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June Golf Update

Hi Everyone,
I am choosing to look back on June as a good month given that I successfully qualified for both the Westchester Open and the New York State Open. I also played really great from tee to green at the Massachusetts Open. However, at the end of the month, I found myself feeling a little unsatisfied. I felt like I had lot more in reserves and I never really got out of 2nd gear. Frustrating, but a good problem to have I guess. I will come back to that.

The Massachusetts Open was hosted at a spectacular club named Greathorse in the western part of the state. I shot scores of 70, 75, and 73 to finish in T16th position. Pretty high scoring partly due to the course and condition difficulty. With a better putting performance, I’m right in contention to win that week. I missed numerous putts inside 8 feet and had 6 three putts over the three rounds. However, the rest of my game was really good so I left the event knowing that if I corrected my inadequacies on the greens moving forward I will be in better position to win.

At the NY State Open qualifier I shot 72 to finish T6th and progress comfortably. The less said about the golf course it was hosted at the better. It was quirky, bouncy and almost every hole had Out of Bounds looming just off the fairway. I really had to rely on all the work I have done on the non-physical parts of my game to get around that golf course. Job done.

At the Westchester Open qualifier I shot 70 to finish T2nd and this will lead me back into the frustration I touched on in the opening paragraph. I played beautifully, 3 under par through 11 holes, and the failure to press on and shoot a low score, again, irritated me. Don’t get me wrong, I recognise my game is in a really good place and I have had excellent results in the past 18 months which has brought me great satisfaction. But it is time to take my game to the next level. We should always be looking to improve ourselves, one step at a time. It is time for me to become more ruthless, more selfish and more aggressive when I compete. I will practice harder. I will practice smarter and I am excited about where I can take this for the rest of 2018.

Cheers!
Cian

May Golf Update

Hi Everyone,

It has been some time since I have checked in. So far, I have unfortunately been unable to compete a lot in 2018. However, as we are rolling into the summer season I do have some events on the books. I competed at the US Open Local Qualifying a few weeks ago at Southampton Golf Club which is located right next door to this year’s venue – Shinnecock Hills. It was pretty cool to get a peek at the historic venue which looked to be ready for action given the presence of the grandstands and tented villages. I shot 75 on the day which wasn’t even close to the qualifying mark of 69. I chalked that score up to some competitive rust after my long layoff.

Given that I am now working at a club in New York as an Assistant Professional I am eligible to compete in the many great tournaments that the Met Section has to offer. The New York State Open, hosted at Bethpage Black, the Met Open and the Westchester Open are all well respected and very competitive events and all are on my radar for the coming season. I played in my first Assistants event hosted at Sunningdale Country Club, which is also the venue for the Westchester Open later this year, and shot 72. That was enough for a T10th finish. My next event is the Massachusetts Open which begins next week.

After a visit to the incredible facilities at the Taylormade Kingdom in Georgia a few months ago I have made some equipment changes for 2018. In the bag I am now using the M3 Driver and the M3 Fairway wood. I removed an old 2 iron I used successfully in 2017 and replaced it with a P790 3 iron. Because of a higher ball flight I can now hit that club into greens more successfully without having to sacrifice any distance. I also replaced my irons putting the P770 4 & 5 iron and the P750 6-PW in my bag. Clearly I am hoping for a prolonged honeymoon period lasting throughout the season ahead!

I haven’t made any tournament plans beyond August as of now but I have plenty to prepare for over the next three months and I can’t wait!

Thanks for your support as always, cheers!!!

Cian

December Golf Update

Hi Everyone,

I’ve just begun my long, 24hr journey home from Africa after the 3e Actuaries Open. I received an invite to this special event which is hosted in Equatorial Guinea. (Yes I had to check the map too!) The field is comprised of 60 men and 40 women, all from various tours throughout the world. It’s an event that is growing and this week received future backing from the countries president whom I met at the opening ceremony.

The experience of playing golf in central Africa was definitely different. We had a daily 45 minute commute from the hotel to the golf course so I had an opportunity to see some of the country. It was quite ery. Picture highways, carved through dense jungles with NO other cars to be seen. Include a number of armed security checkpoints. We were waved through these in advance thanks to the tournament organisers.
Most players took the local “caddies” including myself. However these guys and girls were just bag carriers as most residents of Equatorial Guinea don’t even know what golf is. Having two days of practice was useful as some basic caddy training was required. “Don’t stand there, stand here”, “Don’t take phone calls”, “Don’t push the trolley across the green”!! But it was all part of the spirit of the event and it worked out well. We the players also brought a number of presents for local children which were displayed at the closing presentation and each child chose a gift. The excitement and happiness on their faces was evident with even the simplest of gift. It’s an experience that definitely makes you realise how lucky you are and that simply being born in a different place can result in less opportunities and a vastly different lifestyle.

My golf certainly proved to be a little rusty. It was my first tournament since my injury withdrawal at Q School in September. I shot 76,74,73 and finished in T25th place. The conditions were tough and unfortunately round 4 was cancelled due to bad weather. Definite disappointment there as I was sharpening with each round. I would have finished with a strong score to finish higher up the leaderboard.

I leave feeling super motivated for 2018. I’m doing everything I can to allow me to play full time in the new year. My competitors are doing this and with the standards on tour today I must do the same. I have an excellent chance to get my tour card in 2018 and now that I’m more settled in the US it is my primary focus to make this happen.

I want to thank everyone for their continued support throughout 2017 which was a major stepping stone for me. I wish everyone a Happy Christmas & New Year and I will check in as soon as I have some news on a 2018 schedule.

Cheers!

Cian Curley

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