I was preparing to go to Pontypool in Wales for a Wiltshire County Second Team match versus Gwent, with a practice round on the Saturday and accommodation booked. Then I hear that I have been picked to represent the First Team, also versus Gwent, at Marlborough Golf Club on the Sunday.

I faced a moral dilemma now because after all I had promised my services to the second team but I also wanted to make my debut for the County first team!!

The problem was solved when Dave Hopkins, the second team captain, gave me the go-ahead to play for the first team and so began my journey to follow in my dads footsteps, who played for the county some 50 years before.

We play foursomes in morning and singles in the afternoon and I was to partner Chris Stewart, who is also a member of Broome Manor, in the morning foursomes.

We had a great tussle with our welsh opponents and managed to scrape home by one hole in the end and contributed a point towards Wiltshire’s 4-1 lunchtime lead.

So my first full county point was in the bag and now to really prove myself worthy of selection I had to perform well in the singles.

My opponent in the afternoon was a gritty competitor and there was never more than one hole in it and I found myself one down with 3 to play and we both found the sixteenth green in 2 with him being about 30 feet away and me nearer at some 20 feet.

Well you guessed it, he holed his leaving me to hole mine to stay one behind with 2 to play I put a good stoke on the ball and in it went much to mine and the supporting Wiltshire players relief.

The seventeenth was halved in four so all I could hope for now was a halved match if I could win the hole. It was my honour and I hit the perfect tee shot on the par 5 last giving me a chance to go for the green in two.

He pulled his tee shot into light semi rough leaving him a tricky second and he eventually pulled his shot into deep rough left and short of the green.

I hit solid rescue to just short of the green leaving relatively easy chip onto the green and a chance for a birdie.

My opponent pulled his third shot from the tangly rough into the greenside trap whilst I played a sensible shot to within 10 feet of the hole for a certain par and possibly a birdie if required.

He splashed out to about 15 feet above the hole and after what seemed an age putted down and missed and with that he offered me his hand and I had halved my singles.

Contributing one and a half points to the teams seven and a half point total was more than I expected to do but it non-the less helped Wiltshire tie the match.

My next tournament is The Broome Manor Deacons Junior Open and I will let you know how I get on next week.

Thanks for your interest in my golf.

Tom

Putt, Putt, Putt…..

I played in the Broome Manor “Deacons” Junior Open on Tuesday and eventually posted a decent score of 72 but that included a 4 putt, yes a 4 putt!!

The good thing about it I suppose was that it came on the third hole so I had time to recover the situation and pretty much did and after 15 holes was 2 over par but then disaster, when I 3 putted the sixteenth to drop to 3 over par.

Well I gave myself a good talking to on the way to the seventeenth tee and played the par 5 hole well and birdied it to get back to 2 over.

The eighteenth is a tricky par four dog leg left to right with an uphill second shot to a well guarded green. I hit a good tee shot and an even better second and canned the putt for a welcome birdie to finish on a decent score.

Still I missed winning by one shot again for the umpteenth time this year but serves me right for putting like a dog!!

I’m away for 4 days on the Isle of Wight now for a bit of a holiday but then come back to my first driving lesson on Wednesday, my Seventeenth Birthday.

My next tournament is at Magnolia Park where I’m playing a Jamega Pro Golf Tour event and having a putting lesson with Dean Davis.

I will let you know how it all goes in my next Blog. Thanks for taking the time to read about my life.

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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