2017 golf season is currently underway, my goals are the same for this season, one goal being finishing top 5 of the Euro Pro Order of merit which will enable me to gain my Challenge Tour card for 2018 or gaining it threw European Q school at the end of this year.
My first event of the season was hosted at Close house golf club, I played some solid golf during that week finishing in a respectable 20th position.
Ireland was my second event of the season which was held at Ballykisteen Golf Club, this was a great event to play for me as it involved lots of organizing and travelling.
I started the week playing in the Pro am prior to the main event starting , I scored a solid round of -4 finishing 2nd in the prizes which was a great confidence boost before the main event started.
Unfortunately I couldn't quite transfer my fine form into the tournament for the week, I was really solid tee to green but my pitching was poor and made to many silly errors which resulted in scoring rounds of 72,77 to unfortunately miss the cut.
Frilford Heath was the next event on the Euro Pro schedule, this is a golf course I love and have had lots of success at over the previous years. I worked on my golf game over the weekend with my coach and ironed out the problems heading into this event.
I was very skeptical heading into this event as my health wasn't in the best state, I felt unwell over the weekend prior to the event starting assuming i just had picked up a cold which turned out to be tonsillitis!
I played the main practice round and the pro am but just couldn't focus my mind on the golf course, my health decided to deteriorate as each day passed, not being able to sleep and have constant headaches, this resulted in me having to withdraw from the event which was very frustrating for me.
Overall not the start to 2017 season I was hoping for but I have plenty of event to play, a three week gap between the third and fourth event has helped get me to full fitness and work on my golf game, which now is in fine shape.
My next event starts on the 12th of June at Montrose Golf Club which is a course I know well and love playing.
Great week in desert springs
The last event of the year on my golf schedule was played last week in sunny Spain at the beautiful dessert springs golf club for the PGA Euro Pro Tour Championships.
I comfortably qualified for this event by finishing in the top 60 of this year’s order of merit after playing 13 events during the summer playing at various venues around the UK. My main goal for the year was to finish in the Top 5 of the order of merit to gain a Challenge tour card for 2017 season, as I was in 20th place going into the event I needed to win or finish 2nd at worse.
After weeks of hard work and great preparation for this event I was feeling very confident with my golf game and couldn’t wait to get out there and compete. Instead of going into all the details of each round the whole summery of the tournament was a sight disappointment. I feel I played some of the best golf I’ve played all year, but couldn’t quite get the ball in the hole!
I gave myself several birdie chances, only missing 7 greens in regulation over 54 holes, so that shows how well I was playing tee to green. It was easy to suggest my putting was not on form at all during the week and that’s the difference between competing and not.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my week at Dessert Springs Golf Club, 2016 Has been a great year for myself and my golf development.Overall his year I am proud to say I have finished 22nd in the PGA Euro pro order of merit which is the best I’ve achieved since turning professional in 2014.
I would like to say a massive thank you to my sponsors - Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Members at Lindrick Golf club for your help again this season.
I can’t wait to start the 2017 golf season, it will soon be here! In the mean time I have lots of hard work to do on my golf game to get ready to win next year.
This weeks Euro pro tour event was held at Close House golf club Newcastle, This is a great golf course and was in stunning condition. ( love to be a member!!)
I felt very confident heading into this event, I arrived on Monday in the official practice round and was fortunate to have a place in the Pro am on the Tuesday which was great preparation and I was playing very well. The course was playing very similar to last year so I had a clear course strategy.
Round one begun, the weather was great, clear skies and a slight breeze which were perfect scoring condition's, I had great control of my ball and gave myself several birdie chances but unfortunately not able to convert. I scored 72 +1 which wasn't a bad score by all means and positioned me only 5 behind the leader over night.
Round two was moving day, rain had been forecast ed for the day so I felt if I could shoot level or a couple under par I could climb the leader board. Again It was the same story for me, I played fantastic again tee to green but struggled to hole any putts, I carded a round of 73 to miss the cut by one stroke.
The last few weeks have been a struggled with the putter and very frustrating playing so well but not shooting low rounds which I feel I deserve. A few lessons required this weekend and get my putter working for next weeks event at the Army Golf Club.
I am currently still in the top 10 of the Order of merit and feeling hopeful a win is around the corner.
First of all I do apologise for such a late update to my blog....
It has been a very busy 4-5 weeks playing the Euro Pro Tour schedule, I have played 4 events in this space of time. I have traveled to London then on to Newcastle and the last two events have been in Scotland.
After my great 2nd place finish on my first event, confidence and belief in my ability was definitely on a high which is a great feeling to have especially early on in the season.
My second event of the season was the IFX International Championship held at Burhill Golf club.
This was a golf course I had played several times over the years and was in fabulous condition and with the weather set to be dry all week, we was in for a treat.
I felt I posted two average rounds of golf, it was a little struggle for me this week as my golf swing felt a little out of sort and alien to me. With a 36 hole score of +1 I unfortunately missed the cut by one stroke.
My next event was Final Open qualifying at Woburn Golf Club, this was a new experience for me as I had never managed to get past first stage qualifying.
I played a practice round the day prior and was completely blown away by the quality of the golf course, this has to be one of the best Id ever played, it got even better as I played 6 holes with European Tour star Paul Dunne.
