Local golfer heading off to Victoria for school
Mike Flegel has competed in Scotland at the Euro Junior Golf Cup and the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship in Waterloo, Ont. this month. He has had a busy summer and has one more junior tournament to go before going to British Columbia for college. Courtsey of CJGA
It has been a whirlwind summer for Moose Jaw golfer Mike Flegel. For the past couple of weeks, he has been to Scotland and Ontario.
After his second place finish at the Junior Provincials at the Hillcrest Golf Course in early July, he flew to Scotland to participate in the Euro Junior Golf Cup.
Since Flegel finished second at Junior Provincials, he earned a spot at nationals, but that was at the same time as the Scotland event. He made the difficult decision to head overseas.
“I really wanted to do both, but one (decision) had to be made. I am glad I made the decision. I made it based on because of the last Canadian team I was a part of — the CJGA (North American Cup in Toronto),” he explained. “That was such an awesome experience and I wanted to do it again. To go over to Scotland, you don’t get many chances, so that was great.”
Team Canada finished just half a point behind Scotland for the John Clark Trophy.
“It was awesome…a totally different way to play golf, but I really enjoyed it,” said Flegel. “It was a lot different, but felt more natural. I had to create shots and you have to take what you get and have a little bit of an imagination, which I really enjoyed. You had to think about two different people at one time, which was an extra thing to balance.”
Flegel opened the match-play tournament with two victories. He then split his second round matches and final round matches.
“I was really happy with the way I played. My ball striking was really strong. The putter was okay, but I was doing enough,” he stated. “I was even or better in all three of my rounds. It is hard to say because it was match play, but I made lots of birdies and not too many bogeys. I was happy with how I played over there.”
As soon as the final round wrapped up in Scotland, Flegel was on a plane back to Canada and he flew directly into Toronto then headed east to Waterloo, Ont. for the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championships. He is currently visiting friends in Ontario and won’t be home until Tuesday. Fatigue and some jet leg kicked in for Flegel and he unfortunately missed the cut at that event.
“I was really tired and the last couple of days all I’ve done is just slept,” he said. “I felt really positive about my game going into those two days, but I think mentally more than anything, I just didn’t have it. It was good seeing what score those guys have shot and comparing it with my practice rounds.”
It has been a busy summer and a standout one for Flegel as he played well in many tournaments, something that was a goal of his. He accomplished a lot and is happy with how he performed at home and away.
“I am just grateful for all the experiences I’ve gotten to do and I really enjoyed playing. Skill-wise, I feel very happy with what I’ve got and going into the future. I am just excited to get better,” he said. He has one more junior tournament in Calgary later this month before heading off to British Columbia for college.
“I am heading off to school in Victoria, but I still have a couple of options that I am trying to decide on. I haven’t made all my decisions yet,” he said.
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