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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2012 Schedule

I have completed a tentative schedule for the first 3 months of 2012. To check out the list of events click here

I am in the process of looking for accommodations in Central Florida as well as a cheap but efficient car to get me around to events as I will be leaving my vehicle home with my wife. I have proposals done up as I am seeking investors to help fund my first 3 months of 2012. If you are interested in making an investment in my golf career please contact me and I can explain the opportunity you have to one day tell all your friends that you helped me get started.

-Brian

Monday, October 17, 2011

Update - new plan of attack

It's been a while since my last post and a lot of things have changed since then. First and most exciting thing that changed was that on October 13th my wife gave birth to our second little girl! Abigail Genevieve 7lbs 14oz. Mother and baby are all healthy and Ella is adjusting very well to having a little sister. 

On the golf side of things I had a set back in August when I strained a muscle in my lower back. Because of this injury I was forced to withdraw from European Tour Qualifying School. I am now fully recovered and I am easing my way back into things. So the big question is, 'what are your plans now?', well my plans are to stay home and raise some money until January. In January I will head to the Orlando area and practice and play mini tour events to prepare me for Canadian Tour Qualifying School at the end of March. 

I will be having a few fundraiser events over the next couple months and I ask everyone to please keep an eye out for these events. I am relying 100% on raising the money myself to pay for my expenses in Florida which include entry fees, travel expenses, practice facilities and living expenses. 

I am still teaching lessons, so if you are heading south for the winter and need a tune up, just let me know.

Thanks for the continued support!

Brian

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New game plan for Fall 2011 - changed due to injury

Hello everyone, I have been a little slack on keeping everyone up to date on things since I got home but I have been having a very busy summer. Since I arrived back home I have been working on the grounds crew at Glen Lovat Golf Club and teaching lessons in the afternoons and evenings. The past month the lessons have kept me extremely busy with 4 or 5 afternoons/evenings booked solid every week. This is great for my fundraising and also giving my game a rest because I have hardly any time to play. But my game is starting to come together the one or two times I get out a week and I have a good feeling I will peak at the right time.

New Game Plan
I will no longer be doing PGA Tour qualifying school this Fall because I have not raised enough money to pay for my entry fee, expenses, and the dates of first stage conflict with the birth of my second child in mid-October. So I went back to the drawing board and came up with a plan that will fit my budget, dates are perfect, and a chance to follow the path of many of the worlds best golfers and play the European Tour. European Tour Q-school is going to cost me half of what PGA Tour Q-school would cost. So, I will be competing in European Tour qualifying school in near the end of September. There are 3 stages and for first stages there are 8 different venues and I am trying to go to the one in Germany. The course looks like it fits my game well and the price is right on the plane tickets. After first stage I will return home for 6 weeks then head to Spain in mid November to compete in second and third stages at the first of December.

Back-up Plan
You might be wondering if I have a back-up plan, well, I have a few ideas. If I fail to qualify for the European Tour I still have a chance to qualify for the European Challenge Tour. The Challenge Tour qualifying is run through European Tour q-school and is very similar to the Nationwide Tour. Depending on where you finish at final stage will depend on the amount of exemptions you can earn throughout the season. So as long as I make it to final stage I will remain over seas to play The European Tour or European Challenge Tour. If I am unable to make it to the final stage I will come back home for a couple months with my family. My plans for 2012 will depend on how fundraising goes this Fall. I hope to raise enough money to head back to Florida or Myrtle beach in January to play mini tours and continue to gain the much needed experience to excel at the highest level.

Fundraising
I will be having a few fundraisers over the next month so I ask everyone to please continue to show their support and keep and eye out for some of the fundraising events. Below is a list of upcoming and ongoing fundraising.
-Golf Lessons -> email affleckgolf@gmail.com or call 902-695-2943 to inquire
-Golf Shirt (Brian Affleck Supporter Logo on chest) -> will be sold during golf events in Pictou County or upon request. Schedule to be posted soon.
-Golf Tournament (date TBD)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Helping out for some great causes!

Over the past week I have volunteered my time to help raise money some some great causes. Last Sunday I hit drives all day on number 7 at Abercromebie golf and country club to help raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Society. The event is still fairly new and every year they continue to get more interest and raise more money. This year they surpassed their goal and raised just over $3500. Thanks to John for the invitation to help out for day.

