Posted by: randyhaaggolf | October 2, 2018

GOLF IS AN EXPENSIVE SPORT- THIS SHOULD HELP HSDT

THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES IN LIFE, SO YOU JUST TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT. IN THE PAST I RECOMMENDED TWO STOCK, LFVN AND IDWAF (WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN ACQUIRED) BOTH APPRECIATED OVER 400%.

I WRITE ABOUT THESE OPPORTUNITIES RARELY, AND ONLY TWICE. SO THIS IS IT FOLKS

HELIUS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES I BELIEVE WILL APPRECIATE UP TO AND OVER 1000% DUE TO THEIR DEVICE THAT WILL EVENTUALLY HELP MILLIONS OF PEOPLE GLOBALLY. THE RESULTS IN THE TRIALS HAVE BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING.

SO THIS IS IT, HSDT IS AT A VERY ATTRACTIVE PRICE NOW, OR YOU CAN WAIT AND PAY $20 A SHARE IN A FEW MONTHS)))

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Your Company

Helius Medical Technologies and HealthTech Connex Announce Alliance to Build Canadian Commercial Infrastructure

NEWTOWN, Pa., Oct. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSDT) (TSX:HSM) (“Helius” or the “Company”), a neurotech company focused on neurological wellness, today announced that the Company has entered into an agreement with HealthTech Connex, Inc. (“HTC”) to develop and manage neuroplasticity clinics in Canada.

“We are excited to announce this strategic alliance with HealthTech Connex and look forward to establishing our commercial infrastructure in Canada,” said CEO Philippe Deschamps. “This new agreement with HTC will result in the formation of a new operating entity called Heuro Canada and is the first step towards our shared goal of giving hope to people with Traumatic Brain Injury by ensuring that our novel therapy will be accessible to Canadians once cleared by the regulatory authorities.”

“The agreement to establish Heuro Canada is an important step in establishing the commercial infrastructure for both the PoNS™ Treatment and the NeuroCatch™ Platform measurement in Canada,” said Kirk Fisher, CEO of HealthTech Connex. “Heuro Canada will establish two neuroplasticity clinics here in Canada, initially, as we consider future expansion.  We look forward to the possibility of expanding our commercial infrastructure through the newly formed Heuro Canada venture.”

Both the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS™) device and the NeuroCatch™ Platform are currently investigational devices, not for sale in Canada or the US.  PoNS was submitted for review by Health Canada on September 27th, 2018 and the NeuroCatch™ Platform is planned to be submitted to Health Canada in Q1 of 2019.  Both technologies will be used in Heuro Canada neuroplasticity clinics only if and when those technologies are cleared for use in Canada by Health Canada. Subject to the foregoing, Heuro Canada is anticipated to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2018.

About Helius Medical Technologies, Inc.

Helius Medical Technologies is a neurotech company focused on neurological wellness. The Company’s purpose is to develop, license and acquire unique and non-invasive platform technologies that amplify the brain’s ability to heal itself. The Company’s first product in development is the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS).  For more information, visit www.heliusmedical.com.

About the PoNS Device and PoNS Treatment

PoNS Treatment is the first and only tongue-delivered neuromodulation that combines stimulation of cranial nerves with physical and cognitive therapy to restore lost neurological function.  The Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) is an investigational, non-invasive, medical device that delivers stimulation to the cranial nerves.

The Company’s trials investigating the PoNS in traumatic brain injury are more fully discussed in the Company’s disclosure materials, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | September 25, 2018

YOU’LL WANT TO READ THIS!!

Just a reminder to all, I do not sell advertising, this is not a blog to make money in any way shape or form, this is my own personal way to communicate about GOLF mainly, and to share other important things with you.

A long time ago I posted “Golf is an expensive sport, this will help you make money to defray the cost” I gave you ID Watchdog at $0.08 a share. A year later Equifax acquired them for $.40 a share. The second recommendation I gave you a year ago was LifeVantage (LFVN) at $3.50 a share, it recently hit $13 a share.

