Consistency is something Matt Bonnell has been able to master on the tour that showcases our province’s best young golfers.
Bonnell, a 14-year-old golfer at Blomidon Golf Course in Corner Brook, won his fourth title of the 2014 Tely Junior Golf Tour Tuesday at Clovelly Golf Course in St. John’s.
He carded a 73 round to win the juvenile boys title, four shots better than Clovelly’s own Grant Lane.
Bonnell, who trades his golf clubs in for a hockey stick in the winter, has won four times out of the six tour stops he was pencilled in for this summer. He won at Harmon Seaside Links in Stephenville, won at Gander and conquered the Humber River Golf Course in Deer Lake.
Being able to keep his game at a level where he keeps carding rounds in the low-to-mid 70s is something Bonnell acknowledges has been in his favour this summer. He believes consistency really becomes a factor when it comes to a tournament played over a few days. Tely Tour stops throughout the summer are one-day events with both 18 and nine-hole events featured.
“If you don’t play your best round the first day, but you’re still in there ... you still have a good shot if you’re going to be consistent every day,” Bonnell said from St. John’s where he would be spending the night after a long day on the golf course.
He spends a lot of his summer honing his game at Blomidon with a bunch of friends who just happen to be fellow tour participants. His hard work put into perfecting his swing and cleaning up his short game is obviously paying dividends.
However, it’s the mental aspect of golf where he feels the big difference in his game has materialized from. He just got his head wrapped around his game right now.
“When I hit a bad shot I don’t get mad or get down. I just playing the next shot like it never happened,” he said.
Twins Andrew and Daniel Bruce, also of Blomidon, finished tied for fourth overall in the juvenile showcase, both carding 82 rounds. Patrick Hickey finished ninth overall with an 85 round.
Angela Earle of Massey Drive, a member of the Humber Valley Resort Golf Course in Little Rapids, continued to be the dominant force in the junior female division after her 84 round gave her top spot at the Gatorade Junior Masters at Clovelly.
Blomidon golfer Abigail Hickey settled for sixth spot after carding a 102 round Tuesday, while her sister Paige won the bantam girls crown in a three-person race featuring two clubmates with a 52 round in a nine-hole event.