I played in the Jamega Tour event last week at Magnolia Park and had a mixed tournament with a great day on Monday and a disappointing Tuesday.

I had a good practice round in the company of Roger Manners who deals with my mind management and helps me reach the right decisions on and off the golf course.

I also had a putting lesson with Dean Davis who keeps his instruction basic and to the point and can see in an instant what is required and he is a brilliant Trick Shot performer as well.

Dean spotted a couple of things I need to work on over the next few months that will improve my putting stats and that’s where tournaments are won and lost I reckon.

Dean also represents “Raa Putters” and that’s what I tried and found one I liked and will consider getting one when I can convince myself that they will improve my stats.

Day one at Magnolia was good and I played well and scored a one under par 72 on this tough 7000 yard layout and finished in fourteenth place with one round to go.

The second day didn’t start well with a triple bogey on the second but I immediately hit back with 2 birdies but then trying to push on I managed a double bogey on the fifth.

I toughed out the rest of the round and with a solid back nine, that without a foot slipping on the eighteenth tee that cost me a bogey, would have been navigated in one over. But in the end I finished 7 over par to post a tournament score of 6 over and finish in 30th place.

I took the positives out of the tournament and am now looking forward to playing in the West of England Amateur Championship at Burnham and Berrow in a couple of weeks.

I am on holiday now at Bigbury on Sea and will have a couple of rounds at Bigbury on Sea Golf course that will help me at Burnham, I hope!

I will let you know how I get on at Burnham in my next blog.

Cheers Tom

Roger Manners www.rogermanners.co.uk

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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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