Daniel Cluney is seen in this photo from July. — Star file photo
CORNER BROOK Daniel Cluney admits his golf game isn’t where he wants it to be right now, but he’s quite content to be in an environment conducive to learning.
Cluney, who won the Blomidon junior club championship a couple months ago, is enrolled in the professional golf management program at Holland College in Prince Edward Island where he has been hitting the links with the Holland Hurricanes men’s varsity golf team that participates in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association.
“I haven’t been playing the way I wanted to, but it’s been a great experience so far,” Cluney said Thursday afternoon.
Cluney is an avid golfer who spends every day of the summer honing his skills to help him improve his game. But, looking back on his hectic summer, the Corner Brook native believes he overdid it.
“I think part of the reason is I played way too much golf before I came up here,” he said of his game since heading to P.E.I. “A little bit of burnout I guess that’s the word for it.”
Cluney was fully immersed in a daily diet of practices and a handful of tournaments with the Hurricanes for the first month or so, but now the golf season is done so the focus has shifted to getting a regular fitness training plan in place and settling in for some more learning in a classroom setting.
Even though he wanted his game to be at a higher level, don’t think for a second he’s not content in his new environment. He believes it’s only a matter of time before his game takes off because Holland College boasts impressive facilities with everything from ranges to putting greens at his disposal.
“They have everything here to help you get better,” he said.
He has enjoyed playing on some fine golf courses while working on his game and has been impressed with how so many people have been really outgoing and willing to help him.
While things haven’t been great on the links, he has really been pleased with the school side of things.
“I’ve learned a lot about the business aspect of golf and I’m really enjoying that side of it,” he said.
One of the best experiences so far for the 18-year-old son of Bruce and Judith Cluney was getting to play in a tournament at one of Canada’s most popular courses — The Links at Crowbush Cove.
“It was a great experience. It was a really tough course seeing it for the first time but I really enjoy the experience up here so far,” he said. “It’s such a nice course. It’s right on the beach so there’s a lot of nice views and all that.”
Winter just around the corner, Cluney will be keeping focused on the business side of golf but will have a chance to work on his game throughout the winter months.
Of course, that’s where the impressive facilities come into play for him.
“We have simulators indoors as well so I’ll be using those throughout the winter,” he said.