Lethbridge, Alberta Canada
By way of update, I was in Lethbridge, Alberta this week for the fourth event of PGA Tour Canada. I played some good golf for three days and I was 12 under (66, 66, 69) going into the final round today. I was five behind second place this morning thinking a low round and a little help from the leader might get me to the top of the leaderboard and, in any event, a solid one would generate a nice finish. I had a bad day at the office, though. Nothing felt good, and my two-over 72 pushed me in the wrong direction – down the list.
Golf has ups and downs and days like today are the reason us professionals need a short memory. And after my normal post-round analysis to identify areas where my game needs adjustment, I intend to forget it quickly. I’ve played and competed well over the past few weeks but for some reason today’s round didn’t develop.
I had a great caddy this week from Vancouver. This is the third time he’s been with me. He was on my bag when I played well at Q School and during the second event. He’s a wonderful, young kid who’ll head to college in the States next month to play golf. Hopefully, he’s learned some good things from this experience.
I’ve been on the road for four weeks, which is kind of my maximum, and fortunately this week the Tour is off with no tournament. So, tomorrow I’ll head to Bluffton, SC to rest a little and midweek I’ll get in touch with my coach and start working on my game. Next Sunday I’ll fly to Detroit for the upcoming event, which is in Windsor, Ontario just across the lake from the Airport.
Enjoy the week and all the best, Brinson
This week I competed in Kelowna, BC (a four-hour drive east of Vancouver). I played well shooting 13 under par and finishing tied 11th with rounds of 65, 68, 70, 66. My execution on Thursday and Friday was very good, but I had an unexpected rough start on Saturday going three over thru eight. That stretch probably prevented me from winning, but I felt good about my recovery on Saturday as I had three birdies on the final ten holes. Overall, this week I made 20 birdies and an eagle. My game feels good and I’m continuing to gain confidence.
I had a chance to win at the beginning of today’s round as I was only three shots behind second place in 12th position. I played the front nine in four under and I felt good going into the back side but a couple of birdies were offset by a couple of bogeys.
From my standpoint, the field played good golf today. I was tied 12th going into the round and I shot a very good four under par score on a tough course but I moved up only one place (to 11th). I guess some days the field just plays better than others, and apparently my competitors were up to the task today. There are good players out here.
The next (fourth) event is in Lethbridge, Alberta. I have a reservation tomorrow morning to fly over to Calgary (Lethbridge is then a two-hour drive). The Tour takes off the following week so I’m thinking I should compete this week although I am getting tired.
I’m enjoying Canada and I feel like my game is in good shape. Thanks for keeping up with me! All the best, Brinson
Vancouver and Victoria Events
I didn’t have my best stuff last week in Vancouver and I missed the cut by two shots. Afterward, my coach and I made some good adjustments and yesterday I finished the second event in Victoria tied 9th with a ten under 68, 69, 65, 68. I played well all week and I was in contention near the end but too many putts rolled over edges of holes without going in.
It felt great being in the mix. I was one under yesterday at the nine-hole turn and I picked up a bogey on 12 but I chipped in for par on the next hole and got my adrenaline going. I birdied three of the final five holes but a bogey prevented me from finishing in the top five. My technique has improved a lot and it held up well this week, and I feel like I can keep getting better. I’m looking forward to the coming events. Later today I’m off to Kelowna, BC for the third tournament (a seven-hour ferry/drive from Victoria).
It was unseasonable cool this week with temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s and lots of cold rain on Friday. I’m thrilled, though, being in Canada. It’s an incredibly beautiful country with convenient amenities (restaurants, hotels and transportation) and people are very nice. I played the pro-am this week and it was enjoyable connecting with amateurs again and getting back in that routine.
I had lots of support in the gallery this week from Bob and Pam Burke who live in Virginia Beach, Jeff and Bonnie Clark from Seattle, Hank Telfian from Berkeley, California and my Pops flew up for a couple of days after a business trip in California. Last week, Ray Hamilton (from Monterrey, California) was with me over in Vancouver. It was great having all of them!