Spring for me always brings a fresh start. I'm sure that goes for a bunch of people, but this season and year seem different. My family is the centre of my attention, and I spent this off season making sure my home life was getting back on track. There is no bigger distraction in a professional golfer's life, then an uneasy home. In the past, I spent my winters focusing on fitness and nutrition. But this winter was spent working and making sure my family was back on solid ground. I having a burning desire to become a great role model for my children, and feel golf can be a great platform for that. I have a wonderful opportunity to do things that may influence a life. Not to many people are in that position. I get excited when I think of the season and preparing for the first events. My children are my inspiration and nothing makes me more motivated then them. So for me, this season will be one where I focus on having fun and being the best dad I can be.
Well in the grand world of Indoor Golf when the weather in March is 23 Celsius and sunny, we don't get very busy. Today I got to work early, went through a 20 minute work out, then answered three straight "I'm playing outside today, so we won't be there" phone calls. In short, I spent my morning updating Facebook pages and websites. In the afternoon, I was enticed to play nine holes at The Teeth of the Dog. I've been hitting my driver especially good lately, and after a winter of hitting into a simulator, I found myself outside on Saturday playing my first round. I hit 11/13 fairways on the New Course at Hidden Lake. So something's happened over the winter on these machines that's made me way more consistent off the tee. Will have to keep notice of this progress. Anyway, today I hit every drive solid and hit all but one fairway. I scored 33 on the tough back nine at Casa de Campo's Teeth of the Dog. During this round, I was keeping an eye on Tavistock Cup. My dream would be to play in an event where fans are literally, walking down the fairway snapping photos, audi's are lined up on every hole, and good looking girls are waiting with refreshments on every tee. But instead I was playing golf indoors on a summer like March afternoon. Again, nothing happened today and I promise life this season will become exciting as tournament time approaches.
Starting something new is always a tough task. I'm not one to write long winded novels and most of my posts will be short and sweet. They will give everyone an insight into what goes on with a 32 year old golf pro who still has some game and is setting his sights on moving up the PGA of Canada rankings. I had an interesting year in 2011 which started with me traveling across Canada with the Golf Town National Amateur Series and ended with me welcoming twin boys into the world. I had a fun time in my travels, but as the year progressed I found myself worrying more and more about my wife. In July, when my wife was only 25 weeks pregnant I almost had to withdraw from the PGA of Ontario Championship...
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