routine has paid off.  I hit the ball extremely well the past two days hitting 25 of 28 fairways and 32 of 36 greens in regulation.  I am very confident off the tee now and once I pick that target I know I'm going to hit it.  I finished 11th in the tournament with rounds of 75-72 (+3) and collected my biggest paycheck so far, $500!  The greens we played were rolling 12 (very fast) and the pin locations were very tough.  Ridgewood Lakes is a course you really need to think your way around the golf course and commit to your targets and the cold and wind added to that affected the scores both days.  I played my way around the course really well both days but I struggled to make birdie putts.  I hit a lot of great putts that just didn't go in.  I was miss reading the greens a bit and just couldn't find the happy medium.  I had some company on the course today, as well as a great homemade dinner after the round, thanks again Ron and Gloria!

I have 18 hole event tomorrow at Windermere Country Club.  I haven't played this course before so I will play it conservatively and try to roll in some birdies!  This will most likely be my last event until the new year.  I will be flying home on December 15th through the 22nd because my sister Amy is getting married on the 18th.  I will take about 2 weeks off to spend time with my family and will start practicing again just after Christmas.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Birdies, Eagle, Ace! and more...

Today was an eventful round of golf to say the least.  My round was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 145 yard par 3 8th hole.  The wind was hurting a bit and blowing hard right to left so I hit a punch 9 iron and it bounced once and hopped right into the hole!  This was my first ace in competition and my 3rd of my career.  Now let sum up the rest of my round for you with some interesting numbers.  I had an ace, eagle, 5 birdies, 4 bogeys and a.... 9 on the par 3 14th hole.  Im sure some of you are wondering how I managed to make a 9. Well here it is.  I was 3 under par for the round through 13 holes and I caught my tee shot a little heavy on the par 3 and it embedded in the hazard.  For me to take relief I would have had to go back to the tee because it was over a pond.  So I figured I could pop it out the lie,  well I did just that, then it rolled back into the hazard.  So I gave it another whack out, and it rolled back into the hazard again.  So I gave it another whack, and it rolled back into the hazard but right into the pond this time.  So I took my relief and 3 putted my way to an astounding 9.  Went from 3 under to 3 over in about 4 minutes.  I still had 4 holes to play and I knew the course was playing tough and if I finished strong I still might be able to get into the money.  The 15h hole is 525 yard par 5 and I hit driver, 7 iron to about 15 feet and rolled the putt in for eagle!  I then got a bad break on 16 and made bogey but answered back with a birdie on 18 to finish with a one over par 73 and in a tie for 4th place.  70 ended up winning the tournament today and I played 17 holes at 5 under par and even a double bogey on that par 3 would have gave me the win.  And that ladies and gentleman is why golf is a 4 letter word!

I will be playing in a 36 hole event this weekend at Reunion Resort.  We will play the Nicklaus course tomorrow and the Watson course on Sunday. I am looking forward to this event because I have been playing some really good golf and i can limit my bogeys and continue to make birdies I will have a great shot at winning it!