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.