Well I have now surfaced after a long wet miserable winter and my life has changed considerably.

Firstly I passed my driving test at the first attempt so I am now independently mobile and can drive myself to tournaments and to college.

My college work is going well and I have been offered a university place at Gloucester and Bath and now have to make up my mind which one to choose.

It may seem that I am not totally committed to a career in golf but nothing could be further from the truth, it’s just that I need a back-up in case things don’t work out and I think that is a sensible plan.

Onto my golf and the season has started and my game is in good shape with some reasonable results in county matches that have come along thick and fast.

The Wiltshire under 18’s played Gloucester at Cirencester and I won both my matches and this contributed to a narrow 817 win for Wiltshire.

I then got picked for the county 2nd team to play Somerset at my home course Broome Manor and after a disappointing loss in the foursomes I managed a half in the afternoon singles but Wiltshire unfortunately lost the match 4-8.

My first stroke play event was at Ogbourne Downs in their Junior Open and much to my delight I shot a solid 1 under par gross 70 to win the tournament by 2 shots. This is my last year as a junior and it was a nice event to win especially after finishing 2nd for the last 2 years!

Once I have completed my college course in May, I intend to play as much golf as possible on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour and in as many amateur events as I can.

In 2015 I will defer my university place for a “gap year” and fully commit myself to golf, playing in as many professional events as possible and also, handicap permitting, try to qualify for the Open Championship. By doing this I will know whether or not I am good enough to turn pro.

Well that’s it for the moment but keep looking as I will report on my golfing adventures at regular intervals throughout the season.

I hope you all have an enjoyable and successful golfing season.

Cheers 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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