"I like to coach the individual and work alongside them to improve their golf game"

Simon Lucas

Tuesday
Nov152016

Tournamnet blog has moved

Just an update for you all interested in my tournament's. I am still very much competing and working on my own game just like you all. I have moved my round reviews to my facebook page Simon Lucas PGA. I find it much easier to quickly review the round and post it out to you so like my page and you will get updates when you like. Thanks.

 

Heres the link to my facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/LucasGolfCoaching/

Wednesday
Jun082016

17/5/16 - Delamere GC. PGA Championship Qualifer - T1st WIN - 71 (-1)

I managed to pick up the win at Delamere and even better I qualified for the National Championships in July at the Oxfordshire. I put into play my 1 hour a day practice and it really paid off with the short game. Delamere is a long course and I am not the longest player but I chipped very well on the day. 

It couldn't of been a worse start with a double bogey on the first but I have had history on this hole (same as last year!) but the difference from last year was real self belief that I could get my score back from there. The very next hole I drained a putt for eagle!

My game was still not as sharp as I want it but I got it round in a colourful way (see the score card below!). It was a shared win but it didn't matter as the most important thing was to get through to the finals which if you perform well has extended perks.....

I have taken a look at my clubs and feel a change is needed and went for an excellent fitting at Fleetwood Golf Club. I have put new irons in the bag and have some time before the next comp on 9th June with a good run of events coming then. I will keep you posted as always!!!! Open qualifying on JUNE 20TH..

Wednesday
May112016

10/5/16 - Lancs PGA Players tour - Harwood Gc - 73 - T6th

After a dismal display at pike fold I set aside 1 hour a day to do more practice. I would love more time but juggling coaching and moving house and expecting my 2nd child, there aren't enough hours in a day! I am still not happy with how my game is feeling and at Harwood I struck the ball very poorly. I had never played the course before and it is defiantly a course you need to play before the tournament. Again, poor preparation on my part. I was lucky enough to be paired with Rick Sheils who had been there the day before shooting one of his youtube video so I was thankful for some guidelines off the tee from him. 

I got off to a bad start and found myself +3 after 4 holes. I was thinking so much about my technique and trying to find a swing to play with. I decided to focus much more on the feel of the shot rather than technique and started to find some better shots. I was extremely happy with my mind set and grinding out a 6th place finish which I was very surprised with considering how poorly I had hit the ball.

 

The course is a tight and tricky one with some very tough (almost unplayable pin placements) so I did feel i left 3/4 out there but happy with the result for now! Playing poorly and still finihsing in the top 10 on a course I had never played before was credit to my "head down and grind through" approach. 

 

Some big events on the way so I must work harder on my long game and also I am going to take a look at my equipment to see if my current clubs are effecting my swing. Will keep you posted. 

Wednesday
May112016

26/4/16 Lancs PGA players tour - Pike Fold - 79 - T35

The 2nd event of the season was at Pike Fold Golf club. It was a freezing and windy day. I have been struggling to get enough practice time in of late and I really struggled at Pike Fold. The course isn't one of my favourite as there is some holes that just don't suit my eye. Never the less I was disanointed with my performance and in particular with some very short putts missed. The course was in good condition so that's no excuse. I will have to set more time for practice and be more structured in my approach to playing. Time to learn, analyise and move onto the next event at Harwood in a couple of weeks. 

 

Wednesday
Apr202016

11/4/16 - season opener- Lanc PGA Fleetwood 73 (+1) T6th

The season was finally here and I was ready for action. The day after the brilliant Masters final day. I had a very colourful day with the score. Conditions were dry but windy. I had been working very hard on my short game and the greens were in good condition to test the new putting stroke. 

I started brilliantly with birdie,birdie for the first 2 holes. I dropped a shot on the par 3, 3rd as I misjudged the wind and flew it a little long over the back. I bounced back to birdie the 4th so -2 through the first 4 holes was a great start. I had 2 double bogies the first coming on a long par 4 into the wind and I hit my drive into a fairway bunker and I was struggling to get up to the green in 3 shots. The next came on the 7th hole again I had 3 wood into a par 4 green and just pulled it slightly but finished out of bounds. 

I kept the score going well and some misjudged approach shots cost me 2 bogies up 16 & 17. All in all I was happy to have 7 birdies in total as the putter was working well but my long game was a little off. I have booked in for a fitting session with my clubs so I am going to look and see if some different launch conditions (spin numbers, shaft flex and head design) can help. 

Onto the next event at Pike Fold on 26/4/16 but feeling confident I can actually hole some putts! 

 

Friday
Apr012016

21/3/16 - Lancashire PGA winter event - Blackpool North - 69 (-2) T4th

Coming back to Blackpool north shore after a solid round in the Lancashire open last year where I had a major blow up on 16 to go from -4 to level in one hole I was looking to rectify that this time round. I was lucky enough to be paired with ex- tour pro Dennis Durniam who was a pleasure to play with and I picked up alot of experience from him. After my last round at St.Annes I had worked on my long game a little more in practice as I felt putting all my time into short game had paid off but my long game had suffered. its so tough to find the balance but I feel I am doing this a lot better now. I dropped a shot on my first hole, although it was playing very tough back into the wind. 

The next hole I hit some absolutle pearlers into the flags with my irons and did feel I was rolling the ball well but had a couple of mis reads. There was a slight wind and sometimes it was difficult to know how much to allow on the putts for the wind. 

I managed to get it to -3 with 3 holes left and went to the 16th with a new plan! I hit the green two after hitting a rescue off the tee for safety. This was the only time in the round my putter let me down missing from 4ft for par and dropping a shot on 16 which is a pretty straight forward hole- aaarrrrgggghhhhh! 

Well its always good to break 70 so I am happy with the game at the moment and the putter is really starting to feel comfortable with my new technique. I had 31 putts so still room to break my target of sub 30 but it will come. 

That's it for the winter comps and now onto the real season! April 11th at fleetwood where I won last year so I have happy memories of this event. My game feels really solid and I am going to use the 2 weeks running up to the event to keep my practice disciplined and sharp! 2016 here we come!!! 

Friday
Apr012016

10/3/16 - Lancashire PGA winter series - St Annes - 71(-1) T8th

Next on the roster was a winter event at St annes old links. It was a cold day but the course was holding up great with the awful weather we have had this winter. The greens were running well, although I played late on and they where starting to get a little bobbely around the hole with all the traffic. I got off to a steady start and nearly holed my 10ft birdie putt on the first but my ball just bobbled off line at the last minuet. I had 4 putts do the same thing during the round and felt like if I had played earlier in the day they would of held their line and gone in. 

My long game was a little off the boil with a steady miss right all round but my chipping was decent enough to save me a couple of times. I had been back for a putting lesson so was looking forward to testing that under tournament conditions after a lot of solid practice. 

I finished the round off well and overall was much happier with my putter having 32 putts for the round which could of easily of been under 30 without the last minuite bobbles. