TRURO - Craig Dale is getting a second chance.
Dale, a 21-year-old from East Mountain, received confirmation this week that he has been accepted to play in his second Canadian Open 18-hole regional qualifying golf tournament on Tuesday in Épiphanie, Que.
"I'm just really happy," said Dale.
"It's a really good feeling just to know I do have the chance, because the last one I felt like my feet got swept out from underneath me."
The winner of next week's tournament will earn a berth at the Canadian Open July 23 to 29 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. The next top 15 per cent are eligible to compete in a Monday qualifier in Ancaster, Ont., for the PGA Tour event.
Dale competed at a regional qualifier last week in Hamilton, but suffered a left knee injury on the first hole on his way to shooting 15-over-par 87, well off the qualifying pace.
Because of that, his acceptance into next week's regional qualifier was up in the air and left in the hands Golf Canada, which on Thursday ruled Dale eligible for the tournament.
"To get another chance just means so much to my career and I just want to take advantage of it," he said.
Dale said his knee is feeling better, and is optimistic he can do well and earn a spot at the Monday qualifier.
"If I can get in the mindset that my knee's not going to bother me I think I can do well," he said. "And I think I can. I've been in this situation before trying to come back off the injury and kind of go out and do some damage, and that's what I'm going to have to do."