The 2016 season is just around the corner and I am looking forward to a successful year. Throughout the winter I have been finding ways to enhance my golf game in many ways - My golf coach John King has been working with me on all aspects of my game and I am now also working with a sports psychologist as this is an area which needed working on for me to progress. To further this I have improved my fitness levels by sticking to a personalised fitness regime.
This year I’m delighted to have a new sponsorship from Ye Olde Bell Hotel, a family owned business situated in Nottinghamshire, this will help me finance my year playing on the Euro Pro Tour and European Tour School at the end of the year.
The season for me kicks off to a great start with a trip to Spain’s PGA Catalunya next week, which includes a 5 day competitive Pro Am around their two fantastic courses and also spending time on their quality practice facilities. This will be a good warm up to prepare me for Euro Pro Tour season which begins in April.
It is great to find some early form with my golf game a week before I head to PGA catalunya, by winning the Pro am at my home club yesterday, this has given me a huge confidence boost and I am now looking forward to what this year has to bring.
2015 Euro Pro Tour is well under way, the first 4 events have been and gone.
It has been some mixed weather for all the event so far this season, heavy rain in Wales and high winds at Longhirst which all tested our golf games! My first event of the season was held at Celtic Manor, this was a new course for me I had never had the pleasure playing, I got off to a great start carding a -4 (65 ) which put me in great position for rest of the week, unfortuitly my scoring didn't follow for the next two days, which positioned me T31 overall.
2014 season has been and gone. It has been and great experience and have enjoyed every minute playing on the Euro Pro Tour for my first time. It has been fantastic traveling up and down the UK and Ireland, and had great pleasure playing some beautiful golf courses.
I am very pleased with how my golf season has gone, I have played some great golf this year, I have made several cuts and finished In the top ten on four occasions, also qualifying for the Tour Championships in Egypt. I would like to thank the members at Lindrick Golf Club who have sponsored me for this season, without there help It wouldn't be possible to play professional golf.
I am now in full swing winter training, I have set my own short term and long term goals with my golf and fitness coaches, with my swing changes and fitness levels improving, I have great confidence next year will be another successful one!
I do apologise for not keeping my blog up to date,it has been a busy few weeks!
Euro Pro Tour at Cumberwell Park was the highlight of the year so far finishing 4th place just missing out on the play off by one stroke. It was a great feeling playing solid golf under the cameras of sky sports and challenging the leaders on the final day, Carding a -6 round was by far a great achievement for me under the added pressures.. I have just returned from two weeks in Scotland and Two weeks in Ireland which I had great pleasure playing some fantastic golf courses. My golf game is in great shape,I played some great golf at Mount Wolesey, Finishing 29th wasnt what i hoped but I have taken lots of positives and confidence. My next event will be at Moor Allerton (Leeds).
Apologies for not updating my website recently, been very busy travelling!This year has been a great so far, I have definitely exceeded my expectations competing on the Euro Pro Tour and Jamega Tour, posting consistent scores and playing solid golf . I have learnt so much about my golf game these past two months just playing on the Euro Pro Tour competing and playing with some fantastic golfers who have played at a very high level. I now feel much more comfortable and confident playing each event, knowing I am capable of winning. My mental side if the game has developed each week playing at this level, a win is round the corner.....watch this space!!
My last two Euro pro tournaments where at two great venues and was nice to play in the sunshine.
I am a little disappointed with how I finished in both tournaments, I was out of reach of winning after two rounds but a good score on each final day would of taken me higher up the leaderboard gaining more money and order of merit points. My golf game is in good shape, I have set new goals and I am determined to achieve them.
My next event is at Cumberwell park...
I had a great week on my 2nd Euro Pro Tour event at Longhirst Hall Golf club, I had a mixed bag of weather during the week which was very testing.
Day one got off to another flying start with a 68 (-4) which gave me a over night lead which was a great way to start the week. Day 2 was a very testing day, heavy rain set in for all the morning tee times, greens were starting to flood but the green keepers did there best to keep them playable. I was happy with my second round score 76 (+4), it was a big test keeping my equipment dry and staying focused! The weather did dry up in the afternoon which was annoying for me as the afternoon players had good scoring weather and my score started to descend down the leader board.
