The 17th is a 160 yard downhill par 3 through a tunnel of trees to a green set into the side of a hill so it’s a daunting tee shot and if you miss it right you’re dead!

It was my tee shot and I struck it well and the ball finished pin high some 15 feet left of the hole. Their tee shot was going left heading into rough and scrub on the bank well left of the green.

Well, what a kick both for them and for us, in the teeth! Their ball bounced back onto the green and rolled to within 5 feet of the hole!

James putted first and narrowly missed and the next was conceded. So they had a 5 footer to win the hole and go all square. You’ve guessed it, in it went and it was off to the 18th all square.

Both drives finished in the right hand semi-rough and they had a clear shot to the green whereas our ball was on the downslope of a bank with some high trees about 15 yards ahead blocking our view to the green, not ideal!!

Gloucester played first and their ball came up short, kicked right into the greenside bunker. Pay back for their lucky bounce on the 17th I thought.

It was my shot and with no way under the trees it was up and over! With 100 yards to go I selected my 52 degree wedge and prayed. I struck it perfectly and it soared over the trees and landed about 18 feet left of the hole.

A half at worst, with them in the bunker and maybe a win for us if James could can the birdie putt, well they blasted out to within gimme distance and so Jimbo had a putt for the win.

A rush of blood saw him miss and knock it 3 feet past leaving me to hole a knee knocker for a half. Thankfully I holed it and we had secured half a point for the team.

Onto the singles and I was in the top match against their number one player and to be honest I was intimidated by his International status and low handicap and to cut a long story short I suffered a humiliating 7 and 6 spanking.

A lesson learned though and that was never take anything for granted and don’t be intimidated by reputation.

I was cheered up when I got home and found a box from Bunker Mentality waiting for me that contained a selection of their belts and caps which I absolutely love. Check out the link to their website for some cutting edge golf gear.

See you soon for another episode in my life.

Fairways and Greens.



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