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Daniel Cluney, a Corner Brook native, won the 2013 Blomidon junior golf club championship Wednesday with a 52-hole total of 217 with a 73 on Day 1 and identical 72 scores for the final two rounds.
CORNER BROOK Wayne Allen believes Daniel Cluney has the potential to take his golf game to another level.
“He’s very consistent. He doesn’t miss many fairways and has a very sound, technical golf swing, and if he keeps improving at this rate who knows what he’s going to do in the future,” Allen, the driving force behind the junior golf program at Blomidon, said earlier this week.
Cluney, a Corner Brook native, won the 2013 Blomidon junior golf club championship Wednesday with a 52-hole total of 217 with a 73 on Day 1 and identical 72 scores for the final two rounds.
“He’s come up through the junior program and he’s just getting better and better every time,” Allen said of the young golfer has help groom over the past couple of years.
That should be a vote of confidence for Cluney who is about to embark on a new journey as he pursues his passion for the game.
His high school days now behind him, the 18-year-old graduate of Corner Brook Regional High has accepted a scholarship offer for one year — a President’s Award of Excellence Scholarship valued at $5,000 — at Holland College in Prince Edward Island where he will be fully immersed in the game he enjoys most of his waking moments during the summer months.
He is enrolled in the professional golf management program at Holland College where he will try to crack the roster of the Holland Hurricanes men’s varsity golf team that participates in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) setup.
“I decided to go over there and hopefully get my results good enough to go down to the United States in my second year if I can make the golf team there,” he said of his goal when he joins other Hurricanes prospects in September.
“Hopefully, I can get the results to get a better offer in the States in the second year,” he added.
Cluney entertained a couple of offers from the United States before opting to attend Holland College, one of them being a $14,000 athletic golf scholarship from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. but none of the offers were impressive enough to sway him.
He is ready to embrace the challenge that lies ahead with hopes of bringing his game to a level that will attract more serious offers from the United States because his ultimate goal is securing a spot on a team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 golf program.
But, for now, he’s optimistic his game will be in good hands with the Hurricanes.
“It’s going to be a really good opportunity because we have access to great practice facilities. They have everything there that can make be better,” he said.
Cluney was among a handful of golfers who spent time with the provincial golf development team at a training camp in Florida earlier this year where Allen was one of the coaches. According to Allen, Cluney has shown some impressive strides in his development in that short period of time.
“His golf swing is improving,” he said.
It won’t take a lot of prodding to get Cluney — son of Corner Brook’s Bruce and Judith Cluney — on the links as often as possible to tweak his game, but more importantly he’s fully aware of where he can improve his stock.
“I’m really comfortable with my short game, but iron play and ball striking is where I really have to improve,” he said.