24.03.10 – Open Win In Sight
24 Mar 10 @ 08:14am by Tom Boswell
Glenn Niciejewski, centre with Rhonda Hitchins of Chambers Pines Golf Club and coach Bill Britten
A HEAVY training schedule has paid off for Crestmead’s Glenn Niciejewski after finishing ninth in the Vision Australia Victorian Open this month.
Competing against players who have varying amounts of vision, Niciejewski, 33, (who is totally blind) shot rounds of 162 and 156 to finish in the top 10.
Despite recording a six-shot improvement in his second round at the Rosebud Country Club, Niciejewski said his game wasn’t where he expected it to be.
“I think nerves got me in the Victorian Open,” he said.
“It was my first major competition and first time I have played at Victoria.”
With former PGA tour contender Bill Britton as his caddie, Niciejewski continues to train hard each week at his home course at Chambers Pines with a single-minded motivation.
“It is all about doing the work to bring that trophy home,” he said.
“I’m normally out hitting in the nets or playing holes on the course with Bill to improve my game.
“Bill is with me throughout my training and in my big events.
“We usually step out the feet from the pin when I am on the green, with Bill letting me know if the ball needs to go left or right.
“Then I just do my thing.”
There is no shortage of opportunities now for the talented and determined Crestmead golfer.
He is preparing for the Australian blind and vision impaired stableford championship in Adelaide in May.
“I am looking to improve on my weaknesses in preparation for stableford and other opens throughout the year,” he said.
“I have a really good short game, but my drives off the tee need to get better.”