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Master Club Fitter - GolfTown University

January 2018

Well, what a year 2017 turned out to be! Started the year at GolfTown, where I am so proud of the Master Club Fitter designation that I earned through GolfTown University, Callaway and TaylorMade! Summer saw me make a change and I left retail and joined the City of Vancouver Parks Board. This moved me outdoors and back on the grounds crew at McCleery! Thoroughly enjoyed my time at the course and with the season wrapping up, I transferred over to the Van Dusen Garden to finish the year assisting with the set up and maintenance work for the Festival of Lights. Finished our first year living in the West End and I managed to virtually live outdoors in Stanley Park and the other two city properties. What this truly achieved, clarity in my mental well being and the best physical shape of my life! Really in a good place going in to 2018!

Golf took a front seat and a back seat for me this year. I had a really good early season, then got the position at McCleery and I had to drop my playing by a lot. This really affected the numbers that I produced. Physically, my body is in great shape, but the nature of the work has taken a larger toll on my hands! So, although I was trying to play at least once a week, that day was after a week of labour and my hands did not recover as well those days. It was certainly reflective in my iron and short game. Coming up on my 60th birthday, I did maintain a 2.3 handicap finishing with a couple of solid rounds in Palm Springs over the holidays. Only played 25 games this year, weather and work definitely not allowing me more opportunities.

There were two rather huge accomplishments for me this year. Out of nowhere, during a stretch of games where I was not particularly sharp, I was able to break both par and 70! Started with a hole out sand wedge from 95 yards for eagle on 1 at McCleery, followed with a birdie at 2 and a nice 2 putt par on 3 for a 3-3-3 start and -3 after 3! Ha, lots of 3’s! Dunked one in the water at 12 for a double, but hung in to stay even through the last 15 and finish the day at 68! First time I had broken 70 in 4 or 5 years, the last time was at McCleery from the white tees, this one, from the tips!

The other was maybe more notable. I hadn’t had a round of golf this year with over 77 feet of putts made. When I was in Palm Springs, I played Indian Canyons North Course and even though I had 28 putts, I made 140 feet of putts! Hit 11 greens and made almost everything, finished with a +1 73. Played in 2 hrs, first tee time of the day!!