Friday, February 27, 2009

Victory at Last

On Thursday afternoon, I ended a 14 month win-less drought on the mini-tour circut! I opened up a three stroke lead with a 66 on Wednesday in a two day, Minor League Golf Tour event. The tournament was held at The Fountains CC in Lake Worth, FL just south of West Palm Beach. It was a small, but strong contingency of players ranging from Nationwide Tour members to mini-tour players.

With my close friends, the Morgans watching, I made an exciting eagle on the 570 yard par 5 12th to move to -6 for the day and closed the round in 66.

When the final round commenced, I birdied the opening hole to extend my lead, but played scramblin' man golf for the remainder of the front nine. I made four putts from holes 2-9 to save par from over 10 feet and to remain in front.

I rolled in a 35 footer for eagle on the 11th to widen the gap and create breathing room that was desperately needed. After hitting a 6 iron into a hazard and carding a double on 16, my lead was cut to one stroke with two holes remaining.

I narrowly missed a birdie on 17. I then hit a perfect 6 iron from 183 on the 470 yard, hazard-ridden, par 4 18th, to 20 feet, to put the final nail in the coffin. I closed in 72 for a final total of 138 and a two stroke victory!

My last two events, I have finished 2nd and 1st and am on the verge of playing the best golf of my career. After a year of inconsistency, my game's growth and my improvement is exciting.

To see pictures from the event and see final results, please visit:

It is great to finally say, "I'm baaaack!"

Monday, February 16, 2009

Minor League Golf

I had my best tournament finish of 2009 on the Minor League Golf Tour today as I shot -5, 67 for a t-2 finish, beating multiple Nationwide Tour players. I am consistently shooting well under par again. Last week I posted -8 on John's Island West course; the course record by three shots on a course many tour players have visited. I played with the pro there, a Bristol, NH native and friend I grew up playing with at Laconia CC, Patrick Berry. He has been instrumental in creating the amazing opportunity for me to practice at John's Island and loaned me a driver that is keeping me in the fairway. I attribute my recent improvement to his generosity.

I am scheduled to play Thursday and Friday competitively. Check back for continued success as I take these low scores to the bigger professional forums of the world. 2009 is off to a great start!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Recent Activity

This week I began a new job at John's Island West Course, a highly exclusive club in Vero Beach with the best practice facility I've seen. This job gives me enough time to continue to compete weekly and an environment conducive to improving daily. I played a round at John's Island with the head pro and the former captain of the ND women's team last Monday and posted a course record 64 (-8). My game continues to improve and I will spend this month preparing for the Canadian Tour, which begins in March. Stay updated this month as I will be playing the Minor League and Moonlight Tour's, two FLA mini-tours that host 1 and 2 day pro events. My belief is every day, regardless of location and circumstance, is a chance to move closer towards winning on the BIG Tour. I plan on being in that position imminently and enjoying the coming journey that leads me there. Thanks for the support! ~Mark