Two years ago, following the playing of a PGA TOUR Canada event at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Club, not far from his hometown of Kingston, Brad Revell sounded like a defeated man.
The pain in his voice was palpable as we chatted by the clubhouse. The North Carolina State graduate and two-time Ontario Junior Champion had just finished up his 2012 campaign with two very painful rounds. 79, 79…MC
They were two letters he was very familiar with that year. In seven events on PGA TOUR Canada he missed six cuts. The only event where he didn’t record one saw him fire 89 in the opening round before he withdrew.
A lesser man might have quit but those who know him understand that’s never been something in Brad’s vocabulary.
Instead he went back to work, on and off (at a car dealership his Great Grandfather founded in 1936) the golf course. He has faith, in many ways, and didn’t turn away from the game he has been smitten with since his earliest days. “The break has been nice but it’s exciting to be playing again, ” he related.
Last week it started to pay off for the twenty-six year-old as he teamed up with friend, pro and fellow club mate from Cataraqui Golf & Country Club, Simon Reyers, to win a team event on the Mandarin Tour.
This week, the show was a solo one.
Playing a 36-hole Platinum Series event on The Great Lakes Tour at Station Creek Golf Club in Gormley, Ontario Revell opened with a rather mundane 70. In the final round though, his game caught fire, shooting a seven under par 65 to win by two strokes over good friend Mark Hoffman of Thornhill who he also happened to be staying with.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in that position,” Revell shared on a phone call as he made the drive back home. “Even though it was a team event last week it gave me some confidence. I’ve been flushing the ball lately so it’s been good.”
Things didn’t look so “good” to start the final round at Station Creek as Revell began his day with a bogey on the opening hole.
On top of that it wasn’t the best of situations, weather wise, as cooler temps were ushered in by an overnight storm in the area.
“I was freezing. It wasn’t the best conditions but I figured I’d just embrace it. I was nervous but I kept hitting good shots and making putts.”
One of those putts, while just for a par, opened the floodgates for the young pro.
Brad says he left a thirty foot par attempt on the 3rd hole about six feet short but made it and “that got me going”.
He followed with birdies on the 4th and 6th holes and then things really got heated. “I was hitting it really good and just went on a tear.”
His tear turned in a run of five under par over four holes, the 8th through the 11th. He turned in one more birdie on the 16th to cruise to a 65 and the win.
“I thought when I made the eagle on 10 that this just might be my day.”
He was right.
Revell earned $2,250 for the Great Lakes Tour win.
He’ll return to action next week on the Mandarin Tour and says he plans to keep playing events between the tours.
To do so though Brad says he’ll likely need something more than his great ball striking to continue the hot streak. “I might need a few more days off work.”
Four other Eastern Ontario golfers were in the field at Station Creek.
Simon Reyers tied for 8th.
Ottawa’s Andrew Jensen was 21st while Julian James of Ottawa took 23rd place.