Andrew Bruce is shown in a photo taken earlier this month. — Star file photo
Andrew Bruce walked off the final green at Terra Nova golf course Wednesday feeling frustrated at shooting an 86.
The 15-year-old was hoping for a better showing in the Tour Championship, the final event of the Tely Junior Golf Tour.
Luckily for him, he has the chance to end his golf season on a positive note when the E.L. Bugden Junior Club Championships opens today at Blomidon Golf Club.
Bruce finished the Blomidon event in third place last year and said he’s hoping to fire around a 75 today to set himself up for a run at the club crown in the three-day tourney.
The 15-year-old and his twin brother Daniel have been playing golf for the past 10 years.
He said he enjoys the chance to get out in the fresh air at a more leisurely pace than the one offered by other summer activities.
The Corner Brook resident said he’s learned not to dwell on bad or missed shots, particularly in the tournament format.
“You need to have a short memory between shots or the next one is going to be even worse,” Bruce said Monday shortly after finishing his round in Gander. “If I have a bad hole I try to relax, take a few deep breaths and make sure the next shot is better.”
In order to win at Blomidon, he expects he will need to shoot at least a five-over par over three rounds.
He admits it’s a special feeling to vie for top junior honours on his home course, where many of his closest friends will be among his competitors.
There is also the small matter of family bragging rights between the Bruce brothers.
“We always try to beat each other and you feel good when you do,” he said with a laugh. “You don’t want to have to listen to your brother brag.”
The tournament kicks off this morning before continuing Wednesday and wrapping up Thursday.