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Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays as much as myself and my family have!

I have some exciting news about my golf career that I would like to share with everyone. I will give a full update within the next week but here is a brief explanation of my golf plans for 2013.

I am attending PGA Tour Canada qualifying school in April (formally the Canadian Tour). I will be heading to Florida at the first of February to practice and play events to prepare for q-school. I plan to play the PGA Tour Canada this summer and attend Web.com or European Tour q-school in the fall. Check back next week for further details including a tentative schedule and plan of attack for 2013.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Charlotte, Ella, Abbie, and myself!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New look for website

I am updating my website to give it a new look and adding some new things as well. The new domain name is now www.brianaffleck.com. The previous blog address of affleckbuzz.blogspot.com will redirect to brianaffleck.com.

Hopefully everyone likes the new look.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Parrsboro Open Recap

For the third time my my last 4 events I held the lead heading into the final round and finished in second place. It just so happened to be the same guy that edged me at Amherst last month, Kevin Dugas. I opened the Parrsboro open with a tournament low 62 (-4) that include 9 birdies and two balls out of bounds on the front nine. I help a 3 shot lead in the pro division over Dugas and Todd Bishop heading into the final round. On Sunday the Parrsboro Golf Club showed it's teeth as winds blew up to 50km at times. It was fair to say I lost the battle between the course and myself on Sunday as I struggled to convert putts and shot 73 to finish runner-up for the second straight year to Dugas. Kevin Shot rounds of 65-67 and was the only player to break 70 in the tough conditions on Sunday. I earned $700 for second place but it sure would have been nice to collect the winning $1200 check.

For anyone looking for a fun weekend on a fun, quirky golf course with a million dollar view, I recommend playing this tournament!

This marks the end of my season for tournaments but I plan to continue to work on my game and hope my big break comes along and I will be able to play full time again.

Thanks again for every ones continued support!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Amherst Open Results

After playing the Amherst Open this week I can add another runner-up finish to Kevin Dugas to my resume. I shot rounds of 69-74 (+1) and lost to Dugas' 72-68 (-2). I played well both rounds but had a few unfortunate bounces that cost me too many strokes.

In round one I got off to a bad start with a double bogey on #10 followed by a 3-putt bogey on 13. But then I went on a birdie run and birdied five of the next seven holes to get it to 2 under. I made another bogey and another birdie coming in to finish with a two under 69 and a two shot lead heading into the final round.

In the final round I played well for most of the round but put myself on the wrong side on the hole to make any birdies. I birdied 1 and 6, and made bogies on 3, 5, 10, 11 and 15 to finish the day three over. On the back nine I had a few bad bounces that caused some bogies and every time I gave myself a look at birdie it was a downhill putt I couldn't be aggressive with them due to the very fast greens.

I am disappointed I did not come out with a win this week but I still have one event left to get my first win of the year. My next event is the Parsboro Open on September 15-16 which I finished 2nd in last year to Mr. Dugas.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Island Open Results

Over the weekend I played in the Island Open at Belvedere Golf Club in Charlottetown, PEI.
My weekend got off to a great start as I shot 64 (-8) during the pro-am on Friday. I played a great round of golf and had it to 9 under par with 4 holes to play and managed to par a short par-5 and bogey a par-3 coming in and missed the course record by one shot. I won the pro-am and won a rang on the day so my weekend expenses were covered before the tournament even started.

The official tournament was Saturday and Sunday and I didn't bring my 'A' game like I did Friday. I shot rounds of 73-74 (+3) and finished 6th in the pro division. I was not happy with my performance around the greens on the weekend and I probably putted the worst I have all year. It's tough to win golf tournaments when you don't get it done around the greens.

My next tournament in the Amherst Open August 23-24.

Lawtons Pro-am

I played in the Lawtons Pro-am on August 8th at Glen Arbour Golf Course and it was hands down the best pro-am event I have ever played in. Well done Lawtons!

The field consisted of 36 teams that included four amateurs and one pro per team. It was a scramble format which allowed teams to use the pro's drive, but if you did, the pro had to step aside and was not allowed to play the next shot. I was fortunate to play on a very good team with a group of great guys and we shot 17 under par and finished 2nd place.

I look forward to returning to this event next year!

Lobster Carnival Results

On July 21-22 I played in the Summerside Lobster Carnival Tournament in Summerside, PEI.
I had a good tournament but was unable to capture the victory as I was edged by Nova Scotia Amateur Champion and fellow Touring Professional Jeff Bishop.