This is NOT a stock picking site, I have been in the financial service business my whole career. Through golf I meet hundreds of high profile guys that all have ideas, companies and opportunities. I then weed through these opportunities to ONLY give you the ones that I like best. They must have these characteristics:

  1. I must know the management team, and have a very good feeling about their ability to manage and grow their business
  2. There must be a MAJOR event coming soon that makes the opportunity greatly underpriced
  3. I don’t like stocks that are correlated to the market (Beta of 1) I want to invest in companies that will perform well in up and down markets
  4. I must know the story and like the upside vs the risk, I want to stack all the odds in my favor
  5. The company must do something good for mankind
  6. The timing must be great, where the holding period to see a gain will be short
  7. I will always own a significant position myself, I never tout and don’t own

In conclusion the opportunity I am going to show you is one that moved me when I heard what the product did for a famous TV personality that at this time I cannot mention. He is a major owner of this company, and I sat with him and listened in amazement when I heard what his personal results were. Additionally one of my most respected friends that runs a hedge fund has this as his number one position and believes this will be the best performing stock he’ll ever own.

About 20 years ago I met Paul Stephens (Co-founder of Robertson-Stephens) after several rounds of golf with him he gave me a stock tip that he said was the best he’s ever had in his career, a company called Illumina San Diego based company. I did no research, and just bought it. I wasn’t patient and sold the stock after 6 months for a modest gain. After that the stock went up 100X, and I missed out on a MOON shot of a lifetime, where you could turn $10,000 into $1,000,000 in 5 years or less.

I’m not saying this opportunity will go up 100X BUT IT COULD!!!! I am thinking 10X is very reasonable based on Industry comps.

Do your own research, and once you see the potential this company has, you’ll want to own it and tell everyone you care about.

So here you go:

The company’s name is Helius Medical Technologies, INC symbol HSDT

these are the cliff notes on the company:

1)Pharmacology for Neurological disorders has basically failed.  While there are many approved drugs for symptom relief for MS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s their therapeutic benefits are minimal with a host of side effects.  All efforts aimed at TBI, Stroke, ALS, and Huntington’s have failed.
2)An electrical approach to brain disorders makes sense.  The emerging science of Neuorplasticity (the ability of the brain to change in response to external stimuli) is gaining credence.  The are 2 books written by Norman Doige, “The Brain that changes Itself” and “The Brain that Heals itself” that are a good read and explain the science.
Helius is emerging as a leader in the field of Neuromodulation (utilizing electrical stimuli to the brain to effect neuroplastic changes) with a deep and wide patent portfolio revolving around utilizing the oral cavity as a pathway to the brain.
3)Helius has submitted an application for 510k approval with the FDA for their PoNS device with a label for “balance and gait disorder associated with Traumatic Brain injury”.  The published data from their well controlled clinical trials is extremely compelling having achieved a 75% rate of responders with a clinically meaningful improvement in a group of patients that had previously exhausted physical therapy.  Approval is expected with 6 months.
4)The lead indication has an enormous addressable market which they intend to initially exploit by working in conjunction with large worker’s compensation organizations.  This addressable market alone is in the billions as a course of therapy with the PoNS device will go for around $30,000.
5)Future trials are planned with the aim of gaining label extensions in areas such as sleep, depression, anxiety and other symptoms arising from MS, Parkinson’s and stroke.
6)The PoNS device is classified by the FDA as a class2 device meaning that it is non-risk.  In clinical trials there have been zero adverse events and a marked decrease in other markers such as headache and number of falls.  This means that the hurdle for gaining additional labeling or approvals is relatively low.
7)The present market cap of $225mm seems very conservative relative to the revenue opportunity and low regulatory risk.
8)Additonall information is available on the company website via the link https://heliusmedical.com/index.php/about/overview and clicking thru to the investor tab.
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Posted by: randyhaaggolf | September 21, 2018

MY GREATEST LOSS

I sometimes battle myself as to how personal I want to go on this Blog. I’ve decided to share my most intimate thoughts and life experiences, especially those that alter how we think, feel and act.

