Sharjah Senior Golf Masters, Staysure Tour, United Arab Emirates.


The first tournament of 2018 on the newly named Staysure Tour (former European Senior Tour) is completed at the beautiful Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club. It is a 9 hole golf course and very fun to play. This year we used two different tees on almost every hole and the last day the pins were moved between our played front and back nine.

I got off to a bad start in the tournament. Making a lot of unusual mistakes on my approach shots, it resulted in a two over par round and placed in the second half of the field. I worked a lot on my putting, trying to get a more stable posture over the ball. I am tugging the left upper arm closer to my left side and this makes for a firmer left side. I would like for the left side to lead the putter head, but I didn't get that far this week. I putted better during the second round, without making anything. I was getting the ball on line a lot more and I hit the lip of the hole all day, so in a way I was pleased but I need the putts to drop. 34 putts in the second round and a score of 73 moved me up a little bit in the field.

The final round was very pleasing shooting 67 with 31 putts. I played as well as I played the second round, but just got a much better score. I had no bogeys and didn't make any mistakes. I jumped 15 spaces forward to finish tied 14th. No doubt, I am on to something with my putting. Technically it is much better, now it is a matter of easing my mind and get comfortable over the putter.

I am going back to Florida to work on my game for a week, before it is off to Mississippi to play the next Champions Tour qualifier on Monday March 19.

The Staysure Tour takes a break until the last week of May, where the Senior PGA is being played in Michigan. I don't know if I get in to that tournament, time will tell if I have made enough money on the Champions Tour to get in to the tournament. The following week is the Shipco Masters at Simon's Golf Club in Denmark. I am looking forward to playing in Denmark again,  and so is a lot of the other players.

Birdies to all,