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Korab will play with two rinks this season -Noseworthy's at home, Hemmings' on WCT circuit

Jamie Korab believes golf, a game he struggles with, is very much a mental sport, just like curling, the game he plays very well.

Korab was out on the links at Bally Haly Monday where he broke 90 for the first time. He hasn't been playing very long - he only broke 100 last year - but he already has an appreciation for a game that requires a lot of practice and dedication in order to play well.

Korab is looking ahead to a busy curling season. Telegram file photo

Jamie Korab believes golf, a game he struggles with, is very much a mental sport, just like curling, the game he plays very well.

Korab was out on the links at Bally Haly Monday where he broke 90 for the first time. He hasn't been playing very long - he only broke 100 last year - but he already has an appreciation for a game that requires a lot of practice and dedication in order to play well.

That's something he grew to understand in recent years while throwing lead stones for Brad Gushue's rink.

"You have to put a bad shot behind you in golf and move on. It's something I've learned from curling," Korab said.

Putting bad situations behind him is something he's working on.

Replaced on Gushue's foursome by Dave Noftall, Korab hasn't been idle in planning for a curling season that will be a wee bit unusual, at least compared to the highly-structured ones that came with being part of Gushue's team.

For one thing, he'll be part of two rinks, including one skipped by Guy Hemmings. About a month ago, Korab had e-mailed Pierre Charette - Hemmings' long-time third - about the possibility of hooking up with the Quebec-based team. As it turned out, Charette had intended to call Korab.

Hemmings' rink (the other member is Stephane Robilliard) plans to compete in World Curling Tour and Grand Slam events, something Korab won't be doing with his local team, which also includes skip Mark Noseworthy, Ryan Ledrew and Mike Adam, another castoff from Gushue's Olympic gold-medal team. They'll look to qualify for the Tankard provincial championship and play in a few regional tournaments, but not enough to earn major points on the WCT circuit.

Competing with two teams will keep Korab busy, but he says it still won't be as hectic as it was the last few years with Gushue.

The Hemmings team's first competition is September in Switzerland. Korab won't practise with the team and won't be available to play in all of the tournaments, so there's a fifth player from Quebec who will fill in.

He's a 'keeper

An eclectic, competitive athletic, Korab guards the net in St. John's intermediate soccer with Gonzaga and played the goalkeeper position with Mount Pearl's Challenge Cup team in 2003. Korab will be in Corner Brook Friday to help celebrate Aliant Cup Day, a celebration of youth soccer.

In the meantime, the Harbour Grace native said he is already pumped for the provincial men's curling championship.

"It's something I'm looking forward to. Gushue is probably going to be in the final, but there are eight other rinks we have to beat to get there. So there's no guarantee we'll get a chance to beat him."

"In any case," he said, "it will be an interesting year."

jbrowne@thetlegram.com

Geographic location: Switzerland, Quebec, St. John's Mount Pearl Corner Brook

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