Last week on Wednesday I was playing a practice round at the Crump Cup at Pine Valley, and as always thinking to myself that this is my most favorite place in the world. I believe this is shared by many of us that are privileged to play in this amazing event.

That evening I called back home to see how my mom was doing, as she has been battling cancer for a year. The caretaker told me she was not doing well, and that she had slipped the past few days. I was worried, but decided to play my first round at the Crump Cup on  Thursday morning. After a rough start (plus 3 after 5 holes) I got my act together on the back nine, and fired a solid 72.

Calling back home after my round, a family friend visiting my mom, told me that Hospice was coming to give my mom oxygen, an IV and some Morphine. My mom was unable to talk, hardly able to swallow, and breath. It was an easy decision to head to the airport to see her. I made a mistake by looking at Expedia and not going directly to the airline websites. There was still a non-stop flight that afternoon from Philly to SF that would have gotten me in at 7:00pm. Instead I raced off to the Newark airport for a 7:10 non-stop flight getting in at 9:30 pm. I made the flight, and when the plane took off, it suddenly stopped on the middle of the runway and returned to the terminal. Needing a new plane took 4 hours, and we finally arrived at 1:30 am into SFO.

I was terrified to check my phone, as I was scared that my mom didn’t make it. I was numb reading a text message from my brother that at 10:00 pm mom had passed away with only the caretaker by her side. Life is unfortunately having to deal with death of those we love most. My mom has been my biggest supporter, the reason I am the person I am today, and she gave me the opportunity to play golf. She was a very passionate person, a concert pianist, and loved music and teaching music.

Arriving back home where she was when I left, she was now gone, gone from the bed and room that she has been living in for over 60 years. It was a very strange and uncomfortable feeling. Friday morning is when the reality started to hit me, that my mom was gone forever. I had no intention or desire to play golf for awhile with the way I was feeling at that moment. But some time enables us to reflect on what we need to do going forward. One of the great things about my mom was she was always very positive and told me to “GO FOR IT” which made me think about what decision I needed to make about the USGA Four Ball qualifier on Monday at Sonoma Golf Club. I knew that the qualifying field was probably the strongest in the country, and that 50 teams were vying for 2 spots into the tournament next May at Bandon Dunes.

I have one of the greatest best ball partners in the world in Jason Anthony. He is mega talented, and seems to play his best golf when we are together. This year at the NCGA Four Ball at Spyglass Hill, he was as good as any tour player, and if I was able to help him a little more, we would have won that event.

Our track record in the USGA Four ball has been consistent, we either make it running away, or we end up in a playoff or miss by one shot. I felt it would be unfair to Jason to withdraw from the Monday qualifier as he then would be left out of the event that he was super looking forward to. Without much sleep, and being totally emotionally drained, I committed to Jason to give everything I had on Monday.

On Monday when I arrived, I felt listless and numb, and rather weak from the intense emotional drain. But I also knew that I have played some of my best golf when I have been emotionally and physically challenged. I am not sure why that is, perhaps we become less results oriented and just play loose with little expectation.

I’m not one that believes that someone after death is with them in spiritual way, well that is until I played the first three holes at Sonoma Golf Club last Wednesday. here’s what happened: After a solid tee shot down the middle, I had 122 left to a back right pin. Normally my max on my A wedge (50 degrees ) is 120 yards. I decided to hit the A wedge hard, and give it all I had. I felt a presence on my right shoulder that is very hard to explain. My shot went up like in slow motion, and drew a yard right to the hole, landed 2 inches directly in front of the cup, and somehow didn’t go in. I was left with an inside left putt from 4 feet. With Jason about 18 feet for birdie, I went first, and with eyes closed, made the 4 footer to get off to a good start.