I shot rounds of 71-71 (-2) and lost by one shot to Jeff. I played well over the two days but wasn't able to convert the birdies I needed on the back nine to get the job done.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Canadian Open Regional Qualifying

I am in l'epiphanie, Quebec for the next couple days preparing for the RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier on Tuesday. I will need to finish in the top 15% of the field to advance to the Monday qualifier on July 23 in Ontario. The top 4 from the Monday qualifier advance to the Canadian Open. 

I have been playing some good golf this past week and I am looking forward to peaking on Tuesday and qualify for the Monday qualifier. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Maine Open Results


I recently returned home from the 2012 Charlie’s Maine Open in Augusta, Maine. This was my first time playing the event and I look forward to going back in the years to come. The course proved to be a great challenge and not very often you get to play courses with “US Open like conditions” (long rough and fast greens). I did not have a good tournament but I didn't have high expectations as this was my first tournament in almost 10 months and I haven't played much golf in the past month. Below are some brief details from each round. 

Round 1: 75 (+5)

I played very well for 16 holes but my round was derailed by back-to-back triple bogeys at number 9 and 10 (took a few to many shots to get on the green and a few to many putts). I got off to a great start and I was 2 under par through the first 8 holes which I was very happy with after a long layoff. I finished the round with my head up and looking to play all 18 holes in round 2.

Round 2: 78: (+8)

I got off to a good start in the second round again and was 1 under through 5 holes and then stumbled and fell into a large crater. I played the next 5 holes 8 over par. I missed a couple fairways and greens and put myself on the wrong side of the hole, which made it very tough to save pars. I managed to get things back on track but just couldn’t catch a break and make any putts. I was very pleased with my ball striking through both rounds but I was a bit to rusty around the greens and it cost me several shots over the 36 hole tournament. My lovely wife keeps reminding me to focus on the positives and I have quite a bit to build on for my next event.

What’s Next:
My next tournament is the RBC Canadian Open Pre-Qualifier at Club de golf de l'Epiphanie in l'Epiphanie, Quebec on July 3. The winner of the pre-qualifier will get an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open and the top 15% of the field will advance to the Monday qualifier on July 23. The top 4 from the Monday qualifier will advance to the Canadian Open.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spring update

What are your plans for this year? Did you go south this winter?

These are two of the most common questions I have been answering lately. So to help get everyone else up to speed I figured it's time to update the blog.

I did not make it down south this winter. I was unable to get together enough funds to comfortably go down and play the mini tours and participate in Canadian Tour q-school.

In February, I started back working for Velsoft and managing their Google pay-per-click advertising, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and Social Media sides of the marketing department. I worked with Velsoft for a year before heading south in 2010 and I am very happy to be back on board with them. Velsoft provides customizable, innovative training solutions for professionals worldwide. We offer instructor-led training materials and online learning solutions.

My golf plans for this year include 5-6 events in Atlantic Canada, Maine, Quebec, and Ontario. You can see my schedule here. I am very much still following my dream. I have yet to reach my potential and I plan to have enough financial backing in place to spend 3-5 years playing professional golf full time to reach my goal of playing on the PGA Tour. I also plan on attending the regional World long Drive Qualifier in Moncton this Summer.

I have been playing quite a bit of golf so far this year and feel my game is coming around. I have been scoring well the past couple weeks but still feel I have lots of winter kinks to work out.

I am going to get back into the swing of things with the blog to keep everyone updated and will have some weekly tips to help improve your game.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support!

Brian

Friday, January 27, 2012

'Not giving up'

Click the link below to view an article in today's paper about my plans this Spring.

'Not giving up'
- by: Adam Macinnis

I was hoping to be in Florida by now preparing for Canadian Tour qualifying school but I have not received the financial support necessary. I am NOT looking for one individual financial contributor, if you donate $100 and send an email or call 9 of your friends to do the same, it will not take long to raise enough money to cover my expenses. Last year I had a gentleman email about 30 of his friends and asked them to donate $100 each. He raised $2400 from that email. Without financial support it makes it impossible for me to follow my dream of playing on the PGA Tour. If you believe in me, please help make this dream a possibility and be part of something special. I will never forget who helped me get started and the favor will be returned one day.

If you or someone you know is interested in supporting me, please contact me by phone 902-695-2943, or by email at affleckba@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and ate as much delicious food as I did.

It's just about time to head south of the border. I will be heading to Orlando, Florida near the end of this month to start preparing for Canadian Tour Qualifying School near the end of March. I have accommodations lined up with a few friends I met playing in Florida last Winter so I am excited to get down there to begin practicing and playing again. I am still trying to get enough financial backing together to make this possible. Playing the Canadian Tour this summer will allow me the opportunity to gain world ranking points and begin my pursuit of the 2016 Olympics.

I will try to give an update every week to let everyone know how things are going.
Thank you for your continued support and all the best in 2012!

Brian