Kindersley's own Brody Istace is getting ready for the start of his third spring golf season down in South Carolina, with the Columbia International University Rams. The fall season began with a two-day event in September, and was jam-packed with tournaments in Florida, Georgia, and at home in South Carolina over a one month stretch, for the now veteran CIU Ram.
Istace opted to finish the first semester at home as he returned to Kindersley on November 12th, choosing to take a bit of a break from golf. A session with his swing coach Clinton Schmaltz was on the table, but the only practice Istace got over the break was some putting in his basement.
"I never got into Saskatoon. I just kind of hung-out, took a break from golf."
Istace would have completed his mandatory quarantine just in time for the start of the Christmas season, as he was able to use this break to catch-up with friends and family.
Being back in Saskatchewan must have been comforting for Istace, though he has enjoyed the completely different atmosphere present in the southeast United States. From golfing in coastal conditions, to being swept up in the pageantry of college football, Istace has loved the experience so far.
"It's really humid here, and really hot. You have to drink a lot of water and it is very easy to get dehydrated."
Istace also detailed the strong coastal Carolina winds, and spoke on his new found fandom for Georgia football in nearby Athens, Georgia.
"I've been to like 8 or 9 games, tailgating before, getting into the stadium after, it's so much fun."
The upcoming campaign will feature a high level of competition and difficulty for the Rams. Their season opening tournament will feature the nations #1 ranked team, and their travel schedule will see them play premier golf courses across the southeast, including two PGA tour level tracks.
Istace and his CIU teammates are scheduled to begin practicing again on February 2nd, before the College of Coastal Georgia Invitational opens their spring season on February 15th and 16th. This course in Brunswick, Georgia was home to the fall NCCAA National Tournament, the Rams most recent event. Istace says it's a nice course, with a good field that will provide a nice early season test for the program.
Follow the link, for a look back at Istace's fall season from Golf Saskatchewan's Clark Stork.