The second hole was even more amazing. After a good drive on this uphill 530 yard par 5, I was left with 275 to the pin. The other player in my group was right with me and decided to wait, even though he said he couldn’t get there. He hit and ended up 30 yards short left in the bunker. My three metal shot came of better than I expected and drew right to the opening of the green and rolled to the middle of the green. I was shocked, I had no idea I could reach the front of the green, let alone get to the middle. Jason also hit it on the green about 40 feet away and made a solid two putts for birdie. My 20 footer had very little break in it, and I decided to hit it right edge. I hit another eyes closed putt and opened my eyes to see the ball half way heading on a perfect line and right into the cup for an eagle 3. I was a bit stunned, and again felt the presence of my mom there helping me.

The same thing occurred on the 3rd hole, after a good tee shot, I had 125 to a back right pin. There was a bank to the left of the pin that I decided to use as my target. My shot again looked eerily similar to the shot on the first hole, just dead at where I intended, it hit the slow and rolled down to the hole, lipped out and was hanging over the cup for a tap in birdie to start 3 3 3 and -4 for those opening holes.

Hole 4 was a 220 yard par three with a very small green. Jason hit first a great shot to 20 feet from the hole. My baby rescue shot was on a perfect line, but hit soft and did not carry up the slope to where the pin was. I did miss that birdie putt, and thought to myself that perhaps mom doesn’t want this to look too obvious that she was there helping me along. From that point on Jason was the one she looked after as Jason made 7 birdies from the 5th hole through the 18th hole. The two birdie putts he made on 16 and 18 got us to -11 for the qualifier, and not a shot to spare as three teams shot -10 62, and one team shot -13 59.

I am so happy for Jason, and that I was able to help him in the beginning of the round. I ultimately ran out of gas on the back, and it was all Jason Anthony. He is a great and loving friend, he is a great golfer and an even better human being. Our journey together now will extend beyond my 60th birthday which means while we are at Bandon Dunes he will have a 60 year old partner that knows it just a number and that we plan to give that field hell!!

And finally I tried my best in the NCGA Senior Amateur this week at Poppy Hills, but just couldn’t do it. The stakes were high, as a win would have edged me past Jeff Wilson for NCGA Player of the year, but honestly I just didn’t care about that. And I strongly believe that Jeff Wilson deserves to be the NCGA player of the year for what he accomplished this year by qualifying and being low amateur in the USGA Senior Open, and then winning the USGA Senior amateur after being medalist. I am not sure how you can do better than that. And I heartily congratulate Jeff on his amazing year.

Thank you for reading about my life, and how life just takes us constantly up and down. I  now have the challenge of missing someone everyday that was so important in my life. But after Monday, I know that she will always be with me. And to that end, I am very excited about life, and living it to the fullest as she would want.

Please stay tuned for perhaps the best stock tip you’ll ever get, seriously its up next!!

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Posted by: randyhaaggolf | September 11, 2018

FROM SHINNECOCK TO PINE VALLEY

Does every golfer have a bucket list of courses they want to play. Shinnecock Hills had been on mine forever. This past Saturday I was walking the streets of NewYork at 6:00 to walk to a Hertz rental location with my clubs on my back to rent a car for the drive to Shinnecock Hills.

It was worth the walk, the drive, and the trip to New York. Shinnecock Hills was everything I imagined and more. The visual presentation was spectacular, and like all courses on TV, you have no idea of the incredible elevation change until your there to see  it and play it. This is a VERY VERY tough course with very narrow driving areas, and tough tough par 3 holes. The view from the clubhouse out over the course is amazing.

I won’t name the stud players I had the pleasure to play with, but I will say that my partner is a member of Augusta National, and a very cool and fun guy. We ended up tying our match on the 18th hole, but during the round he was very keen on trying my side saddle method. I am going to send him a STX side saddle putter to try. But like with everyone else, the key is the technique, and making sure that the left hand does NOT MOVE when you are swinging the putter.