Today I was beating balls on number 7 at Abercrombie again but this time the fundraiser was for Summer Street Industries in New Glasgow. This event has to be one of the best in Atlantic Canada. The organizers do an amazing job and I was happy to be able to contribute my day to help out my friends at Summer Street Industries. The total amount raised today was over $185,000. Amazing!!! Thanks to everyone for their generosity and I'm glad I could do something to help out.

Adult clinics every Sunday

Adult Clinics 
Every Sunday this summer I will be conducting an adult clinic that will feature a different aspect of the game each week. They are 1 hour clinics and the cost $15 per person.

Schedule

Men 2-3pm
Ladies 3-4pm

Sunday, July 3 - Chipping / Pitching
Sunday, July 10 - Bunker play
Location is Glen Lovat Golf Club and being a memebr is not a requirment.
*times and lesson types are subject to change.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Golf Lesson Fundraising

I have made it back to Pictou County safely and I am starting the fundraising already. I will be teaching golf lessons at Glen Lovat Golf Club throughout the summer to raise money for my PGA Tour Qualifying School expenses this fall. I have added a new tab on the blog named 'Lessons'. If you click on this link you will find more information on the lessons and how to contact me to sign up. Below is a poster you will find at the link.

Click on image to enlarge.



Junior Program
I am also going to have a Junior program welcome to any Juniors ages 10-18. It will be conducted on Monday from 6-8pm and Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 running from June 27 to August 9th. That is a total of 14 sessions in 7 weeks. Every Wednesday will be instruction/practice and Monday will be on course playing lessons. If you have children or grandchildren be sure to let them know about a chance to learn the game of golf and have fun doing it!
To sign up for a lesson email me at affleckgolf@gmail.com or call 902-752-7674

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Update

I would like to thank everyone once again for all their support. Many of you may not know this but for the past couple of months I have been struggling to get by. I have made numerous sacrifices just to keep my head above water just to have enough money to pay travel expenses for my events and to even put food on the table daily. Thank god for 20 cent noodles and PB&J's! I have come to the point I have no choice but to head home after my next eGolf event on May 4-7. I have exercised all possibilities and financially I just don't have the money to stay any longer. I will have to withdraw from my eGolf event at the end of May and use the money to pay for my expenses for my eGolf event next week and to get me home. I did plan on coming home for the summer but I did not want it to be this early.

This is not the end of my professional career, it is just some time away to get my finances in place so I can continue to follow my dream this fall. I will come home to work until the end of August to get caught up on bills and secure funding for the fall eGolf events and PGA Tour qualifying school which starts in September when I have to play in a 72 hole pre-qualifier. I feel like my game has improved quite a bit since turning pro and I have been able to gain a lot of great experience. I have received many compliments about my golf game and have been told I have what it takes to make it on the PGA Tour and once I get there I have the qualities to win and be dominant. With words like that from a former Nationwide and PGA tour player meant a lot to me. That has really increased my motivation to make it on tour. I feel like the first 6 months have been successful and I have got my feet wet and I am on the right track to achieve my 5 year goal of having status on the PGA Tour.

I am going to do some brainstorming on my route home on ways to raise money for the fall and next year. I truly believe that If I can raise enough money to take care of expenses I will have some security and will be able to play better golf and not be stressed about my financial situation at events. The past couple months have been tough and even tougher to play good golf with all the pressure on my back. My best option right now is to come home and earn some money, raise some money, and spend time with my family. Some time off will do me some good and I look forward to getting caught up with all my friends at Glen Lovat and Abercrombie throughout the summer.

See you all soon!
Brian

Friday, April 22, 2011

Nationwide Qualifier on Monday

My family has hit the road back to Nova Scotia after 11 days here in Myrtle Beach. It was great to see my parents, wife, and daughter and spend some time relaxing time with them to get my mind off of things. I spent the past week hanging out with my family and played a few rounds with my father while the girls caught some rays by the pool.

I found my game again this week and I am very excited to play in the Monday qualifier for the Nationwide Tours South Georgia Classic. It is an 18 hole qualifier that is played at two different courses that will exempt 7 players from each course into the tournament. So a total of 14 exemptions will be given out to the 300 players trying to qualify. Which means its time to go out give it all I have and hope its good enough to qualify. This is my first Nationwide qualifier so I looking forward to gaining the experience and taking a shot at the next level.

