After winning the British Columbia Senior Mens title earlier this summer, Invermeres Harry Ferguson came up short in his quest for a national title at the 2016 Canadian Mens Senior Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Mr. Ferguson finished in a tie for 36th place with a score of 14 over par through four rounds held from September 6th to 9th at the Grand Niagara Golf Course.
Im bitterly disappointed that I finished where I did only because Ive seen the level that those guys are at and Im at the same level, Mr. Ferguson said a week after the tournament with the sting fresh in his mind. I had five mistakes in four rounds of golf that cost me being in the top three players in Canada. Those five mistakes were the difference of finishing where I did, which was T36 as to being in the top three.
Among other obstacles, he said he struggled with the weather in Ontario that had a lot more wind and humidity than anything he had prepared for while playing back home in B.C.
I guess the biggest thing that we didnt adapt to was the temperature, he said. It was huge humidity there; it was like golfing in a shower. So it was just about trying to stay hydrated and think straight because when you get hot, you dont think straight and I made a couple mental errors that way.
He said those errors he speaks of showed up mostly in his short game with his irons that were not as accurate as he would have liked during the tournament.
Its just the little things like that that you have to tweak a little bit to get you over the top. As for my putting and my driving, they were just where they were supposed to be. Its my irons I need to work on, he said.
After firing an opening round 75, Mr. Ferguson was in tough to work his way back up the leaderboard, which was a completely different feeling, he said, than the way he fought his way through the BC Seniors Championship. While he closed out the tournament with his best score of 73, it wasnt enough to accomplish his goal of becoming a national champion.
Having returned from Niagara, Mr. Ferguson said the events of the tournament are still heavy on his mind.
I took some time off just a couple days here, but I actually went and hit some balls today because I just wanted to step away because the pressure was so high, he said, noting that hes already preparing for next years national championship, which he said he will be eligible for thanks to his victory this year at the BC Championship.
I know what its going to take to get to the very top. I wont falter in my desire to get to the top. You dont show up a month before the tournament and try to get ready for the tournament. It takes time, so Ill spend 365 days getting ready for that tournament next year.