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August Golf Update

As I write my latest update of progress on the road of professional golf, I’m sitting at home in Naples, Florida – surrounded by chaos. Downed trees, collapsed power lines, heavy flooding and many homes destroyed is what’s on view here. Luckily our home didn’t sustain any major damage or flooding and we are just having to make do without power for a while. The job of dealing with the evacuation and now the clean up has provided me with enough distraction from the major disappointment of having to withdraw from the Web.Com Q School due to injury.

Not to dwell on the negatives, August was another successful month on the golf course for me. I played in two events, the Providence Open in Rhode Island and the Gately Cup in Connecticut. Scores of 70 73 in Providence left me in a tie for 20th place. I played lot of good golf at that event but a cold putter hurt me. I decided it was time to change back to my old Scotty Cameron putter before the Gately Cup and it went on to help me to achieve a major milestone!

YES!! A win! My first victory as a professional.

Rounds of 68 68 were good enough to get me into a playoff which I won on the third playoff hole. I checked the leaderboard approaching the final four holes and I knew if I could find some birdies on my way in I may have an outside chance. I holed a 6 footer for birdie on 17 and on 18 I drained a 35ft birdie putt. I must say, I was a little surprised somebody in the field didn’t pull away but I was delighted to have a real opportunity to win. In the playoff I was steady and on the third playoff hole I hit a great wedge from 118y into a tight pin to about 6ft. My opponent short sided himself and that was effectively that.

That was a big stepping stone for me. I’ve been knocking on the door all season and to get it done in one of the final events of the year was very satisfying. To experience the pressure of a playoff and to be in control of my game and play good golf is evidence I’m on the correct path.

Golf is full of ups and downs and to dwell on the disappointment of my poorly timed injury at Q School would be foolish of me. I must focus on the hugely successful season I’ve had and use it as spring board to be even better moving forward.

In 2017, to date, I have played 11 events. I’ve had three Top 20s, one Top 10, five Top 5s and collected my first professional win. My stroke average for the year is my all time lowest at 70.1. This is what I will choose to focus on. What’s even more exciting, is that I know I have plenty more in the tank.

Thank you for your support.

Cian

July Golf Update #2

Hey everyone,

So I’ve just completed a run of four tournaments in the past 16 days. Hugely enjoyable couple of weeks on the road.

I started at the Western Massachusetts Open, a one day event, I shot 69 and finished T2nd. From there I drove to Maine and played the Greater Bangor Open and the Maine Open. At Bangor I came close once again. I shot 63,70,65 and finished T4th. That second round killed me, I was -3 thru 7 and made a couple of silly errors after that. A good last round but not enough to catch the leader on -15. However, a big positive to take from the week was shooting my lowest round as a pro in round 1. Here is a link to a video piece the local Fox News did on me that week –

Onto the Maine Open. I shot rounds of 70,69 there which left me T18th. The New Hampshire Open was a great event at Manchester CC. I didn’t have my best iron game with me but I managed good rounds of 69,69,70 which resulted in an 11th place finish. Really felt I could have won that tournament too but the back 9 was my downfall in all three rounds. I slightly tougher nine holes but being +3 for the week on them cost me greatly.

Despite not picking up that win I’m craving so badly it was a successful run of events and I’m happy with the progress I’m making. I’ve entered the Web.Com Q School in September so I’ve about 5 weeks preparation for that.

Thank you for your support as always.

Kind Regards,
Cian Curley

July Golf Update

Luckily I was able to get back to competition pretty quickly after the Massachusetts Open last month. I made a late entry into the Vermont Open at the Lake Morey Resort. I had to do some travelling to get on site in time so after a ferry, a cab, a bus, two trains and a car ride from a friend I arrived at the course for the event. Professional golf living up to its glamourous image! 🙄

Thankfully, I continued my good playing and after rounds of 70, 68, 70 I ended in a tie for 5th place. Despite my 3rd top ten finish in a row it was a week where I played good enough to win. In round 2 I had numerous birdie efforts lip out and then finished with back to back 3 putts for 68. That round really could of been 62 but should of been no worse then 66. Thats where the difference was that week.

