Brad Boyle is getting a feel for the professional game of golf.
The Kingstonian left the amateur game this past September in playing The Great Waterway Classic at Smuggler’s Glen.
After making the cut and finishing tied for 43rd he knew he had made the right decision to pursue the game at a higher level.
A few weeks later he was off to what was then the Canadian Tour Fall Qualifying School where he would earn a spot on the newly formed PGA TOUR of Canada for 2013.
As that season does not begin until next June he needed a place to sharpen and develop his game. That led him to the NGA Tour which hosts a Winter Series based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
So far this fall Boyle has played in three of the NGA events which are notorious for talented fields and only a small portion of those players making the cut, and a cheque.
In his first event at the end of November Boyle missed the cut but has found his stride since then.
In his second tournament he opened with a 68 but struggled in the third and final round to tie for 23rd.
On December 13th he finished up his third event, the 54-hole, with a 70 in tough weather conditions to earn a piece of 14th. He had started the day in 20th. “I though that would have bumped me up more but everyone played well in the cold and wind though,” he told Flagstick.
For his efforts so far on the NGA Tour the 22 year-old has earned cheques for just over $1100 total but will have a chance for more cash starting December 18th when he plays his last event before Christmas. The 54-hole tournament that wraps up December 20th is one he is looking forward to. “I’m excited for it, I like that course.”
Once he gets wrapped up at Crow Creek Boyle says he will return home to Ontario for a little break before returning to the Carolinas. He intends to play all five January events on the NGA Carolina Winter Series schedule. They start on January 8th at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach and wrap up at Farmstead Golf Links in Calabash, North Carolina on January 25th.
Also playing the Carolina Winter Series is another Eastern Ontario golfer, Alec Hubert. The five year veteran of the pro shop at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club decided that this Fall he would pursue his playing dreams and, like Boyle, looked to the NGA Carolina Winter Series to get his feet wet.
The Pembroke native got off to a good start at the end of October when he tied for 12th place at the Black Bear Golf Club event. He followed that up with another two made cuts, a t-14 and a 17th place finish. Those three finishes earned him $1400.
Lately things have been a little more of a struggle for Alec. He missed the cuts in his 4th and 5th starts and after an opening 80 withdrew from this week’s River Hills Tournament. On his Twitter account Hubert noted that he is lacking confidence at this point.
Hubert is expected to be in the field next week at the Crow Creek tournament.