While the world was riveted to their televisions watching the Accenture Match Play and prepping for the Canada/USA Olympic hockey battle one Ottawa resident was playing for glory on his own terms.
Mike Doyon shot 73 Sunday to finished tied for 8th at a Moonlight League Golf Tour event at the Grenelefe Golf Club in central Florida.
The 2009 Cornwall Open Champion finished five strokes back of the winner on the layout that was a past host of the PGA Tour Qualifying School.
Doyon said immediately after the round that 1 or 2 mental mistakes really cost him. “It’s all part of the process,” he relayed via Twitter, referring to his journey to become a touring professional.
Interviewed in the evening he expanded on those thoughts. “I’ve been working a lot on my pre-shot routine lately, but today I had a few swings where I pulled the trigger when I knew I wasn’t fully committed. I hit the ball pretty well all day off the tee and hit some tight wedges, but didn’t make any lengthy putts (15footers). I’m keeping my confidence and I know it’s growing every day. I just have to keep plugging along with strength training at the gym and in the pool and keep grooving my mechanics at the range. I know the results will follow and I will break through!”
And in true journeyman fashion he says he will back it early Monday morning, working on making his game better for his next event.
According to the schedule posted at his website – http://michaeldoyon.blogspot.com/ he will be back in action on March 1st for an event on the Minor League Golf Tour.
Doyon is on a six-week tour in Florida but will return to Ottawa to resume his duties as a Nike Golf Technical Representative while interspersing play on various Ontario-based mini-tours.