For Georgian Grizzlies golfer Cory Pond, success was something surprising.
She was just happy to be lining up at the tee box in the semifinals of the Canadian stop of the International Long Drive Challenge at Stark’s Golf Course in Port Rowan, Ontario.
Pond looked at her competition, Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk – a seven-time Canadian long ball champion, and holder of the Canadian record for a longest drive at over 350 yards – and decided she just wanted to make a good shot.
The golf management student at Georgian did just that.
“People were saying to me that was a real far drive,” she said. “I didn’t think too much about it, I was happy with it but I know how far Lisa can hit it.”
When the numbers came, the shock became real for Pond. At 325 yards, it was the furthest drive of her young career and enough to earn a spot in the finals.
It also gave her another perk: a guaranteed spot on team Canada for the International Long Drive Challenge which will take place in the Dominican Republic from Nov. 16 to 23, 2014.
Although she couldn’t put together another upset in the finals against Fareen Samji, it was an experience Pond will not soon forget.
“It was an incredible feeling. Lisa and Fareen have been giving me tips, they were so helpful.”
Before she travels south, Pond still has her Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA) golf season to focus on.
Last year she and fellow rookie Chloe Wells earned a bronze medal at the OCAA Championships – an achievement she is looking to approve upon this season.
“I’m really excited about our team. Last year gave us valuable experience and we really want to reach higher this year.”
Pond and her teammates begin their OCAA season playing at the Fleming College Invitational at the Black Diamond Golf Club.