To see results click here -> I am playing Doublegate CC

Failed to qualify today. I played a really solid round of golf though and played 16 holes at 2 under and easily could have been 5 or 6 under had a few putts fell in. I ended up shooting 76 because I had a double and a quad on par 3's. It was 95 degrees here today and I was extremely hot so I decided to hit a couple in the pond to cool off.. 66 ended up being the number to qualify today.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Missed cut this week in Southport, NC

I missed the cut in this weeks eGolf event shooting rounds of 76-75 and missed it by 4 shots. I struggled to play the par 5's well this week and it ended up costing me. On a positive note I putted great and gained a lot of confidence in my short game. I had just 27 putts yesterday and 24 putts today. This is a huge confidence boost because I rolled the ball great and saw lots of putts fall in. I had a good chance to make the cut today but I just couldn't keep anything going. Also didn't help that I woke up this morning with a bug and was sick the entire round and it was a struggle just to finish the round. If it wasn't for my father on my bag there was no way I would have had the energy to finish the round. I will not play again until May 4-7 because I withdrew from next weeks event to take some time off and spend it with my parents, wife, and daughter. It is well needed time off because I have been struggling lately and need some time to regroup and enjoy time with my family.

I will be playing in a Nationwide Tour qualifier on Monday April 25th in Valdosta, Georgia for the South Georgia Classic so I will make sure to keep everyone posted. 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Irish Creek Classic Cancelled

The Irish Creek Classic was cancelled today due to inclement weather causing the courses to be unplayable. The  first round was supposed to be played yesterday but we had a 4 hour delay and than they cancelled round 1 and changed the event to a 54 hole event. The rain still did not stop and we had more delays this morning and than they decided we were not going to be able to complete the tournament so they cancelled the event. We were all issued refunds on our entry fees. I will now be heading to Florida this coming week to play a Florida Players Tour event at LPGA International on April 6-7. My next eGolf event will be April 13-16 at St. James Plantation in Southport, NC.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Getting tuned up

Over the past 3 days I have been working with Ted Frick, he is the director of Classic Swing Golf School here in Myrtle Beach. Ted is one of the best teachers in South Carolina and was nominated top 100 teachers in America. I approached Ted a few days ago and told him I have been struggling and needed some help. Well, Ted did not even hesitate and he made time for me in his very busy schedule to work with me to sort things out. After we took a few videos it did not take Ted long to figure out what was going on, I was lacking hip rotation, and my hands were not releasing quick enough through the impact zone. The rest of my swing looked great and after a few minor adjustments, some hip stretching and hundreds of golf balls hit, I am feeling very confident heading into my tournament this week. This is the first timed I have worked with anyone and I am looking forward to continuing working with Ted and continue to try and reach my full potential.

I will be hitting the road tomorrow morning to head to The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, NC for a practice round. The tournament starts on Wednesday and I am heading into this tournament with a new mind set. I am going into this tournament with winning it on my mind. I have been going into the last few tournaments thinking about making the cut and worrying about getting a paycheck. It's time to just go out and play golf and think about one shot at a time and at the end of the week that one shot i'll be thinking about will be to win the tournament!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Morocco wrap-up

After 2 weeks in Morocco, and a lonnnnnggg trip back to Myrtle Beach, I have finally got my feet back under me today. I had a great time in Morocco, started off my trip by making the cut in the first event and finished in 46th place. The first tournament was held in Marrakech. Marrakech is a desert style landscape with a beautiful view of snow cap mountains in the distance.
View of putting green with snow caps in background
The city of Marrakech was very different than anything I've ever seen before. Anytime we were headed to the course we were bound to see something unusual on the roads. Like a family of 4 riding on a 2 person moped, or a roller balder, biker, motorcycle, moped, horse and wagon, car, bus, oh and a couple police officers all in the same round about at the same time... and it was a 2 lane road about 5 cars wide. We were just waiting to see an accident everyday but didn't see a singe collision. After the tournament was over we all hopped on buses and headed to El Jadida on which was supposed to be a 3 hour bus ride. Well nearly 5 hours later, and a few wrong turns and U-turns, we arrived at Pullman Hotel in El Jadida. 

