Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Dusting off the Competitive Cobwebs in '19

After a brutally cold and snow-filled January, a recent warm spell has been very welcome here in the Niagara area, with temperatures the last two days up around 12 degrees Celsius, melting all of the white stuff and giving the impression that Spring may come early this year.

Somehow I doubt we'll be that lucky.

Still, my mind, as always, turns to golf when the temperatures start to rise in the winter months and I have some interesting news to share.

For the first time in seven years, I will be teeing it up in a provincial golf qualifier, joining my friend Bucky in an attempt to make it through to the 2019 Ontario Better Ball Championship.

Ryan and I last attempted to do this in 2012, falling a couple shots short in a qualifier held at Highland Country Club in London, Ontario. In the years before that, I tried at least a couple of times with my friend Harris and twice we came up one shot short of getting through to the championship.

This year, Ryan and I will be teeing it up at Eagles Nest Golf Club, a 2004 Doug Carrick design located just north of Toronto. I've played Eagles Nest twice in the past, most recently back in 2014 but this will be Ryan's first go-around there. It's a heathlands style course on the site of a former sand and gravel pit, with a dunescape that wouldn't look out of place in Ireland. It's a very strong golf course, one of the top 100 in Canada and it will be a popular qualifying spot and one I'm guessing will fill up quickly so it will be that much tougher to get through. We'll definitely need a number under par to get through and perhaps may need something in the 60's to qualify. That said, we're playing on April 30th and most of the competitors will likely be rusty coming out of the winter...weather could also be a factor in the scoring.

Needless to say, I'll provide another update as we approach the date of the qualifier.

My course profile on Turnberry's exquisite Ailsa course will be coming later this week.

Thanks for reading.



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