Round one began and my week got even better, I had the pleasure of being in Robert Rocks group for 36 holes! I played very well all day and posted two great scores under par, I was very happy with my performance, my score was 3 shots off the top 3 qualifying spots. As much as I would of loved to qualify I couldn't be disappointed with myself, the experience I had today playing with a European tour golfer was fantastic.
Next event is Longhirst Hall Northumberland .
Another great golf tournament on the Eagle Tour...
Last weeks event was hosted by Morley Hayes Golf Club, Derbyshire. I was a little reluctant to enter this event as I hadn't played the golf course before but felt I needed to play a tournament to improve on last weeks disappointing miss cut on the Euro Pro Tour at Burhill. It was a hard day out on the course as gale force winds hit us all day. It was nice to have my uncle on the bag and help get around the course.
After a steady start to the round, I began to gain some momentum giving myself several birdie chances.
A few loose tee shots on holes 7 and 9 put me on the back foot placing me +3 after nine holes.
I knew if I made a few birdies, I still had a good chance of winning or coming close as it was very challenging conditions so the scoring wouldn't be great.
I had a slightly frustrating back nine, I hit the ball great but didn't convert my putts. It was nice to birdie 2 of the last 3 holes to finish in 2nd place and picking up some money again.
I now have a few weeks off to work on my game with my coach and I am looking forward to the next Euro Pro Tour event at Cumberwell park and Final Stage open qualifying.
What a great start to the year...
This week was the start of the Euro Pro Tour season and Frilford heath golf club was hosting the PDC Golf Championship. Frilford is one of the best venues on the Euro Pro Tour which I love to play and is always kept in top class condition. After my win last week on the Eagle Tour, my golf game is in great shape and I was feeling very confident for a great week ahead.
I arrived on Monday for the official practice day and it was nice to play the course again as it was slightly different to how it was playing a few weeks ago. I created a solid course strategy, mapped the greens and got a few hours practice in to finish off the day.
Round one had begun and it was a wet one for everyone, rain had been forecasted all day so tough conditions all round. I played some very steady golf today; I didn’t hit the ball to my best ability but scored very well. My putting was great inside 10 ft which helped get off to a good start to the event with a score of 70 (-2).
Round two was moving day, I was 4 shots back from the leader and a low round was required to put me a good position for the final day. I achieved this by scoring 68 (-4) placing me in second position over night. I left the golf course feeling very positive and focused, looking forward to tomorrow’s final round.
After having a good night’s sleep, I arrived at the golf course slightly earlier than usual for a pre warm up and sky sports interviews. Of course, I was slightly nervous at the beginning of the round which I guess is normal, however I have been in a winning position on the Euro Pro Tour several times over the years so my main goal was to learn from my previous mistakes and play to win.
My round got off to a shaky start, making a poor bogy on the first hole from a good position which was slightly disappointing. I soon steadied the ship and made a great bounce back birdie on the 2nd hole and then holed out a bunker shot on the 5th which got the momentum going. I soon noticed a few cameras started to gather around after I birdied holes 7 and 10 for a total score of -10.
It came to the final 8 holes were I was feeling confident but also slightly nervous at this point. Unfortunately I made two 3 putts on holes 11 and 17 and also making a few loose swings. The back nine was a little struggle to say the least!
I signed for a score of 70 (-2) which was just one shot off winning! Overall I finished 2nd place, which I am extremely proud of and is a huge achievement for my personal development. This has given me the belief and confidence in myself to help me progress further throughout the year.
Bring on next week at Burhill Golf Club!
Starting to find some form....
Today’s competition was a one day event on the Eagle Tour held at the stunning Wollaton Park golf club Nottinghamshire. This is the first time I have played on this new midland based tour and I have to say it is very well run by former European tour star Stuart Davis. The golf course was in excellent condition as usual, the greens were top class, by far the best I’ve played on this year.
I had a great start to the day, giving myself several easy birdie chances on the first 6 holes with no drop shots, I made birdies on holes 4 and 8, but making two silly errors on holes 7 and 9 I was level par at the turn.
Feeling very comfortable with my game on the front nine, I felt I could post a good number on the back nine to get myself back up there to have a chance of winning. I plotted myself very well around the course on the last 6 holes, managing to birdie 3 of the last 4 holes. I was happy to sign for a 67 (-4).
I have taken lots of positives from today’s performance, it was very nice to win, a big confidence boost for next week’s first Euro Pro Tour event in Oxford.
Today was the 18-36 Tour event held at my home golf club Lindrick, it was great to be able to play a tournament around a golf course I know so well. It was great to have a few members I know so well showing their support watching me play during the round.
It was great to play the golf course in such good condition to say all the rain fall we have had previously.
I played very nicely today, my golf game is moving forward in the right direction and showing good signs of progress each week. It was a strange round of golf for me, I made a poor bunker shot on the 3rd hole which cost me a double bogie which put me on the back foot, I made two great birdies on the 4th and 5th to get back on track. Unfortunately I made another double bogie on the 9th hole which was caused from a poor decision off the tee.
After an average back nine, I signed for a 73 (+2) for the round which was unfortunately one shot from getting into the prizes.
My next event will be at Coxmoor Golf Club next week on the Eagle Tour.