The start of the 2016 golf season began for me last week at Frilford heath golf club. It was a very important week for me and I guess the other 240 competitors as this three round qualifying event would determine how many events you are eligible to play in during the season.
I prepared myself very well with two practice rounds around both blue and red courses, this enabled me to get a good feel for how each golf course was playing and what the conditions were like to play, it was fair to say the blue course was considerably wet making it very long compared to the red course.
My first round began on the red course, conditions were tough as some strong winds and rain showers had been forecasted for the day. I played some really tidy golf during the round, I had a frustrating day on the greens, missing some good birdie chances, but it was nice to finish with a birdie on the Par 3 9th to sign for a round of 74 (+ 2).
Round 2 was crunch day for everyone, making the cut would secure a good category to be able to get in to most of the events for2016. The weather was very poor, it was constantly raining during the morning and some interesting hail stone storms came in during my afternoon round which stopped play for 45 minutes. After a poor start to my round I was +3 after 6 holes which definitely got me thinking, I made birdies on 7 and 8 which and two more birdies on the back nine to easily making the cut by 3 shots, finishing in 27th place after two rounds.
Round 3 was perfect weather I felt so relaxed now I had make the cut, my main goal was a top 10 finish overall. It was a very enjoyable day, I wasn’t feeling 100% well, I was suffering with a constant head ache all day but managed to score a round of 70 (-2) for the day and finishing 19th overall. By finishing in the top 30 gives me automatic place to start in every event this year.
I am very happy with my performance this week, my golf game has improved so much over the winter period and now feels I can compete and win this year thus push on for next stage in my career. My next event will be at my home golf club Lindrick on the 18-36 tour 18/04/16