My latest tournament was The Ogbourne Downs Junior Open that had been re arranged from earlier in the year due to bad weather!! Surprise, surprise!!

My day didn’t start in the best possible way and I found myself 3 over par after 5 holes, not ideal to say the least.

Then I found my game and carded 2 birdies to complete the front 9 holes in one over par, which was not bad considering my start.

Onto the tough back nine and I managed to dribble shots away and eventually carded a 4 over par 75.

This actually put me in the lead for the gross prize with a couple of other players and so it was onto a count back to decide the winner!

I have never been a fan of a count back result especially when all the players involved are still at the tournament and a play-off would be easy to organise.

After all each of the players had battled on and recorded the same score overall and It seems very unfair to give it to the guy who has played better on the back nine than the front nine.

Anyway it transpired that I was given second place on “count back” and won a £50 voucher, which is not bad I suppose but it would be nicer to have won.

Well it’s back to college now until the summer break and a lot more golf to play including some Jamega Pro Tour events so I get used to competing with and against professionals.

Thanks again to “Bunker Mentality” for kitting me out and pleaz se check out their website for some awesome gear.

My next golf is a knockout match partnering my coach Gary Harris and hopefully we can make it through another round and into the quarterfinals.

Hope your golf goes well and see you soon for another blog.

Tom


A Pair of Sixes and a thorough soaking

I have just played the Wiltshire Boys Championships at Cumberwell Park and it rained and rained all day but despite that I managed to finish, like last week, in 6th place, not to bad considering the conditions.

Cumberwell Park is a 36 hole golf course that has 4 individual nine hole courses that can be played in any combination to make up an 18 hole Championship course.

We played “The Orange” 9 that is a links style 9 holes, which is very exposed, great when it’s raining, and the “Blue” 9 that is more Parkland in its nature.

Anyway, I started steadily playing the Orange 9 in level par and despite the constant rain felt full of confidence for the next 9 holes.

Well things did not go to plan and I eventually presented the scorer with a 5 over par 77 that I have to say was in part to the very wet greens on the Blue track.

So after drying out the clubs and a change of clothes we splashed our way to the first tee on The Orange and again I played it well and turned in 2 over par then onto The Blue for the final 9 holes and as the weather worsened I finally got to the house in 76 shots.

This was one better than my first round and as many of the other players had fallen by the wayside, victims of the non-stop rain, I finished in 6th place to match my County Championship position.

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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