I’ve just finished up at the Western Massachusetts Open held at Crestview GC. Just a one round tournament but it was great to add it to the schedule after a few weeks off. I shot 69 and finished T2nd, one back.

Looking ahead, I’ve got four state opens in the next three weeks as I look to build on this momentum and take the next step of capturing a win.

Check in soon.

Cian

June Golf Update

Hi Everyone,

Just checking in as promised after my swing of tournaments in the North East. It has been an eventful few weeks to say the least. After spending 8 months in Florida I had to reclimatise to some New England weather conditions, it was just like being home!

I started out in Cape Cod at the Massachusetts Open qualifier at Eastward Ho Golf Club. I shot a score of 71 and safely qualified in the top 15 out of 90 or so qualifiers. Super golf course it was and had a real Irish links look to it.

After that event the fun really started. I injured myself hitting a shot out of the rough during a practice round and was forced to withdraw from the Cape Cod Open. Anybody that is aware of my luck with injuries will know how disappointing that was for me. Moving onto the New England Open – hosted at Queeche GC in the picturesque mountains of Vermont. Well….that didnt happen either as the tournament was cancelled on the morning of Day 1 due to heavy rainfall and all 156 competitors were sent packing!

The Massachusetts Open was just completed yesterday and after finally getting to play I had a good week. I shot rounds of 71, 76, 68 and finished T10th. Only 6 shots behind the winner I was left with thoughts of what might of been. Round 2 was a poor score despite windy conditions. Making 13 birdies in 3 rounds on a tough golf course was enough to win the tournament. Making 12 bogeys is not good enough.

However, a good result which builds my confidence and makes me more sure I can pick up a win very soon.

Currently I have no tournaments on the upcoming schedule but hoping I can add some sooner rather then later.

Thanks for your support!

Kind Regards,

Cian Curley

May Golf Update

Hi Everyone,

I’m writing this just as I’m about to leave on the long drive from Naples to Boston. I’ll be competing in the Cape Cod Open, The New England Open and the Massachusetts Open. The latter I must qualify for next Wednesday 24th.

I continued my return to competition this week where I played the US Open local qualifying and a 2 day Minor League Tour event. The ML Tour event was a lot of fun as it was hosted at PGA National where the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic is hosted every year. It’s rated as one of the toughest stops on tour and features the ‘Bear Trap’ – a tough finishing stretch of holes. I shot 73, 73 and finished T5th. I played great golf both days and had it a few under in both rounds into the back 9. However I dropped some shots coming in which cost me competing for the win. Very positive event for me.

The US Open Q I shot 75 and missed qualification by 4. Very disappointing day. On hole 3 a disagreement with a rules official delayed our group and it followed in me having two bad holes. I played great golf thereafter and gave myself 8 birdie chances on the back 9 but the putts didn’t drop and I couldn’t recover the round. Maybe the incident was the cause of the poor holes maybe it wasn’t but most importantly it turned out I was correct and the official was wrong!! 😁

My game is right there now, I’m motivated and it’s just about putting it all together and the top results will follow soon. Patience and hard work !

Thanks for your support as always and I’ll touch base from Boston in a couple of weeks!

Kind Regards,
Cian

April Golf Update

Hi Everyone,

So I just finished my first tournament of 2017 and actually my first event in 18 months. Between the time away from competition and making the move to the United States it’s taken a lot of hard work and time to get my game back to where I can be competitive again on the professional level. However I’m very excited to be back!
The event was the Minor League Tour’s 2nd Major of the season at Abacoa GC in Jupiter, Florida. I shot scores of 69,78 and placed in a tie for 40th. Delighted with my first round performance which had me 2 off the lead I unfortunately didn’t follow it up in the 2nd. A few poor shots at the wrong time killed any momentum and the round slipped away a little.
However, there were many positives to be taken from day one and despite the poor score in round two I’m taking some confidence moving forward.
My next event will be the US Open qualifying on May 18th in Naples, Florida.
Thank you for the support!
Regards,
Cian Curley