This month I celebrate my two year golf anniversary. As per last year, I celebrated by entering the Club Championship.
Why ever not? Golf is always fun and while some of the female members think I am crazy considering I am a new golfer, I don’t care if I shoot a 120.
I am there for the fun – and fun it was.
Day one and there happened to be a car show at the facility next door so when we teed off at 8am it wasn’t long before they started pumping music. Old school tunes that had me dancing down the fairway. Who doesn’t like Johnny Cash???
I was absolutely delighted to shoot my best round ever with a 90 on the first day. I couldn’t believe it.
I will definitely achieve my goal of shooting sub 90 this summer.
The next day I shot 16 shots worse with a 106 as I accumulated four snowmen. Not conducive to shooting sub 90.
I was 16 strokes better than my combined score of last year and after all said and done my nett score was 144, so I shot par.
I was chuffed.
I ended up with a podium finish coming 3rd nett and won myself a voucher in the pro shop.
What a way to celebrate my two year golf anniversary!
The last month has been very busy and chock full of golf.
All things golf.
I am working at Brudenell River Golf Course in Club 19 and love that I get to have constant golf chats while I work.
Around that job I have been consumed with setting up the NFP I founded www.fairways.golf. Along with my cofounder Jeremy @connectgolf we have been busy creating the foundations of Fairways and I do believe it is going to be very successful (not just because I am CEO).
We have sponsored eight juniors on Prince Edward Island and along with their membership and lesson packages for the summer, we have also arranged winter lessons on simulators with a golf pro.
We have been in contact with a Danny Mamik a director/producer in India after Matty @Md_18underpar made us aware of this YouTube video and as I was going to India in September we are investigating the best way to arrange lessons for these kids and help develop their golf.
While there is a lot of work setting up the NFP, I am loving every minute of it however I have spent the last week saying out loud “I must get more sleep”.
When your business associate sets up account passwords referring to my lack of sleep, I know I need to sort that out. I have also been frightened into sleeping more after nodding off (just briefly) at the wheel a few times last week.
I am pleased to note that I had seven hours sleep last night which is the most I have had in one stretch in quite a while.
I have been playing as much golf as my schedule will allow and I work on Fairways after the sun goes down so I can golf on my days off from Club 19. I am also ensuring I get to the gym three days a week as that is imperative to my mental health.
My golf is coming along nicely and I have had another lesson with Dave Bowlan and am hitting the ball well. While I still have a tendency to drop kick my 3W I have also hit it 185 yards so I can’t complain.
After shooting a 93 and a couple of 96’s I was hoping my handicap would come down but I didn’t quite have enough scores low enough to reduce my 26 handicap prior to the Club Championship.
My 90 in the club championship and a couple of other mid 90 scores since should work in my favour.
My scores have now been processed in Golf Canada and my handicap is now 24.7.
Woo hoo – not bad for two years in.
We managed a very reasonable 83 before the sun beat us and we raised just over $500 for junior golf.
It was an awesome day and I look forward to doing it again next year.
I had a mate from New Brunswick, Tim McRae, visit and he thought me mental when I suggested we play 45 holes in one day. I settled for 36. We played Dundarave, Brudenell then headed to the Chowder House for some of the best food on PEI.
After watching the sunset we returned to my place where I am happy to say I smashed him in scrabble (thanks to my eldest sister for the tuition when I was a child).
Canada Day saw amazing weather and as I had a day off I decided to catch up with some cousins and hit the beach then have a bbq.
I miss that weather. It has been cold and rainy since then and I am hoping summer has not passed us by already.
I skyped my sister on the Gold Coast yesterday and they have better weather there in winter than we currently have here in summer. She was sitting beachside watching whales while I was wrapped in many blankets in bed.
On the 1st August, I am playing in a four ball scramble fundraising event for Fairways at Avondale Golf Course and I have been busy getting some great prizes together.
My next two weeks are going to be fantastically filled with fairways.
On Wednesday I am playing in a four ball scramble from the tips in the Duel of Dundarave and today I have made banana oatmeal slice, baba ganoush and coconut delights so I can feed my team on the day.
We may not win but we will have the best snacks.
I played in it last year, however my Summer Solstice buddy, Ron, took one of my team mates and with another one away I had to get a new team together but I am sure we will have a great day of golf.
On Sunday I am flying to Ontario and will be spending the week at the RBC Canadian Open with media accreditation, so I will be sitting in on press conferences, interviewing golfers, watching amazing golf and having hundreds of golf chats.
I would have been happy to play at Mike’s home track however I read about the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto and Ada Mackenzie in Golf Canada magazine a few months back and I love her story and would like to find out more about her, so I am off to the club she built.
Today, I have had a very productive day. This morning I skyped with my sister Shannon (scrabble teacher), got to the gym, completed the accounts for Fairways, made snacks for golf, cooked a spicy thai coconut pumpkin soup and managed to write a blog.