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Single Digit Handicap + Arial Golf Photography

Officially a Single Digit Handicap

Starting August on the up swing!  I was able to drop 1.7 strokes from July to August descending to an 8.8 handicap. The key to the large drop was playing more difficult golf courses which included playing from the back tees that helped tremendously in competitive golf tournaments. Of course practice and fitness has also played a pivotal role in the large jump.  

It's now time to focus on the Golf Channel AM Tour Nationals and preparing for the hot and almost unbearable 4 days of golf at Talking Stick Golf Club in Phoenix.  

Game Plan for Nationals: 

  • Play practice rounds on local desert courses to train for the heat
  • Drinking gallons of water to prep the body for September 
  • Eat healthy and exclude alcohol and caffeine leading up to tournament
  • Increase workout routine in order to be at peak physical fitness for Nationals
  • Incorporate Yoga into my weekly routine to increase flexibility and recovery time
  • Meet with swing coach for improvement and swing adjustments 

The Drones Are Coming

More on drones in golf: HERE on Golf Digest

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.