It is Like Pulling Teeth on The Golf Course

There are times when I hit the course and find myself less than grateful. I am all psyched to be there, then suddenly our smooth comfortable pace comes to a screaming halt. We are behind a group who seems to not be aware of their surroundings and ignores that we are waiting on every shot. I feel like I am in a dentist chair! This situation happens often on my course because we are fast players and many are not. But, this is not the whole story!

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Second Leg of My Match Play Event Complete

I am in a Gross Match Play event at my local golf course – Osprey Links. It is the first time I signed up for such an event in many years and I just finished the second round of this tournament on Friday past. I played against Dave Vezina and I have to say that our round was very pleasurable and we had some great conversation. Before I go any further, I have to apologize to Dave, the one picture we took did not work….thanks Blair for all the help! ūüėČ I closed Dave out on the 13th hole, but in all fairness, the match was closer than the score.¬† Continue reading

Golfing With Ben Hogan’s Grandfather

While playing my first men’s night yesterday, my friend Blair and I teamed with Stewart Hogan. The format for the fun event was a 3-4 man scramble with a shotgun start. Blair and I showed up early at the course as twosome as one of our friends dropped out at the last-minute. But, as with all fun events, the coordinator at Osprey Links Golf Course¬†leveled the teams and sent “Hogie”¬†(who was a single)¬†out with us.

The purpose of men’s night is to meet the different members of our course and to have a fun competition. Generally, most nights the same groups play with each other, however, Blair and I are always looking for new players to play a round with because golf is a contact sport. On a side note, Wayne Halm’s golf blog – Golfing on Kauai – exemplifies this aspect of golf. This is how we met Hoggie. Continue reading

Life Transitions and Golf – Part 2

As most of you have figured, I have moved for my job.  I am looking for the new chapter in my life.  We are still working through the many wonderful aspects of moving, however after so many moves we are more relaxed and grateful for the positive things of our new life transition.  One of the positive changes for me is the opportunity to play new golf courses.

My new home course is Roundel Glen golf course at Trenton, ON.  It is a shooters course where length does not play as an important role as my previous course; Osprey Links Golf Course at Callander, ON. (Sorry no links, I still restricted on my access to IT.

I have played my new course twice. ¬†Yesterday and today. ¬†Yesterday was interesting because everything was new….tight fairways, postage stamp greens and new undulations on the greens. ¬†Not to be fooled by the new surrounds, I went back to the basics by focusing on course management, playing safe, and not being too aggressive. ¬†My tentativeness resulted in an 80 with three doubles! ¬†Not really too bad, but not the start I was hoping for; that is for sure.

Today was a different story.  I played a more aggressive game and focused on my GIR stat.  Well it paid off.  I went thee over for the front, two under for the back, for a smooth 73.  The biggest difference between yesterday and today was: I trusted my swing and had the confidence to play my game.  Thanks to Brian, Pete, Rick, and Vet for reminding me the importance staying focused and to forge ahead with my plan of improving my GIR stat.

So, here I go with renewed gusto for my favorite game.  I have reconnected with some old friends and look forward to more time on the course.  I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!