I am not allowed to talk poorly about my putting, as I will need to putt the “LIGHTS OUT” at Pine Valley in the Crump Cup this week to be competitive. With this tropical storm coming in, I would be surprised if the course will be fast and firm like I love it there. Regardless, its Pine Valley the absolute #1 course in the world.

I’ll have some photos for you of the changes made recently to the course, especially on #12. Stay tuned also for the STOCK PICK OF THE CENTURY. If your still holding LFVN, don’t sell it.

More later, stay tuned!!

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | September 4, 2018

WILD RIDE IN AUGUST- Tesla got me good

After finishing as runner-up in the British Senior Amateur, I was shocked to learn that I had earned an exemption into the USGA Senior Amateur at Eugene Country Club. I heard its a new exemption for 2018 and beyond. I first learned of this possibility on the plane back from London when I saw my good pal David Nelson. He said I have some good news for you, and told me I was now exempt into the USGA Senior Am. I honestly thought he was playing a very bad prank on me, until the next day when I received the exemption email from the USGA.

I WAS THRILLED, as I felt I had a decent chance to play well in Eugene. Of course I had a tournament right after getting back from the UK starting on Monday with me arriving back into the USA on Saturday afternoon. Only a small problem occurred, my golf clubs did not make it on my flight somehow, despite checking in over 2 hours early.

I was promised I’d have my clubs delivered Sunday evening, as I was going to drive up to Winchester Country club for the NCGA Valley Amateur that Monday morning for a 1:00PM tee time. When the clubs didn’t arrive by midnight I knew I was in trouble. I woke early on Monday and started calling the baggage delivery service, finally getting someone to answer at 8:30 AM. They informed me that the clubs were to be delivered that afternoon. My only option was to drive the opposite direction in rush hour traffic over to Burlingame by the SF airport, and then head north in heavy Monday traffic through traffic over the bay bridge and east towards the gold country of California.

I wasn’t expecting much after my 5 hour drive, but for some reason my back felt relaxed, and I seemed to have a full range of motion. I like most everyone did not see a 66 possible that day on this golf course, but my 7 birdies, and one lone bogey gave me a tight two shot lead over my good Pal Tony Padilla heading into the last day. My first error was to commute back all the way home to Orinda, to stay, when we had the morning tee times the next day. The second error earlier was being short Tesla stock, as I thought their earnings would be lower than expected and had me sitting in a short position as I played that infamous Tuesday when Elon decided to Tweet (Considering taking Tesla private at $420, funding secured) that I first saw on day 2 when I was even par on the 9th hole. With Tesla skyrocketing I was sick to my stomach, and couldn’t concentrate on golf.

By the 10th hole they had halted trading on Tesla and I was in utter shock, at what was going on while I was trying to win a major golf tournament. My back nine started with a bogey on the 10th hole, while the others in the lead group struggled as well. By the 12th tee I was 4 shots ahead, and with a good drive on 12 I felt I could stumble in and hopefully still win. What a horrible attitude to have, try to hang onto a lead, that you’ll never succeed at doing. On the 12th hole with wedge to the green I pulled my shot left of the green, then left my first putt short of the green and then 3 putted for a double. LEAD DOWN TO TWO.

I somehow scraped a par putt in on the 13th hole, while the others made birdie. I then got some room with a par on 14th and a birdie on the tough 15th hole over water. But again the next two holes I missed the greens with sand wedge, and made a ugly bogey, and a saving par on the 17th hole. Mark Morgan and I were tied going to the easily reachable par 5 18th hole. Hitting last I cranked a drive out past the guys in my group by 30 yards and had a 6 iron to the green. I felt I needed to step on it a bit, which was completely unnecessary. I big over the top rope hook resulting in a very ugly bogey left me two back, and tied with Tony P for second place. This was one of those VERY miserable days where everything goes quite poorly and then some!!

