Struttin’ Birdies Louisiana Style

Hello from Louisiana!

TeamMaverick and TeamCurriki

Hello from the Lafayette, LA Airport!

I’ll start with the bad news first: I missed the cut this week with rounds of 65-77. The good news is, my game still feels awesome and I made 10 birdies in those two rounds for Curriki!

The course conditions this week were less than optimal, as the Bermuda grass hasn’t had the warm weather necessary to fill in the greens… However, I managed to make some putts that first round before hitting a string of of unlucky shots on the first few holes of my second round. I fought back with three late birdies on the last 9, but a bumpy three-putt on my 17th hole ended my hopes of making the cut. I stayed back at the course to practice a few days, and am on my way to Savannah for the next tournament.

The food was one of the highlights of this week. During the Pro-Am on Wednesday, the tournament cooks up typical Louisiana fare, highlighted by their Cajun pork chops (which you eat by hand), corn maque choux, and dry rubbed ribs. I had been looking forward to those pork chops from the moment the tournament was put on the schedule.

Over the weekend I had a bit of time to kill as well, so I went to the Zoosiana, the local Zoo. It more than surpassed my expectations, and I passed a few hours here before I realized where the time went! I got close to the animals, and I mean REALLY close. It is now a goal of mine to have the self-confidence of this peacock who just strutted on up next to me and posed for a quick selfie…

Thank you all for your support. I’m excited to take another crack at it this week in Savannah! It is one of the best courses we play all year, and should be a great test.

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Birdies for Education Reaches Japan!

Thanks to Mr. Mori Yutaka for bringing awareness of the Birdies for Education campaign to Japan!

Rocking Lakewood Ranch, FL!

Hello from Lakewood Ranch, FL!

TeamMaverick and TeamCurriki

What a week to finish off my nearly 6 week long road trip!! I recorded my career best finish as a professional, finishing in solo second place at -24 at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. I made 26 birdies this week along with 3 eagles, a personal best as well! This brings our total to $114,512 raised in four weeks!

This finish rocketed me up to 7th on “The 25” rankings (where the top 25 in points at the end of the Tour regular season get PGA Tour cards for the next year). I also secured full Tour status for next year at the minimum, and am roughly 60% of the way to the 750ish points needed to finish inside the top 25. This puts me at a huge advantage for the rest of the year, especially relative to my start last year!

This golf course was a Birdies for Education dream, with five reachable par 5s and a driveable par 4, affording prime birdie opportunities every few holes. I drove the ball extremely well, and was hitting clubs as short as pitching wedge into a few of the par 5s- one of which set up my back-9 eagle on Sunday on the 10th hole! My shot of the week however was a 90 foot putt for birdie on Friday…

This week was extremely encouraging for me, because not only was it my best career finish, but it was also on grainy Florida bermudagrass (a warm-weather grass that is rarely found in California), which has given me trouble in the past. I am extremely happy with how I played, especially down the stretch on the back 9 Sunday. I gave it my best, but Mark Hubbard played just as well and clipped me by two in the end.

I really enjoyed being back in the US, and ate chicken, rice and vegetables at a place called Fresh Kitchen just about every night there. I highly recommend it if you are ever in Florida.

I now have four weeks off, where I am back in snowy Las Vegas (yep, you read that right!!), and will spend a few days in the Bay Area as well. Here at Curriki, we have been working on a few exciting projects and look forward to sharing our progress with you in the upcoming weeks here. I also got my new golf bag, proudly showing our Curriki logo!

Thanks again for all your support, and I will be resting up, practicing, and prepping for my next trip to Lafayette and Savannah next month!!