Thanks for looking at my website and welcome to my first attempt at a Blog!
Well here goes with a bit of historical blogging.
I started playing golf at Broome Manor at the age of 6 with my very patient Dad who could still outdrive me in those days!!
I joined the Tiny Tigers at "The Manor "under the guidance of Head Pro Barry Sandry who encouraged many juniors into the game including a certain David Howell and my own coach Gary Harris.
I had a lot of enjoyment and success playing in the "Tiny Tigers" competitions but the biggest thing I learnt as a youngster, was discipline and to never give up.
Apart from golf, I also played football as a goalkeeper for various teams in the Swindon area and met some great lads and enthusiastic managers!
Playing football showed me the benefits of playing in a team and I have used that experience to enjoy playing in golf teams for my County and Club.
Those years I spent playing sport as a youngster also developed my competitive spirit and the ability to grind out a score or result regardless of how I'm playing or the prevailing weather conditions.
At the moment I am taking a BTec level 3 course in Sport at Swindon College because I feel it's important to get a qualification behind me.
I am very lucky to be coached by Gary Harris a winner of The Brabazon English Amateur Championship and a former professional on The Asian Tour. Gary has transformed my golf swing and the way I play the game.
I also have the support of Roger Manners who puts things in perspective for me and is a very positive and realistic advisor who is helping me to reach my full potential as a person and a golfer.
I am lucky to have very supportive parents who don't interfere with my golf when I'm playing. They just wait in the clubhouse or at home with churning stomachs waiting nervously for me to return!
I have recently started wearing some cutting edge golf clothing by Bunker Mentality and they have been generous in giving me some gear to wear. Hope to get some pics on the website soon.
My most recent tournament was the Wiltshire County Champs held at Wrag Barn near Swindon and I managed to finish in a 6th place. I scrambled well in the first round, because I had to because I was hitting it all over the place!! I eventually managed to post a 3 over par that still kept me in the tournament.
Things went better in the second round when I found my swing again and I finally posted a 1 over par 73 that hoisted me into second place on 4 over par for a while.
As the scores rolled in I slowly dropped down the leader board to eventually finish in 6th place and just missed out on a prize. If only that birdie putt on the last had gone in!!
My next stroke play event is the Wiltshire Age Group Champs at Cumberwell Park and then a County match against Gloucester. See how I got on in my next blog.
Enjoy your golf and see you soon.