The final day was a fantastic experience for me playing in the final 5 groups, sky sports cameras where videoing for the first few holes and it was a environment I definitely wasn't used to playing in! I did happen to hit a few great golf shots in this time, so hopefully they will be on TV shortly!
I scored a final round of 74 which I was slightly disappointed with but it was difficult playing conditions, the scores showed it! Finishing 6th place definitely exceeded my expectations and am looking forward to competing next week in London at Burhill Golf Club.
My first Euro Pro event started at Montrose Golf Club Scotland. After a 340 mile drive to the venue, it was a pleasant day as the sun was shining with a touch of breeze from the sea, perfect links conditions!
It was a great practice round, the golf course looked short on the planner but the wind definitely added lots of yardage!, I'm a huge fan of links golf courses and Montrose is up there with the best. Unfortunately day 1 was a disaster poor weather set in, only 40 players managed to get some holes played before the foggy weather set in for the day, I was one of many who couldn't play. Day 1 it was a full day sat in the clubhouse. After more fog the following day, my tee time was delayed a further 4 hours, the fog cleared and then heavy rain and strong winds set in the for day. It wasn't the most enjoyable or pleasant round of golf I have played, but with my Dad on the bag he kept me and my equipment dry. I signed the card for a solid round of 73 (+2) making the cut by one stroke. Day two was a much better day, it was dry and visibility was ten times better. I played very steady golf tee to green, I wish I could say the same about my putting but the I couldn't convert the birdie chances, it was definitely a frustrating day but was very enjoyable playing a great golf course. Overall I finished T37th playing good golf but far from my best. ( Off for a putting lesson with coach!)
I am now looking forward to my next event which is on The Jamega Tour.
2014 golf season has got off to a steady start.
My first event was on The Jamega Tour held at Whittlebury Park Golf Club with a field size of 90 players. I managed to get off to a flying start scoring a low round of 64 (-8), which potentially could of been much lower if the putts had dropped!
With a 3 shot lead over night It was difficult not to think of the outcome (winning)! I played steady golf for round two, but unfortunately making two doubles on the par 3s dropped me to a T4th position overall which I was very disappointed about. There was lots of positives taken from this event and I feel my golf game is in great shape to win this season. I am now looking forward to my next event which is on the Euro Pro Tour in sunny Scotland.
Stage 1 qualifying began at Formby Hall Golf Club. I arrived two days prior to the event to squeeze an extra round of golf in, to get used to the golf course and create a strategy to give myself a good chance to play well.
Day 1 wasn't the best start to the tournament with a score of 78 (+6) , I played some steady golf but made some poor swings on the tee shots which cost me. I knew I had my work cut out on day 2, I told myself to stay patient and not take any unnecessary risks. After a slow start to my second round, nerves started to kick in and my mind was always wondering what I needed to shoot to make the cut! I stayed in the presence and didn't try to think too much of the outcome and had a very nice finish to my round birding 15,16 and 17 to post a round of 72 which secured my spot for final qualifying which was a huge relief!
Frilford Heath Golf Club was the final stage venue, my first round began on the Red Course, it is a great golf course to say the least! After a steady round of 71 (-1) I was pleased with how I played. I started round two off to a great start scoring 33 threw 9 holes, unfortunately I couldn't say the same about the back nine. Following my 71 with a (+2) round of 74 I missed the cut by one shot.
I learnt a lot about myself and my golf game this week, I have took lots of positives from this experience and will be working on my weaknesses hard before the season starts to commence.
After a good years golf my winter training starts now. I am training hard 2-3 times a week at Outklass fitness gaining more strength and flexibility to keep injury free.
I have now started Golf Leap psychology, this is a key factor I need to improve in my golf game to be successful and to fill my goals I have set myself.
I am always working on my golf game with my coach Marcus, my golf swing is looking much better and still keep moving forward improving each day. I am looking forward to flying out to Spain in March for some preparation for 2014, also playing 3 tournaments whilst out there will be great experience also competitive practice for Euro Pro qualifying.