You likely thought that “early season glory” would involve a new personal best or something miraculous. Well, it does involve something miraculous — it is only mid-April in Calgary, it feels like summer, and I already have 4 rounds under my belt. That may be a record for this time of year, as it wouldn’t be abnormal to still have temperatures hovering around freezing.
This past weekend, Beth and I played rounds on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday was the only day too cool for shorts.
We have been granted an extra month of golf season, and I felt very fortunate just to be out there, spending time with Beth in the warm April sunshine. To boot, the course is already in awesome shape and the greens are rolling pure.
I am pretty happy with my game considering the season just started. I’ve shot rounds of 78-83-79-78, and those all felt like the highest scores I could have shot on that given day, which isn’t an unusual feeling at the start of the season. Scoring is an art, and it takes some time to relearn it after a long layoff, even when it feels like you’re hitting it well.
The way I’ve hit the ball so far has been very encouraging. I am working on a couple of small changes with my instructor, Fred Teno, and they have already showed promising signs on the course from my wedges through to my driver.
I’m happy to report that our off-season fitness routine and the work I’ve done with DM Golf Performance is paying dividends. I carried my bag all four rounds thus far and continued to feel strong throughout each round. There haven’t been any signs of the sciatica pain I had experienced late last season, which is the biggest victory so far. Although summer is going to be busy for us, it will be important to maintain our fitness routine. In golf, as with life, maintaining our health should be top priority to allow us to enjoy the things we love.
The first notable event on the horizon is the season long Riley’s best ball match play — a city-wide two man best-ball match play event played straight up (no handicap strokes) throughout the course of the season. It will be my first time playing in this event and I am teaming up with my instructor, Fred. The draw to determine match ups takes place on April 25th, and our first match will need to be completed by May 9th. We will be guaranteed two matches (if you win in round 1 you stay on the championship side, if you lose in round 1 you go to the consolation side, then it is single elimination starting in round 2). Can’t wait to get those competitive juices flowing!
Until then, I will keep plugging away at improving my game and working on keeping the body healthy to allow me to relentlessly pursue my season goals. Here’s to hoping all of you are enjoying an early start to your golf seasons as well!