The second event of the trip was held at Pullman Royal Golf and Spa located right on the Atlantic Ocean. It was pretty amazing to see the how the landscape changed from Marrakech to El Jadida. The golf course was tightly tree lined and kind of had a west coast feel to it. I failed to make the cut at this event due to a few bad holes both days. I played 31 holes at 1 under par and 5 holes 13 over par over 2 rounds. I shot rounds of 77 and 79. The second round I went completely brain dead for 5 holes and got myself into a big hole, I was 11 over par on the round with 5 holes to go. I told myself on the 14th tee that I need to break 80 today and gain confidence for my next event.  I then birdied 14, missed an 8 footer for birdie on 15, then birdied 16, 17, and 18 to shoot 79. Finishing that strong taught me something about my character on the course and my ability to regain focus after struggling for several holes. So even though I missed the cut I still left Morocco on a good note with positive thoughts on my mind. Below are a few more pictures from the event. Thanks again to Randy Ansems of Think Business Training for making this trip possible!
View from #2 Tee at Pullman in El Jadida
View from #18 tee at Pullman in El Jadida
The farmers stand by their sheep all day (no fences)


Velsoft to sponsor event May 25-28

The fundraiser held by my former co-workers at Velsoft last Saturday was a success. They raised enough money to pay for my entry fee for the Donald Ross Championship in Southern Pines, NC on May 25-28. Thank you to everyone that came out to show their support and special thanks to the Velsoft employees for organizing the event. If you are wondering who Vesoft is; they are a New Glasgow based company that sells pre-written customizable courseware and training materials for workplace development. They have computer training and soft skills training that us sold in over 150 countries worldwide. If your looking to train your workforce and want to save time and money, check out the list of courses they have to offer -> https://velsoftcourseware.com/courses/

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Made the cut in first Morocco event!

I just finished the final round of the Samanah Classic in Morocco today and I am very happy with my progress. I finished in 46th place shooting rounds of 75-69-75-70 to finish at 1 over par for tournamnet and got me a check for $1800! I had a very up down week that included lots of birdies, but lots of bogeys as well. Through 4 round I had 19 birdies, 1 eagle, 18 bogeys, and 2 double bogeys. I have gained a lot of confidence in my game by making a lot of birdies, now I just need to eliminate the bogeys. It feels great to make the cut in just my second eGolf tournamnet and I feel like I have less to worry about next week now that I made the cut this week. Next event starts Saturday and I am looking forward to playing well!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fundraiser Dance on March 12th

My former co-workers at Velsoft Training Materials have been very supportive of my professional golf career and they want to help me even more by having a benefit dance to raise money for my eGolf entry fees. Information about the event is below. Thanks to everyone for their continued support!!

Brian Affleck Benefit Dance

When: Saturday March 12, starting at 6:00 pm

Where: The Air Force Club, Foord St, Stellarton

What: Donations at the door, silent auction, 50-50
draw, and more. Live music featuring FourFit
starts at 9:00 PM.

Why: All money raised will be used to help pay
Brian’s entry fees on the eGolf Tour.

Music by
FourFit

For more information or to donate please call
(902) 755-1884

Morocco bound

Thanks to Randy Ansems of Think Business Training I will be making a trip to Morocco from March 2nd to the 16th to play in two eGolf Tour events. The eGolf Tour is hosting two events in Morocco to give players a chance to broaden their experiences on and off the course.  Both tournaments will feature 120 man fields with $250,000 purses, $40,000 going to the winner, and an exemption into the European Tours King Hassan II Trophy tournament. I am very excited to have this opportunity and I cannot wait to get a little redemption from last weeks nightmare start on the eGolf Tour.

In my first eGolf Tournament last week I failed to make the cut. I'm not going to lie, I was nervous and I just couldn't get comfortable. I spent a long 4 hour drive back to Myrtle Beach thinking about what went wrong and what I can do to fix it. I came to the conclusion I was gripping the club to tight, too tense, and tried to guide my shots. I let my nerves get the best of me and after opening with a 79 I knew I would have to go out and shoot 65 or 66 to make the cut. So I went out in round 2 and played very aggressive and after getting off to a shaky start it just kept getting worse. Although I may not have many positives from my first event, I did learn a lot about what I need to do in the next event to play well. I have been practicing hard all week and I am hitting the ball great and I am starting to gain confidence in my putter.

