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!