A full-on off-season!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Many of you were greeted with a surprise when you checked out my fall schedule, and found it blank! You're not alone! I chose not to compete in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament this fall, and haven't played competitively since the Canadian Tour Championship during the last week of August. But don't let that fool you into thinking I've been taking it easy, it's been quite the opposite!
Since the middle of September I've been training full-time with the University of Michigan's Strength & Conditioning staff in Ann Arbor. I was presented with this incredible opportunity during a visit to Ann Arbor earlier this summer when I met Michigan's Director of Strength & Conditioning, Mike Barwis. In just two months, Coach Barwis and his staff have helped me achieve in the weight room what I once thought was impossible. I am so excited about the changes that are occurring in both body and mind as a result of this experience, and we're not done! We plan to wrap up this 12-week program around Christmas when I will transition to Florida and focus on final preparations for the 2011 season which I expect to start in mid-January.
In addition to spending time in the gym, I've been able to work with my college roommate, John Burnside, on a new venture we launched earlier this year called iFlightPlanner.com. After earning my private pilot certificate in 2008, I became frustrated with the flight planning process and the number of websites that I needed to visit to ensure that I properly planned a flight. iFlightPlanner reaches out to those different data sources and combines them into one, easy-to-use site that makes a once tedious process infinitely more efficient.
It's been a lot of fun to see such great progress on so many fronts, and I could not be more excited about all that is to come this next year. I am so thankful for the many people and opportunities that I've been blessed with, especially those of you who have supported me along the way!
Wishing you a great Thanksgiving this week, and a happy and safe Christmas season!
Full Swing of Summer!
Thursday, July 08, 2010
I hope you all had a great Independence Day weekend and a fireworks filled celebration! I spent mine in Edmonton, AB for the ATB Financial Classic presented by TELUS. Unfortunately I missed the cut thanks to the disappearing act my putting stroke pulled on Thursday. I bounced back on Friday to shot 70 (-1) and get some momentum back heading into this week's event in Saskatoon, SK.
I am right in the middle of a solid stretch of Canadian Tour events that, after the Saskatchewan Open, will take me to Winnipeg for our Players Cup Championship, an anticipated start in the RBC Canadian Open, and followed up by the Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions at the Boyne Mountain Resort & Spa.
Plans are also in the works for a trip to Oshkosh, WI for the 2010 EAA AirVenture to round out July. As many of you know, my long time friend John Burnside and I have launched a new and innovative flight planning tool for general aviation pilots called iFlightPlanner.com! We are extremely proud of it, and are heading to AirVenture to show it off to the 500,000 aviation enthusiasts who attend each year!
Wishing you all a safe and fun-filled summer! I sincerely appreciate all the support and look forward to catching up with many of you down the road!
All the best,
Sunday, May 23, 2010
We have a busy summer ahead, and it will all start tomorrow with the International Final Qualifier (IFQ) for the (British) Open Championship in Dallas, TX. There will be 78 of us competing for eight spots directly into the Championship to be held at St. Andrews Golf Links in Scotland.
Next week I'll be in Victoria, British Colombia for the Times-Colonist Open. In between I'll spend a few days with Charley Vandenberg, my long-time coach getting ready for the summer swing.
It will surely be an exciting summer and I will be updating my schedule and results as the season progresses. Hopefully I'll see some of you along the way!
Thanks for all of your support!
PGA Tour Spring!
Monday, March 08, 2010
I know it's been a while since I've last written, but it's safe to say I've been quite busy!
After putting the clubs away last fall after a strong, but disappointing run through Q-School, I started to get back into the swing of things in mid-January playing some mini-tour events around Orlando. Once my game was back in shape I submitted my entries for three PGA Tour qualifiers. I entered the Monday qualifiers for the Honda Classic, Puerto Rico Open, and Transitions Championship in Tampa.
I am happy to report that we are two for two in getting starts on the 2010 PGA Tour. Last week in Palm Beach Gardens I tee'd it up with one of the best fields of the year at the PGA National Resort & Spa. And although I didn't play as well as I did during the Monday qualifier, I closed my round on Friday with three of the best swings of the week to birdie the par-5 18th.
From the Honda Classic I hopped on a plane to San Juan, Puerto Rico where today I fired a 3-under par 69 to earn one of the four remaining spots in the 2010 Puerto Rico Open. It was here in 2009 where I qualified as well and made my first cut on the PGA Tour, and I expect more great things this week!
Be sure to follow tape-delayed coverage on the Golf Channel this week! We will be playing the beautiful Trump International G.C. in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Thanks to all of you for your continued interest and support of my career! You're the best!
U.S. Open Local Qualifier
Monday, May 11, 2009
Today I played one of my favorite golf courses, Old Corkscrew G.C. in Estero, FL, for my U.S. Open Local Qualifier.
Of the 84 players competing, the 5 lowest scores plus 2 alternates would move on to the Sectional Qualifier June 8. Unfortunately a comedy of errors on my last hole of the day left me in 12th place and I failed to advance.
As a result of my runner-up finish in Mexico, several new opportunities have opened up that I have yet to decide on. As soon as my schedule is finalized I will post it to the website as soon as I can!
Thanks again to all of you who continue to check in and support my career, it means the world to me!
All the best,
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