Wednesday, May 07, 2008

2008 Ontario Better Ball Qualifier

Last Monday (April 29th), Harry and I made the one hour plus drive to Brantford to tee it up in the Ontario Better Ball qualifier being held at historic Brantford G&CC, the 29th rated course in Canada by ScoreGolf Magazine.

We could have slummed it and played in the local qualifier at Bridgewater but Harry and I are ballerz so I decided to pick the swankiest course available.

The weather was horrible. Pretty torrential rains and temperatures hovering around 5 degrees made for difficult driving conditions and even worse playing conditions. Harry was hoping for a postponement but that just doesn't happen with provincial events. Making things worse? We had the first starting time of the day at 7:30am and even with the Golf Association of Ontario officials being late setting up their registration table, we still were called to the tee at 7:30 on the dot.

No practice balls and only a few quick practice putts and we were off. I nailed my first drive down the middle while Harry went right of the fairway. He would end up making a solid up and down for par to get us off and running.

Unfortunately, neither of us could make putts when it counted for birdies and we continually put pressure on each other just to make par saves, not the recipe for success in a two-ball competition like this.

The rain didn't stop falling until about our 16th hole and sorry to say, the birdies didn't start falling at all. We made ZERO COMBINED.

Friends, that's just not going to get you into the main tournament!

We stumbled to a 77 (+5) on the day and finished T19th out of the 38 groups that signed up for Brantford - right in the middle of the pack. Neither of us played particularly well. I shot an 80 on my own ball and Harry was something like 82.

I'll tell you something though. That golf course is pretty special. It was truly a treat to play there and I only wish the weather was a bit nicer so we could enjoy it more.

Still, a fun experience and we'd have to wait a week to get a chance to redeem ourselves at a provincial qualifier, this time on our own trying out for the Ontario Mid-Amateur Championship at the Club at Bond Head qualifier.

That event took place yesterday and deserves its own thread...

1 comment:

  1. For sure one positive we can take out of the day was we improved from last year only missing the cut by 3 instead of 4.

    Plus what did you expect. We went from 80 degrees and sunny skies to probably the worst day possible for playing golf.

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