I travelled down to Weston Super Mare Golf Club for the Boys Championships not feeling too confident as my swing was all over the place and I desperately needed a lesson.
I decided to get it round as best I could with what I had and to be fair I did well to shoot a 77 in the morning that included a triple and a double bogey.
I started the second round in a relaxed frame of mind and played well in a difficult wind and best of all I birdied the 15th hole, that cost me the double in the morning! Revenge is sweet!!
I finished the second round in 73 and that was good enough to move me up into 20th place in the championship, which was good considering the way I was swinging the club. Urgent lesson needed with Gary, my coach.
A Lesson and a right telling off
I arranged a lesson with Gary as soon as I got back from Weston for the following Friday and duly arrived at the practice ground we use in Highworth near Swindon.
It only took a few shots for Gary to spot that my posture was all over the place my grip had moved and all this meant that I was coming over the top and having to compensate to get the ball heading in the right direction.
I went away having been severely told off and practiced the changes that Gary had put in place and gradually over the next few days I felt that I was on the way back.
Captains Day Test run
I had an opportunity to put the changes to the test in the Captains Day Medal the following weekend and held things together and my confidence grew enough for me to shoot a solid level par round of 71, only to be beaten one shot in the end.
However the changes we had made seemed to stand up under pressure and my confidence received a much needed boost that would be needed for our quarter final match that was coming up soon.
Into the Semi Final by the skin of our teeth
One of the players we were up against was my partner last year when we won the competition so there was an added reason for wanting to win this one.
Giving 10 shots is hard enough but when we found ourselves 3 down after 7 holes even though I was 2 under par on my own ball!
Gary birdied the eighth hole to reduce the deficit to two and after halving the ninth we turned two down.
I birdied the tenth and they missed a short putt on eleven and so we were back to all square somehow. We halved the twelfth and thirteenth and then won 14 and 15 to go 2 up with 3 to play.
We needed the cushion as they proceeded to win 16 and 17 leaving us all square so we had to win the last to progress to the semi final.
Well what a drama ensued I knocked it on in 2 shots some 10 feet from the hole and they were short in 2 and chipped on to about 12 feet leaving a downhill 2 putt to win, unless I holed my birdie putt.
They putted first and sent the ball some two and a half feet past. My birdie putt just missed by the smallest margin and it was conceded for my parr. This left them a putt for victory but amazingly they missed and we moved into the next round by the skin of our teeth.
Thanks for reading about my golf and I hope you’ve enjoyed it.