Local golfer headed to California to train
The field was small for Nathan Corrin at the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, but he learned a lot about his game this week.
Nathan Corrin hits a ball at the Deer Ridge golf course range. Times-Herald file photo
“I wanted to finish a little higher from where I finished, but after not playing for a month, it was good to just get back out there,” said Corrin.
Corrin finished 10th at the junior men’s golf provincials in July and hasn’t hit the links much after that.
“There aren’t a lot of guys around as many are at nationals or other events,” said Corrin of his absence.
He finished eighth overall in the junior division on the Tour event in Warman over the weekend with scores of 75 and 86 on the par 72 Legends Golf Course.
Kyle Wiebe from Madison won the event with scores of 73 and 74.
“We had a small field, but I would say there was some of the better players in our division were there,” said Corrin. “Even though there were less kids, it was still a pretty good challenge.”
Corrin thought he had a decent first round, but with the nasty weather on Sunday, it made his second round more difficult to put himself in a position to win.
“The wind came up and it was raining all day,” he said. “The only thing I struggled with was with the wind and getting off the tee boxes were a struggle just because I didn’t really know what to do with the wind.”
The Legends Golf Course held the mid-amateur event last week and that made the greens a little unpredictable for the Tour golfers, Corrin said.
“The course was in decent shape, but it was a little beaten up,” he said. “It was a little tough to figure out what the greens were going to do.”
Despite the struggle on the tee box and the weather, Corrin felt he was decent on his short game.
“My strength definitely would have been my putting,” he said. “I have struggled all year basically on the greens. I have been hitting on the greens every round, but couldn’t putt. This week, I made quite a few putts.”
The 17-year-old has graduated high school, but still has another year of eligibility for the Tour event and with the plan to head down to Palm Springs, Cali. in a couple of months, he hopes to return a stronger golfer.
“I am just going to play and hopefully come back up here next year with a totally different game and be a lot better,” he said. “Hopefully after next year, I will go to a school somewhere I the States.”
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