I bailed on my short position the next day, taking a massive loss, and now await participating in the class action law suit that awaits ole Elon. It blows my mind that this guy would spout off like this, and then later so, oh going private is to distracting. What an asshole, from once upon a time a fan of his. I’ll take my lumps, but as you all may or may not remember I have recommended two stocks on this golf blog. I recommended ID Watchdog at $0.10 and it went to $0.40 when they were acquired by Equifax a year ago. And then a year ago I STRONGLY recommended LifeVantage at $3.25 a share and today it hit a high of $13.29 or almost 400% in one year. The shorting Tesla is only about having trading action, its not investing, its just fills a void for us action junkies that love volatility.

My next stock pick will probably be the best one I will ever give you, and you’ll get it in the next few posts, but for now, its back to golf.

My next decision was to wether to play in both the NCGA Amateur at Spyglass (I’m defending champion) or withdraw as the practice rounds on the USGA Senior are that Thursday and Friday (semis on Thursday and finals on Friday) I decided to play in the NCGA Match play, reaching the finals on Friday against my good friend and nemesis Tony Padilla. Tony plays his best when we are going at it head to head, and this day at Spyglass was no different. He had his A game, and I was at a B- at best. My putting sucked, and I could never put any pressure on him. The only hole I won was when Tony 3 putted the 15th hole to go 3 up with 3 to play. He bounced back with a birdie on the toughest hole on the course #15.

I bounced out of Spyglass and drove to SFO to catch a 4:00 PM flight to Eugene, arriving at the course at 6:00 the officials let me fly around the course in a golf cart and play a few holes golf. Saturday of course I got one of the early times 7:20 AM and felt very unrested. On top of that I was paired with one of the most famous guys on the planet, Jimmy Dunne playing in his first USGA event. So there were lots of people, TV cameras and photographers. I was not driving the ball particularly well, and was missing badly left and right off the tee. However once I had any kind of clear shot to the green, I took advantage of it and made birdies and pars. I three putted our 18th hole (the tough 9th hole at 445 yards) to finish at even par 72. I knew that Sunday afternoon could be rough if I didn’t straighten out me tee shots.

I was equally as wild off the tee on Sunday, and struggled mightily to keep my ball somewhere in between the tree line. This is a beautiful course with huge trees, and very penal rough. I held it together and made putts I had no business making. On our final hole, before I teed off, Jimmy Dunne said “hit the damm ball in the fairway” and for some reason that worked for me, and I stripped on down the middle, onto the green and into the cup for a closing birdie and a 73 or 145 total getting me the 10th seed. But I knew I was a fraud with all the errant tee shots, and spending some time on the range adjusting my posture and take away.

I drew USGA Legend and US Walker Cup past captain Buddy Marucci, and went to battle with only a small arsenal of shots. The match went back on forth with either of us hitting crisp great shots, especially off the tee. My back started to spasm in a place it had never spasmed before (in the middle). But finally after a very ugly 17th hole I prevailed going one up with one to go. Again somehow on 18 I was able to get the ball in the fairway with wedge left. I tugged my wedge shot just enough for it to roll to the fringe leaving me a 30 foot birdie putt. Buddy was in fairly tight at 12 feet from the pin. My first putt with eyes closed of course was stubbed half way to the hole, followed by a poor putt low of the hole. So my chance to end this match on the 18th hole was blown by a quick hit wedge left, followed by two poor putts.

Off to sudden death and back to the first tee. I appreciated Buddy’s sense of humor when he said on the tee that it certainly wasn’t our finest hour. That continued in sudden death, although on the first hole I had another chance to win, when Buddy had an 8 foot slider to save par and extend the match. On the second hole, a long par 3, I made my 4th consecutive bogey on the hole and dodged a bullet when Buddy missed a 6 foot par putt.

But it all came to an end when I double crossed a wedge into the 3rd hole leaving me an impossible up and in, I conceded Buddy’s 3 foot par putt, and was happy to dash off to the airport for the last flight back to SFO.