I leave for Morocco on March 2nd and my wife Charlotte and Daughter Ella will be flying home to Nova Scotia the same day. Charlotte will be going back to work in April so I will not see my girls again until Ella's first birthday on June 2nd. It is going to be tough, but someone has to pay the bills and since I haven't made a check in what seems like forever, I will have to keep focused and just keep thinking that I won my first tournament when they were away for 3 weeks.

The events will be televised in Morocco so if I figure out how you can watch it online I will let everyone know. To follow the leaderboard click here!  

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

eGolf Professional Tour debut one week away

I will be making my debut on the eGolf Tour a week from today in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The tournament is the Swiftwick Shootout Palmetto Hall and will feature about 200 players. It is a 72 hole event and after 36 holes the field will be cut to top 70 and ties. I have been working through some minor swing changes the past few weeks and I feel like everything is coming around just in time. I was having some pretty bad misses that were costing me to many strokes, with my new swing path, I am hitting a consistent fade and my misses are much more controllable. I will be spending the rest of the week fine tunning my mid to long irons and putting until the hole seems to be the size of the Atlantic Ocean!

Golf shirts have been selling steadily and sizes may be getting low, but good news, I just picked up 24 ladies shirts and 15 mens shirts. I will continue to keep my eye out for more shirts and I will have them ready to sell near the first of May. If you are interested in purchasing any of the current shirts I would suggest that you jump on it because the next batch of shirts will be different.

If you want to stay updated on my day to day progress next week you can follow the results through this link:
Swiftwick Shootout at Palmetto Hall -- February 16-19

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Barrage of Support!

I am very fortunate to have an amazing and large support group. In the last 14 days I have had four egolf tour events covered by generous donations. To start off the slew of donations I had Ken Lim and my college golf coach Aaron Edwards contribute to my egolf event on March 30- April 2. Then I had a gentleman who has contributed to my golf career numerous times since I was a junior golfer. Joe MacGillivray stepped up and covered my event on April 13-16. The good news didn't stop there though, I then got a call from my wife's uncle Gerald Green, and he informed me that Maia, Ryan, Anna, and Callum were going to cover my egolf event on April 20-23. Which leads me to the latest slew of donations. I have received an enormous amount support from a group of Islanders over the past few days thanks to Tim Banks of APM. Tim was not only generous enough to donate towards my egolf event on May 4-7, but he went above and beyond by sending an email out to a group of his friends about me and asking them to help me out by contributing $100 each. Tim sent that email out on Sunday, since then I have received enough to pay for one and a half egolf events through donations! Special thanks to the following Islanders who have contributed over the past couple of days: Tim Banks, Carrie MacNabb, Terry McKenna, Brooke MacMillan, Dan McInnis, Phillip Watts, J.William Hogg, Susan Harrison, Doug MacDonald, John Abbott, Ed Babineau, and Jamie Hill.

I have also gotten off to a great start with selling golf shirts as over half of the inventory has been sold already and I am on the hunt for more shirts.  The next batch of shirts most likely wont be ready until the first or second week in May. Just in time for golf season in the Maritimes!

The past two weeks have been full of good news.  I have received a numerous amount of donations and sold quite a bit of golf shirts. I took about a week and a half off to regroup and rest before I started a grueling practice schedule as I prepare for my first egolf event. I started back practicing last Monday as we got settled into the condo in Myrtle Beach, SC. I have been practicing at the Legends Resort and Golf Club which features a pretty good practice facility and three very different style and challenging golf courses.

I have been focusing on my putting as I have lost a bit of confidence over the past few weeks but my confidence is growing again and I feel like it is going to come back at the right time. During the time off I took I thought a lot about what I was doing when I was winning college and amateur events. I came to the conclusion that one thing that I used to do in the past was play a cut with my short irons. So I spent the past couple days making a few swing changes and now I am playing a consistent 5-10 yard cut with every club in my bag. Moving the ball with cut spin instead of hook spin allows for a softer and more controllable landing which results in more fairways hit and more greens hit. I played a round today with my new swing and I think once I get a bit more comfortable moving the ball in that direction it will turn me into a more consistent player. Jack Nicklaus played a cut his entire career, worked out pretty good for him!

