Golfer Blair Bursey Will Carry the Momentum of a Successful Year into 2018

Blair Bursey made significant gains in his golfing career in 2017 which he will be hoping to further improve on in the New Year.

Blair Bursey - photo via Hamilton Golf & Country Club.
The Gander, NL native’s efforts this year which culminated in a spot in August’s Siegfried and Jensen Utah Open, having tied for second place with a 6-under-par 66 in the event’s qualifier. The Utah Valley junior golfer cemented his place in the prestigious tournament with an impressive carding of one eagle and five birdies, which was the lowest recorded score for an amateur at Soldier Hollow Golf Course. Despite finishing in a tie for 23rd place with final scores of 73-67-70, it represented an encouraging performance for the Canadian golfer.

Bursey had previously played himself into a fourth-place finish at the renowned Sahalee Players Championship off the back of earning an invite to the prestigious tournament with consistently positive performances:
“I was definitely fortunate to be invited,” Bursey told the Gander Beacon. “I’ve played with some players who are ranked top 50 in the world. It’s good to be included with those types of guys, just to be around them and then to beat most of them.”
Despite his ambitions falling flat of what he had expected throughout an exceptionally busy summer, the Utah Valley University student witnessed commendable improvements, by his own standards. Bursey’s schedule was especially jam-packed in June. The amateur managed to find the time to compete in four separate events in one month and admitted that he was relieved to have found his feet at Sahalee:
“I’ve had a pretty strong schedule this summer and haven’t really lived up to my expectations,” he said. “To finally have a week where I felt like I had some good golf shine through was definitely encouraging.”
Having held his own with a number of outstanding golfers throughout North America while maintaining his studies, Bursey has also demonstrated the ability to handle the pressures associated with a career in golf. The young amateur’s dedication to the sport appears to paying in dividends, yet there does not seem to be any indication that his education has suffered in any form.

Bursey’s father, Ed, had remarked that his son Blair was exceptionally motivated in his approach to his game:
“He constantly trains, every day,” he said. “I’m a very proud father and I’m humbled by his ability and skill. He’s doing university courses at the same time. I don’t know how he does it all.”
To many in the sport, the dedication and relentless adherence to practice and skills training will show while out on the green. With Bursey continuing to make tangible progress, 2018 will provide the Gander-native with the opportunity to step things up even further. With competition never scarce in golf, Blair Bursey will have his work cut out in order to mix it at the highest levels. With the right skills, attitude and attributes, the Canadian is certainly on the right path.
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