Sunday, June 24, 2007

Rained Out at St. Thomas; Niagara Cup Matches Commence


We had a very disappointing start to our day off on Tuesday, as Toast, Harry and Adam R. all made the trip to Union, Ontario to play highly-regarded St. Thomas G&CC.

We hit some balls and grabbed lunch in preparation for our 1:39pm tee time but the clouds rolled in, bringing thunder and lightning and just before we were to hit the tee, the rain came down in sheets.

It finally subsided around 3:00pm and the sun broke out as we awaited word from the pro and superintendent.

"The course is closed for the day boys. Too much water. We are really sorry."

Yeah. Wonderful.

So no St. Thomas after a two and a half hour drive. We weren't about to give up and called a few local courses, including Forest City National in London, but most were booked.

We ended up settling with FireRock GC, a recent Thomas McBroom design in Komoka just west of London.

It was a nice choice for only $60.00 and was a pretty difficult track, especially the long par three 3rd hole that plays between two huge dunes and into a gale-force wind (shown above). We all hit rescues or 3-woods into the green and our aggregate score was not pretty!

Overall, I shot an 82 out there with a triple bogey on the 2nd hole (after opening with a birdie on #1) and was low man in our group. Crazy.

The Niagara Cup begins today at Peninsula Lakes, with American club Lancaster G&CC being the third team in our regional. I'll be teaming up with young Dave F, a former club champ at St. Catharines for the first team better ball match.

I'm not scoring particularly well right now but my swing feels fine and I'm looking forward to the challenge today.

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