Our annual Club Championship was contested this past weekend, which marked my first stroke play tournament since last year's Club Championship. The Club Championship is every club golfer's major. For me it is always circled on my calendar early in the season. If I could only play stellar for one week all season, I'd pick Club Championship week. The problem with being pumped up for an event is that golf is a sick and twisted game.
After I published my Goals for the 2017 Golf Season, I had several followers ask me to "reveal my hand" and expand on my mental game routine referenced in that post. I am not an expert in human psychology, but I do take a keen interest in it. Even in the most common social encounters I like to observe behaviours and body language (including my own) because I find it fascinating how our minds work and react. When it comes to golf I find it even more fascinating and I always take inventory of my thoughts in an effort to correlate them with performance. A few of my own observations:
The best weekend of the year for the working amateur golfer is now behind us -- the Club Championship. It had been 362 days since my last competitive stroke-play round at last year's Club Championship, so I was filled with both excitement and a few nerves to kick off the pinnacle event of the season ...
Match play might be my favourite form of golf. There is something exhilarating about going head-to-head against an opponent, where each hole feels like a match within the match, and momentum can change faster than a two year old's mood. As I mentioned in a previous post, I am teamed up with my instructor, Fred Teno, in the Riley's two man best-ball match play event, organized by the Calgary Golf Association. I'm happy to report that we have had some early success.
This past weekend was the annual Club Championship tournament at our home club. For anyone involved in a golf club, the Club Championship is usually the flagship event which players look forward to the most. They put on a great event at our club, and it's about much more than just the golf. There are some fun … Continue reading Club Championships 2015
As noted in my last Road to Scratch update, I participated in my home club's low-handicap match play tournament this past weekend. The format features the low 16 handicaps at the club that are available to play (ie - if someone is unavailable to play, they invite the 17th lowest, and so on), where the … Continue reading Low-Handicap Match Play 2015
I was really excited for my first ever club championship at the Calgary Golf and Country Club last weekend. On the surface it went rather poorly. I shot rounds of 83-87-84 in the 1st flight. My adjusted handicap scores were 83-83-81 so I obviously had a few too many bad holes. To boot, those scores … Continue reading Club Championships 2014
This past weekend was the Low Handicap Match Play tournament at the Calgary Golf and Country Club. The low 16 handicaps at the club get an invite to the event and I was pretty lucky to get in with a 4.9 index as a few players with lower handicaps were unable to play. I was … Continue reading CG&CC Low Handicap Match Play
One of my favorite forms of competitive golf is match play, whether it's a $2 Nassau on the side with my buddies or an organized event. The only thing that stands between you and the cash, or you and the next round is the opponent staring you in eye. It doesn't matter if someone is heating … Continue reading Match Play Madness!