As part of the SCGA's Membership Season, we are checking in with SCGA Members and learning what they find most valuable about their SCGA Membership. Below is Part 2 of our Member Spotlight series.
If you played in any 2011 SCGA Net Tournaments, chances are you have shared the course with François St. Laurent, who has competed in more net events this year than any other SCGA member. St. Laurent, who hails from Oak Creek GC in Irvine, is rapidly becoming a veteran competitor, even though he is fairly new to the SCGA tournament scene.
“I started competing in SCGA tournaments last year. In my first tournament I finished second, which was really good, but I am still looking for my first victory,” said St. Laurent.
His introduction to SCGA tournaments came in September of 2010 at a One-Day Individual Stroke Play event that included plenty of excitement.
“The greatest memory I have at any SCGA tournament was the first one I ever participated in. It was at Shadowridge CC close to San Diego - I almost made a double eagle on one of the par fives over there," St. Laurent remembers.
The elusiveness of that first victory coupled with the near double eagle was enough to keep St. Laurent coming back for more.
This year, St. Laurent has competed in seven SCGA One-Day Tournaments. These events, typically held on the weekend, have given him ample opportunity to improve his tournament game in a structured yet relaxed setting. St. Laurent commented on the One-Days, “I like the competition. The events are well organized and you meet interesting people.”
En route to playing in 12 SCGA Tournaments and qualifiers this year, St. Laurent qualified and competed in the Amateur Net Championship held in April. With all the experience he has gained this year, the contractor, who specializes in building custom homes, has put himself in prime position to build upon his golf game as well as achieve his goals for next year.
“The tournament I am most looking forward to next year is the SCGA Amateur Net. I hope to qualify and also do well in the actual tournament."