Monday, September 06, 2010

Let's Catch Up

I apologize for the unintended three-week writing sabbatical. Life has been extraordinarily busy and work especially has been keeping me away.

So let's catch up a bit on golf.

My game has gone into the toilet over the past month and I'm having difficulty even breaking 80 these days. Every facet of my game is off and with the competitive season now over, I find myself lacking that killer instinct that allows me to grind out the bad days.

I lost in the quarterfinals of the inaugural Scratch Match Play Championship to Brad B. by the embarrassing score of 5&4, one of my worst match play defeats ever. Not much to say about that round of golf other than the best player deservedly came out on top. You just tip your cap and move on.

Last weekend, our club hosted the Canadian Tour Championship for the second consecutive year. It's the biggest event on the Canadian circuit and it also had the biggest purse in the Tour's illustrious history at $325,000, with $52,000 going to winner Aaron Goldberg.

The Californian has won over $150,000 on the circuit in 2010, a Tour record and will be exempt through to the second round of qualifying at PGA Tour school later this fall.

I understand that the event went off without a hitch once again and that the Tour would love to come back for a third consecutive year in 2011. There is a vocal minority at the club that would likely be against this happening but I won't be surprised in the least to see the pros come back again next year and personally, I love having an event of this stature at our club.

It's a nice feather in our cap, to be sure.

The club once again set up reciprocal arrangements with a number of top clubs in Ontario for our membership and I was fortunate enough to get the chance to play Beacon Hall in Aurora, the 8th ranked course in Canada according to ScoreGolf.

I made the trip with Jon P, Harris and Gary P and we all had a great time. The one thing that continues to resonate with me more than anything else was the fact that there are interlock brick cart paths throughout the entire golf course.

Now that's posh!

What did I think of the golf course, you ask? Well, it's quite strong but you'll have to check back later for a full review and pictorial, something you can likely expect in the next month or so.

The next day I played in the final event on the 2010 Niagara Men's Tour, held this year at LochNess Links in Welland.

I always have high expectations when playing at LochNess, one of my favourite local golf courses but my sputtering game failed me on this day, as I'd make a triple bogey and two doubles on my way to an eight over par 80. I'd end up finishing in 18th place in the overall point standings for 2010, quite the disappointing result when my goal was top five when I started the year.

My game was up and down this Labour Day weekend, the second last long weekend before putting my clubs away for good in 2010. I shot a pretty solid 75 (+3) on Saturday in very windy and cool conditions, winning $88.00 in skins and other games in the process but followed that up with a 79 on Sunday and a mediocre 80 today.

I have some business taking me to Mont Tremblant next weekend so I'll likely only get one round of golf in over the next two weeks. So I don't expect much improvement in my game before the year ends.

I'm still hoping to get out and play one more top 100 course in 2010 before putting the clubs away. I still have the chance to head out to the exclusive Redtail GC in St. Thomas for the first time and also may have an opportunity to play St. George's G&CC for the first time in 20 years but I can't imagine playing both...it will likely have to be one or the other.

I just hope I get the chance to play one of them!