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Local pro finishes year 1

Former Hart/COC golfer Joe Greiner played on Canadian Tour

Posted: October 28, 2009 10:40 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Hart High graduate and former College of the Canyons golfer Joe Greiner now turns his attention to 2010.

Greiner recently completed his first year of professional golf, having played on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour.

He played in 11 events, making eight cuts.

His total earnings were $8,105.53.

“Watching golf on TV when you’re young (compared to) when you actually experience it, it’s pretty tough,” Greiner said. “I was on the road three or four weeks at a time. It gets tough practicing and playing other golf courses, but by the end of the year I got really comfortable on the tour.”

So much so that Greiner said he plans a return next season.

On top of that, he plans on trying some Monday qualifiers for the Nationwide Tour — considered a minor-league pipeline to the PGA Tour.

Hart graduate and Santa Clarita Valley resident Jason Gore played on the Nationwide Tour before finding a regular home on the PGA Tour in 2005.

Gore finished his 2009 at 154th on the tour’s money list and 170th in FedEx Cup points. He had two top-10 finishes in 2009 with a tied for seventh at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee in July being his best effort.

Greiner said there were times where he felt his talent was stronger than some of the others on the Canadian Tour, yet he’d still get beat.

“You’ve got to figure out how they beat you,” Greiner said. “Too many times I was too anxious, too impatient. I wanted to do so well.”

The 22-year-old golfer was two shots behind the lead after one round at the Canadian Tour Championship Aug. 31, but faltered down the stretch to finish tied for 60th.

His best finish came Sept. 21 as he was tied for 22nd at the Iberostar Riviera Maya Open.

“Everything about the Canadian Tour was good,” Greiner said. “Basically I got beat all year, I didn’t play that well, but I feel like I learned so much.”


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