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.
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.