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 ->

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!