I didn't know anyone except the friend I joined with and we thought it would be a great experience to showcase our talent. We found out by our friends father that there was this handicap tour that he thought was well organized and he thought we should join. So we did! Best decision of my golf life.
We thought we were good and we were 20 handicaps at the time. Little did we know that there was a wack load of golfers that had some serious game. I was definitely one of the worst golfers in those fields and was put in my place from the get-go. Thats for sure! At the time, I didn't know all the rules of golf, I didn't have a legitimate handicap, I had never played in a tournament format, and I had never hit a birdie or par. It was my first year of golf period. So needless to say the NATIONAL CAPITAL GOLF TOUR harnessed my skills as a golfer.
There was no problem meeting people. From the first tournament on, I was paired up with different players, at different times, and at different golf courses. It felt like I was a professional. ALMOST!! I definitely loved the format from the beginning. With a taste of the Ryder cup victory, the Battle of Belleville, all the other golf courses that I had never played before, and the fact that you can win money at these events, solidified my placement in the NCGT.
As the tournaments went by and my handicap got lower, I decided to take this tour seriously. After coming in the top ten my first year, with a then 18 handicap, I thought lets go for year 2.
Years 2 and 3 roll along and more friends, more money, more fun!! Not much more a golfer can ask for. I'm still here after 3 years and I'm about to complete a fourth. Foursomes come and go, new players join and quit, and every year becomes a whole different story and challenge.
- Matt Renaud