In hind sight did I sacrifice the USGA Senior Am by playing in the NCGA Stroke Play, perhaps I would have gone deeper into the match play rounds, but certainly wasn’t playing well enough to knock off the likes of Jeff Wilson that was many under par in most of his matches. Match play is always how you play vs your opponent and yes you can catch a guy on an off day. But that is a guy like Jeff shooting around par, not +4 or +5.

This month of August had some super highs (runner up in the Senior Amateur) and some clunker lows, but in the end it reveals the weaknesses in my game. With fatigue my long game goes from a weapon to a liability. My putting worsens as the pressure goes up. I found myself moving all over the place even putting with my eyes closed. In the end I have to be thankful as hell that I get the opportunity to compete and play in the greatest Senior Amateur events in the world. But with that said, I am competitive and mediocrity is unacceptable. So you like me always have a choice- either work harder and get better, be happy be mediocre or quit.

Today I chose to work harder and not let my body break down as badly as it did during this 7 days of golf (even riding a cart which I hate to do).

Stay tuned for the STOCK PICK OF A LIFETIME, and more on golf.

 

 

 

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | August 5, 2018

THE DREAM LIVES ON

As it took quite some time to acclimate to Senior Golf at age 55, now at 59 its my focus and dream of winning a National Championship, something that has eluded my amateur career, and has for most of us. Winning a national championship requires perfect timing, some luck, and the ability to perform at the highest level, regardless if you a pro or amateur.

The pain of missing in the USGA Senior Amateur qualifier on July 16th stayed with me as a very bad hangover through the beginning of my trip to Scotland to attempt to play in my 6th Senior Open at St Andrews. Like anything in life, when you REALLY want something, the only thing that changes is the amount of pressure that you’ll experience while competing, and that surely was the case at Big Canyon on July 16th. I played poorly, and again my putter kept me in the game, and allowed me to come to my 17th hole even par on the round. Knowing that even par was probably going to make it into the US Senior Amateur, made those last two holes play very very tough. Some say winning many tournaments and playing in 39 USGA events helps with the pressure, I would beg to differ, that it STILL is very challenging and tough to control your body, and the speed at which you play and make decisions.

The end result of my journey is I will be playing in the US Senior Amateur, based on an exemption that I was not even aware of. My trip could not have ended any better. And this morning I woke up thinking perhaps I had dreamt about the exemption, so again I look at the email I received for the USGA welcoming into an event that was very important to compete in. I will now focus all of my attention, training and energy towards being prepared for the intense pressure that comes with a match play event. I am sure most of you are aware of the difference between stroke play and match play. In match play the pressure is heightened with each shot as your opponent is right there with you shot for shot, hole by hole. And as the round progresses so does the intensity and pressure. So how do I handle the pressure of match play? I think over the years you learn that all you can do is play each shot as strategic as possible based on the situation. Some say playing match play is just like stroke play, and I disagree. If my opponent has just hit a poor shot, I will tend to counter with a more conservative shot, and vice versa with a great shot needs to be answered by a great shot by me.

In the end, match play is very exciting, and requires tremendous focus and strategy. I am so looking forward to returning to a venue where I went to the quarter-finals in the US Mid Amateur about 20 years ago. There is something about this beautiful tree lined course that fits my eye well. I am talking about Eugene Country Club which has hosted many of major golf events.

What I need now is for British Airlines to get my golf clubs to me, as they didn’t make my flight yesterday despite being at the airport 3 hours early, and flying business class. I laugh when I think they put that priority sticker on your bags, and once they leave on the conveyor belt it means absolutely nothing. Tomorrow is the start of the NCGA Valley amateur at Winchester Country Club, I be there now if I had my clubs, but it looks like a 50/50 shot I’ll have them back in time to compete in this important 2 day event.

Pretty much a jet-lagged sleepless night, but thrilled to be home

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