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.



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