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.

Tom

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My interview with "Your Sport Swindon"

Hi again, I have just come across this video of an interview I did with "Your Sport Swindon" which some of you may like to see, if the link works!!
https://youtu.be/cKwD04AaEm0

4th South West Week

Hi all, I'm back again with some more news. This time its about representing Wiltshire at The South West Counties Championships at Weston Super Mare.
The Chanpionships are held over 6 days where the 6 counties, Wilts, Glos, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall play each other in a round robin format.
In between the matches there is a 36 hole individual stroke play competition on the Tuesday and I scored a 2 over par 72 in the morning and a 1 under par in the afternoon to finish on 1 over par and in 26th place out of 72 competitors.
I played well in the matches and accumulated 5.5 points out of a possible 8.75, so a good week and as a team Wiltshire finished in a very creditable 2nd place behind a rampant Somerset who won overall and with Somerset's Will Poole winning the stroke, play it was a Somerset clean sweep. 
I was surprised at the presentation to be included in the South West squad to play the Midlands in September at Bristol and Clifton, I just hope I get the nod to play for the team.
My next adventure will be a go at Open qualifying and I will be trying my best at Little Aston in the Midlands to progress onto final qualifying for a chance to play in The Open at Royal Birkdale but before that I will be defending my Broome Manor Club Championship to see if I can win it for a third straight time!
I will let you know how I get on in my next blog.
Enjoy this great golfing weather and play well.
Tom

Burnham and Berrow adventure

I played in The Burnham and Berrow Silver Salver yesterday and shot a disappointing 7 over par 78 in the first round to trail the leader by 8 shots. The weather was windy and with occasional showers made scoring difficult but I was determined to score better in the second round.
I started well getting too 2 under par after 5 holes but then I proceeded to drop 3 shots and turned in one over par. I then headed for home and with 8 pars and a birdie finished on level par for the round and that elevated me into third place which although not a win it showed me I had grit and determination.
I now go off to the South West Counties Championships at Weston Super Mare and will let you know how I get on in my next blog.

What's Been Going On?

Well quite a bit has gone on in my life since my last blog. On the education front I have now finished my BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Therapy and am predicted to get at least a 2.1, so fingers crossed.
On the golfing front it has been an incredibly fruitful time for me, retaining the Broome Manor Club Championship was great and I scored a very solid 3 under par total. The most important wins I have had this year are the Wiltshire County Foursomes Championship which I won with my Broome Manor club mate Mike Cox.
I followed this win by scooping the Wiltshire County Championship crown after a 3 hole play-off against Gary Slade.
Mike Cox and me won the Broome Manor Winter League Trophy for the second time.
I promised you an update on the Scratch Match Play final which I unfortunately lost but I will be battling for it next time.
On the County front I have cemented my place in the Wiltshire South West Counties Championships for the fourth year and am looking forward to doing battle with the other counties in one of my favourite golfing week.
Now that my degree is safely tucked away I am hoping to see how far I can go in the wider golfing world, so the question is will it be as a professional or as an amateur? We will think it over during the coming days and see what is the best thing to do.
Now my degree is done I will be able to keep you updated on a more regular basis.
Thank you for readin this and play well but most of all enjoy your golf.

Tom 
 

Jubilee Cup Winner

Just an update about the Jubilee Cup final which I played today and managed to win 2 and 1 in a tense and closely fought match. I played well all day and hit 15 greens in rgulation and finished the match of with a birdie on the seventeenth.

My season is nearly over, just one more tournament to  finish off and that's the Broome Manor Scratch Matchplay tournament where I have a quarter final match to play and I will let you know how it goes next time.

Enjoy your golf

Tom 

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