Dad and me trooped off to Burnham and Berrow for The West of England Amateur Championships which is a 36 hole qualifier, called The War Memorial Trophy, to get into the match play section for The South West Amateur Championship.

32 players qualify and that was my target, to do the same as last year and qualify to hopefully get past the first round this time!

Things were going along nicely until I got to the 14th hole which is a long and difficult par 3. I hit my tee shot right of the green and that was the last we saw of it. I had played a provisional that finished left of the green in not a good spot. Anyway after much swiping and putting I walked off with a quadruple bogey seven, ouch!

I parred in for an 81and that left me with much to do in the second round which is played in the afternoon, so it’s a long day. The word was that a total of 160 would make the cut so it had to be a 79 for me or I was out.

I played steadily through the afternoon but the conditions were brutal to say the least with a 30 mph wind gusting to 40 in places and shots disappeared before you knew it and eventually I stood on the 18th green with a putt for birdie and an 80 that I thought had a chance to qualify.

I missed so it was a pair of 81’s for a total of 162 and we thought no chance of qualifying, so me and dad got into the car for the journey home.

It was fairly quiet on the journey home as you can imagine with me fed up for taking that 7 in the morning that I thought had cost me a qualifying spot and dad trying to cheer me up with the good bits of the day.

Anyway we got home and mum was as disappointed as we were so we unpacked the car and went off for our showers.

As I got out of the shower I heard mum shriek “You’ve made the cut, you’re in the match play”. I went downstairs and sure enough I was in as last man and was now due to play the first seed in the morning at 8am!

So up at 5-30 am for the trip back to Burnham, a sausage bap and hopefully a successful first round match.

My opponent was Freddie Sheridan- Mills a +3 handicap player from Walsall so I had a battle on my hands for sure.

I won the first with a solid par; he holed from 8 feet for a half on the second and again holed from 6 feet for another half on the 5th!!

After that he found his game and won 2 holes with birdies and I turned one down. He continued to hit great approaches and hole putts to run out a 3 and 2 winner even though I had only dropped a couple of shots all day. I felt good about the way I played and could do nothing about his putting but at least I made him play to his handicap to beat me.

My next outing is on Saturday in the Semi Final of the Gerry White Trophy with my partner and Coach, Gary Harris, fingers crossed and I will let you know how I go in my next blog.

Thanks for reading about my golfing adventures.

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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