Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Laconia Citizen Article

Ryan O'Leary of the Laconia Citizen, published an article today titled, "Incredible Emotional Journey," about the series of events that occurred leading up to me winning a Canadian Tour card. See it here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Concord Monitor Article

New Hampshire's Concord Monitor ran a concise article about my successful bid at Canadian Tour Q-School. See it here.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pin High Golf Apparel

For the 2010 season, Pin High Golf Apparel and I have renewed our relationship. I will continue to wear their classic and extremely comfortable fits with simply brilliant and colorful designs, while competing on the Canadian Tour. Company President and CEO, Spencer Sebastian, has built a brand on a fast track to immense success: his company was voted "best emerging company of 2009" by Score Golf; Daniel Chopra of the PGA Tour and recent Nationwide Tour winner Robert Gates, don the Pin High clothing line; and Pin High is the official clothing partner of both the Canadian and Asian Tours. I am excited and proud to contribute to their continued success.

To see their full line, visit the Pin High Golf website.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Golf Swing

Filmed on the driving range at the TPC of Louisiana, this is the swing that gave my putter the chance to win a Canadian Tour card.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Canadian Tour Schdule

After qualifying for a Canadian Tour card last week, my first two events will come next month in Mexico, beginning with the Corona Mexican PGA Championship. The event is held in Mazitlan, Mexico and following that, I will travel to Puerto Vallarta for the Riviera Niyarit Classic.

Golf stars Steve Stricker, Mike Weir, Arron Oberholser and Will MacKenzie, have used the Canadian Tour as a launching platform to get to the PGA Tour. The Canadian Tour is managed and set-up similar to PGA and Nationwide Tour stops and provide players direct opportunities to play for spots in the Nationwide Wayne Gretzky Invitational and PGA Tour's Canadian Open. As a member of the International Federation of PGA Tours, the Canadian Tour receives world ranking points for every event, allowing players to achieve a world ranking and compete on other tours around the world.

This year has the potential to provide new opportunities and a greater competitive experience. I'm very excited to begin battling with very skilled players on great courses and get myself "in the hunt" to win a Canadian PGA Tour event.

Friday, March 12, 2010

2010 Canadian Tour Q-School

"It would make a great story," said Cindy Cote, Canadian PGA Tour official.

She handed me a rules sheet for the week and I nodded. "Yes it will," I said. I smiled and headed off to walk the front nine of the second qualifying course for the Canadian PGA Tour. The day's light was fading, but I was determined to use every last bit of it.

About 24 hours earlier I was in New Orleans and by chance, had received word that Canadian Tour Q-School had a player withdraw. The tournament was a day and a half away. Surely I couldn't make it to Tampa, play two practice rounds and be prepared for four grueling rounds of competition in one day!

Without a moment's hesitation, and with the support of my golf coach and family, I drove down I-10 with the Allman Brothers' "Jessica" blaring. 10 hours later, I slept at a rest stop in Florida and by late morning, arrived at Hernando Oaks GC in Brooksville, FL. I was to play a practice round at Hernando Oaks and walk a few holes on Southern Hills Plantation CC, the second tournament site.

The impulsive decision to capitalize on this opportunity led to status on the Canadian PGA Tour for the 2010 season. After days of miserable weather and numerous delays, the event was shortened to a 36 hole competition. I posted rounds of 74-69 for -1, 11th place finish. The top 16 finishers were awarded the opportunity to compete on the Canadian tour this year.

Sometimes in life, but almost always in golf, acting on your first instinct pays off. These bets always make a great story.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Kuala Lumpur Swing Video

I've discovered footage of my trip to asia never before seen on the blog. I will continue posting the videos here in the coming days. This was my corner of the range at Bukit Jalal CC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This crab grass patch of rough was where I called home for a few very humid weeks, at the end of 2007.