Sorry it’s been a while since I have up-dated my blog but I have been rather busy starting my University Degree and also working on my golf game.

I am now in my second year of studying for a degree in Sports Therapy and having achieved very good pass marks in my first year I am looking forward to a challenging second year.

With regard to my golf, this has also been an encouraging year where I was again selected to represent Wiltshire at The South West Counties Championships at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club and contributed 5 points to our team total that helped us to just avoid the wooden spoon!

I have also been playing for Wiltshire in the “Channel League” where 6 counties play against each other and Wiltshire have a chance to win the league but we are dependent on the result of the final match between Gloucester and Gwent in early October.

My scoring has improved dramatically and my lowest round in competition now is an 8 under par 63 that won me “The Barry Sandry Trophy” which was particularly satisfying as Barry has been a part of my golfing life since I was a very young junior at Broome Manor.

I achieved another ambition when I won The Broome Manor Championship where I shot a 6 under par 65 in the morning and a 4 under par 67 in the afternoon for a winning total of 10 under par and that won me the title by a staggering 15 shots.

My handicap has come down and I now play off Plus One and that will enable me to enter some of the bigger amateur events in 2016 and gain more experience of playing golf at a higher level.

I have one more competition to play and that’s the final of “The Jubilee Trophy” which is a handicap event where I have to give shots and as you can imagine playing off Plus One, that’s no easy.

I have also been helping some of the juniors at Broome Manor with their play and practice and it’s great to see their enthusiasm for the game and it is very satisfying to help them when I can.

Anyway that pretty much brings me up to date and I will let you know how I get on in the final of “The Jubilee Cup” and if Wiltshire win The Channel League trophy, plus any other interesting developments that happen in my life.

Thanks for reading about my golf and I wish you luck with yours.

Best wishes Tom.


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!!

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.

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.


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