In our June eNews, we asked to hear about your memorable moments at RedCrest. I’m delighted to share with you a wonderful story submitted by a long-time Cardinal golfer and men’s league member, Jim Hamilton.
As a thank-you to Jim, he will be enjoying his next round at RedCrest on us. Enjoy, Jim!
A Shot in the Dark
On May 30, and for the first time ever, I played RedCrest as part of Cardinal’s Monday morning Senior Men’s League. I had heard several unsettling things about the difficulty of this course; so, was prepared for a tough day, losing many, many golf balls.
Well, after a somewhat shaky start, my game improved, and I lost my fear of the course. We were one of the last groups to reach the closest to the pin hole on #17, which was playing about 170 yards. I hit my 4-hybrid onto the green. It started rolling directly at the pin, and stopped about 30” away – only about 4” inside of the closest to the pin marker.
As a result, not only did I have the best shot I have ever hit on a par 3; but, I ended up closest to the pin.
Wait, there’s more! On the day, my score was 110 (56 and 54) – one of my best rounds ever – on a harder course. With a handicap of 44, my Team Captain (Sneed), told me that I had low-net as well. He warned me that people might start calling me a “sandbagger” if I continue playing that well!
Now, that was a great day; but, let me add a couple of important details to this story. I am totally blind, and I played with another League member, Gord Weir, as my coach/partner for the round, and he was very helpful. In fact, his comment that RedCrest is not really “so bad” quelled my concerns about playing this course to start the day on a positive note. So, thanks to Gord for his guidance. We will golf again on June 20, unfortunately, not on RedCrest!
Finally, 44 sounds high for a golf handicap. However, in the world of blind-golf, the maximum handicap is 54, and my regular Golf Canada handicap is 46.6. So, I really did have 1 of my better rounds. I am so glad that I have this opportunity to play more golf than I would normally get to play. It is clearly helping my overall golf game. I look forward to competing in a few blind-golf tournaments this year, and at a higher level than previously!
Thanks also to the Cardinal for setting up this League! It’s “the best thing since sliced bread”!
Learn more about Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers, a registered Canadian charity that promotes and provides golfing events for its visually challenged members at ontarioblindgolf.ca
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