A practise round injury dealt Richard Evoy’s chances a major blow at this week’s Canadian Senior Men’s Golf Championship in Scarborough, Ont.
The 63-year-old Sault native missed the cut on Wednesday after firing rounds of 83-75, good for a 16-over-par 158 total on the par-71 Cedar Brae Golf Club course.
A disappointed Evoy missed the cut by two strokes, with the top 70 players, plus ties, continuing play on Thursday and Friday in the four-day, 72-hole event.
While playing Monday’s practise round, Evoy slipped on the No. 6 tee box.
“It was downhill, I fell headfirst and landed on my right shoulder,” the veteran golfer explained. “It was my fault I tripped, but I had to stop playing right there.”
In pain, Evoy saw a doctor and was eventually diagnosed with a sprained or torn ligament in his shoulder.
He iced the injury and took anti-inflammatory drugs.
“My shoulder was swollen and I couldn’t swing a club,” said Evoy, who awoke early Tuesday morning and considered withdrawing from the prestigious tournament.
However, he decided to play, but later admitted he “couldn’t generate very much club speed.”
Having qualified for seven national championships, this was the sixth Evoy would compete in.
But a 12-over-par score on Day 1 made it an uphill battle.
Having started Tuesday’s action on the back nine, the veteran golfer spoke of how things went south for him on No. 18, a 441-yard, par-4.
Evoy took a very-uncharacteristic quadruple-bogey 8.
He then bogeyed five of the next six holes.
“I just couldn’t get it going,” he said of his opening round 83.
Wednesday was a better day, though. Evoy talked about how he got into a better rhythm and thought he played “pretty well.”
En route to what would be a 75, he had a chance to make the cut.
But Evoy bogeyed the 16th, 17th and 18th holes to take him out of the running.
He had three birdies and four bogeys going into the final three holes.
“It’s very disappointing,” he added. “I was playing the best I had in a long, long time going into the tournament, and then this happens.”