Thanks to everyones tremendous amount of support I will be able to stop worrying about if im going to have enough money to play next week, now I know I can go out and play worry free golf until the end of May. I cant explain how much this means to me right now, my spirits have lifted, my stress has gone away and I am excited to get started on the egolf tour!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Update

Hello everyone, I am 4 weeks away from my debut on the eGolf Tour in the Swiftwick Shootout at Palmetto Hall in Hilton Head, SC. I will be taking the next two and a half weeks away from tournament play to regroup and get ready for the eGolf Tour. After struggling in my last couple tournaments I sat down and went over each round to find out what I need to do to be more consistent throughout the round. I have been hitting the ball really well and my wedge play has improved tremendously over the past two months. I am looking forward to starting on the eGolf Tour and playing 72 hole events.

We will be leaving Orlando this Sunday and hitting the road to Myrtle Beach, SC where I will be living until October. Since I wont be playing any events in Florida for over two weeks and money is pretty tight, it is cheaper for me to be in Myrtle Beach and just drive down for my tournament on February 5-6.

GOLF SHIRTS
The golf shirt fundraiser has got off to a great start and I have sold over 20 shirts already! Once a few more shirts are sold I will have all of the expenses of buying/making shirts covered and all monies raised from then on will be contributed to my eGolf Tour expenses. This fundraiser is very important to me because I am in a bit of a financial crisis right now. I have already had to make numerous sacrifices such as moving to Myrtle Beach over a month earlier than expected and cutting back on number of tournaments I am playing to name a few. So please show your support by purchasing a golf shirt and help me relieve some stress!

The golf shirts are $60 each and if you buy more than one they are $50 each.  They are a dry-fit material and the shirts retail price is $58 at the IZOD store here in Florida, so they are very nice golf shirts.

To view the inventory of golf shirts click here!


Want to donate?
I recently had a few requests from people that were looking to donate money without buying golf shirts so I did some research and found out a way to do so through the blog.  There is an orange colored DONATE button on the top right of the blog, if you click on the button it will lead you to a page on PayPal that will allow you to securely donate money right into my bank account.  You can donate by using your credit card of even right from your bank account. All you have to do is create a PayPal account and make sure to hit update once you enter the amount you are going to donate.

For more information on PayPal click here!

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Golf Shirt Fundraiser

**GOLF SHIRTS READY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE! CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR ORDER

I would like to announce that I will be starting up a fundraiser to raise money for my expenses on the eGolf Tour this year. For the fundraiser I will be selling IZOD Cool FX golf shirts with the logo below on the chest. They are a very nice material and are dry-fit shirts. They will come in Mens and Womens sizes with a variety of styles and assorted colors. Sizes will range from Ladies XS to XL and mens sizes range from S to XXL. Cost of the golf shirts will be $60 for 1, or $100 for 2. The shirts are getting embroidered right now and should be ready for purchasing by February 1st. Once they are completed, I will have pictures on the blog under the 'Golf Shirts' tab of each different shirt, and sizes that are available for each different style. I designed this logo for the shirts because I have been overwhelmed with people who want to help me but are not in the financial situation to do so. So I wanted to create a way for people to help me in small doses and get something in return. These shirts will be a symbol of your support and will help me pay for gas, hotels, practice rounds, and a portion of entry fees on the eGolf Tour. The logo below will be embroidered on the shirts.


If you are interested in purchasing a golf shirt please contact me via email at affleckgolf@gmail.com or by phone 407-488-3064.  Once golf season kicks off I am hoping to have some shirts in some of the golf course proshops around Nova Scotia. Once again they will be available February 1st and I look forward to seeing all of my proud supporters sporting their new golf shirts on the course this summer! Thank you everyone for your continued support!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 off to a great start!

Happy New Year everyone!  I played in my first tournament today after a taking some time off over the holidays.  I played in a Florida Players Tour event at Harmony Golf Preserve and shot a 5 under par 67.  I finished second to Michael Tulacz who fired an 8 under par 64. My round today was my lowest round so far as a professional.  It feels great to get things going now and since my win on December 11th, I felt more comfortable and confident on the course today. I made some clutch up and downs for birdies and pars on the back nine to put myself into contention for the win.  I got off to a slow start on my round today after starting with a birdie on the second hole I made a double bogey on the 3rd hole, than a birdie at the 9th to finish the front nine at even par.  I played great on the back nine and shot a 5 under 31 which included three birdies and a hole out eagle on the par 4 15th hole from 117 yards.  I feel I am productively improving everyday, and with my confidence growing faster than the turkey dinners I ate over the holidays, I have a good feeling 2011 is going to be a great year!