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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!