Prattville and San Antonio Update!

It was a quick few weeks here on the road to kick off the busy stretch of the Tour season. The week of April 15, we were in Prattville, AL for the Robert Trent Jones Trail Golf Championship, and the week of April 22 we played Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio. I finished T37 in Prattville, carding 16 birdies and an eagle, but unfortunately missed the cut in San Antonio despite making 12 birdies in two rounds.

From a golf perspective, what plagued me these past two events were “Big Numbers”- I made a triple bogey during the first round in Prattville on the 17th hole (but made two birdies and an eagle to get my average back under par for that hole :). And in San Antonio, I made a 13 (yes, a 13) on the 13th hole…. I lost four consecutive drives right in the tall grass on Thursday. I still managed to shoot a 75 though! And just to rub a little salt in the wound, when a playing competitor hit his ball in the right weeds on Friday, we found my first two balls, both in playable position, within two minutes….

The highlight of the Prattville week was the fresh batch of Curriki towels that my caddie Travis brought- I’d say they look great on the bag!! And from San Antonio, Briggs Ranch quickly became my new favorite course on the Tour. Each hole felt isolated in the middle of nowhere, and it was one of the more peaceful, yet exciting golf courses we have played. After missing the cut, I joined my parents for dinner at the San Antonio Riverwalk, which was one of the most unique places I have ever been. The river is no more than 20 feet wide, and goes straight through the city with sidewalks on either side, lined with restaurants, and massive cypress trees and buildings rising above both sides. Plus, we enjoyed a great San Jose Sharks win!!

Thank you all for your support. I am really excited that the Tour is going to bring added exposure to our efforts. Their communications and marketing teams are putting together content and looking at ways to help leverage the Tour to get more involvement and awareness of what we’re doing here!

It’s back to the range for me, going to work on debugging my golf swing and get back to basics. The great news is that my short game and putting are better than they have ever been!

Stand by for my Nashville update.

Making History in Savannah

Hello from the last scheduled break on the Tour this season! Next week in Plattville, AL we begin the 20-in-a-row stretch to finish the season… of which I will probably play 16 events. I am in a great spot, positioned 12th on the points list and made 422 of the roughly 750 required points to earn a PGA Tour card for next season.

I finished tied for 52nd place last week in Savannah, making 15 birdies. I had one great round last week, shooting a bogey-free 66 on Friday. However, I struggled with my ball striking over the weekend and fell down a few spots. While the ball-striking has been up and down to start the year, my short game and putting have been excellent, and I am currently ranked first on Tour in putting.

Before that round on Friday, our tee time was delayed by 2 and a half hours due to fog- we warmed up four different times, but never could play because we couldn’t see more than 50 yards. Travis snapped a picture right before we teed off, where the fog was still lingering.

Saturday was Military Appreciation Day, and the local military base in Savannah brought tanks, helicopters and armed personnel carriers that were stationed every few holes. I even got to climb inside this tank, which is far less spacious than it appears. Fun fact, it takes 7 gallons of fuel just to start the tank. I’m glad these guys are on our side.

The meal of the week was at Gottleib’s Bakery, where they put out tables after-hours and you eat dinner inside the actual bakery. If you ever get the chance to visit, you have to try their chocolate chewies…

We are really excited about the improvements we have made to the Birdies for Education site. You can now manage your pledges through our self-help portal.

Birdies Pledge Center

Thank you again for all your support, and I’m looking forward to a big final push here!!

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.

We hope you like the improvements the Curriki team has made to my website. We are hoping this streamlined process will make it easy for you to manage your pledges and follow my progress.


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!!