3rd Win of the Year on the Golf Channel AM Tour - "The Journey to Better"

Tournament Results

Knocking off a few goals on my way to qualifying for Nationals is always a good way to measure progression. Top 3 in the Sarazen flight (handicap 12.0 - 15.9), 3 tour wins and a personal best 78 heading to Nationals with confidence.  Managing the confidence will be the next goal,  I don't want to play overconfident and certainly play within myself.  Often times you hear this is detrimental to professional golfers, Patrick Reed being a perfect example of overstating and under delivered, his arrogance got the better of him. 

Patrick Reed on OVER-Confidence:

"I’ve won a lot in junior career. Did great things in amateur career. Was 6-0 in match play in NCAAs. Won NCAAs two years in a row. Got third individually one year, and now I have three wins out here on the PGATour. I just don’t see a lot of guys that have done that, I mean besides from Tiger Woods of course, and then all the other legends of the game, but it’s just one of those things that I believe in myself, and especially with how I have worked, that I’m one of the top five players in the world. To come out in a field like this and hold on wire to wire, I feel like I’ve proven myself."

Old Habits

Although I found old habits resurfacing during the last 3 rounds I was able to score low regardless of lingering habits.  I have since gone back to the basics to correct my poor swing that surfaced during the past rounds.  The best advice was from a PGA Tour player that mentioned "you should not try and fight your swing during rounds, just go with it", I don't recall the player but the advice has stuck with me ever since.  Poor habits are a virus that linger in the mind and can resurface when least expected even when new habits seem ingrained. 

Game Modification

Recently I modified my 39" Almost Belly Putter by Cleveland Golf and cut it down to about 35" and added a Super Stroke grip to update to a better feeling grip.  The biggest difference from my Odyssey Putter to my new modified putter is the weight (heaver) and the little white line that sits on top of my Cleveland which gives it a great overall look and feel. The line on top of the putter has helped align putts to the hole and I have improved my overall accuracy.  I was able to get home with 29 putts (personal best) at The Santaluz Club and it was due to the slight changes in my putter setup.

Golf Improvement  

I recently picked up SkyPro to analyze my swing and visually see my imperfections, it has been well worth the investment.  The app has many data points and tips (video and text) that can help you with your game, the one negative is that it's only available for Apple devices.  When you can't always make the journey to see a PGA Professional this is the next best thing especially if you are a visual learner.  Since I am a complete data geek this app satisfies my passion for golf and my inner need to analyze the data that will help improve my swing. 

With all that I have learned and continue to learn I am optimistic in achieving The Quest Fore Scratch. 

3rd Win of the Season at The Santaluz Club

Nationals Confirmation Email

San Diego Tour Standings

Rancho Santa Fe Amateur Championship Result 

2nd Round Going into Rancho Santa Fe Amateur Championship

1st Round Going into Rancho Santa Fe Amateur Championship

2013-21014 Tournament Rounds

Modified Putter on Left and Old Putter on right

Sessions and Data from SkyPro

SkyPro Data Points

SkyPro App View

Trending in the Right Direction

The last two rounds on the Golf Channel Amateur Tour have proven to be a significant improvement over last year.  I fell short this Friday in securing my spot for the national final when I lost a two hole playoff to Michael Valdepena on the 168 yard par 3 at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.  This was Michael's first win of the year and he is building momentum for future tournaments.  

I wish all my fellow competitors the best of luck in the upcoming tournaments as the end of the season draws near.  

Tournament Recap:


"In the Sarazen Flight, David Bareno of Escondido was the early clubhouse leader after a very solid round of 78 and figured to have it hold up for the easy win.  Michael Valdepena of Vista had other ideas.  Standing on #17 tee two down, Valdepena promptly birdied his last two hole, #17 and #18, to charge into the clubhouse tied for the lead at 6-over par 78.  Valdepena would maintain the momentum, winning with a par on the 2ndplayoff hole!  Gregory Hamilton, a member at Encinitas Ranch, also broke 80 and finished just a stroke back at 79, good for 3rd place."

Tournament Recap:


"In the Sarazen Flight two players separated themselves from the field and battled down the stretch.   Shingo Katamoto had built up a lead, and was able to secure his 1st Tour victory with a win in spite of finishing with a double bogey.  Katamoto earned the hard-fought win with a very good score of 82.  Just a stroke back at 83 was Alex Lisnevsky, who could have found a playoff with a bogey on his finishing hole but also suffered a double bogey finish.  David Bareno carded an 88 which was good for third place."  

JC Championship Results - Golf Channel AM Tour

It was a successful weekend for me on the course, I was able to mentally battle through hole 4 and 5 to come back in a big way.  I linked 7 (after back-to-back 7's) pars together, the most consecutive pars I have ever strung together, the bogeys I made on 13, 15 and 18 were all makable putts that barely missed the cup.  

The write-up from The Golf Channel AM Tour - HERE

Look for Mical Remirez to get a 1st place finish very soon.  He has a solid swing and great fundamentals. 

The statistics from this weekend

The winning photo

View from the PAR 5 18th Fairway - I was sitting about 228 yards from the hole and I decided to layup with my 5-wood and play it smart, I was able to get a sand wedge up and down for a GIR and ended up three putting for a closing bogey.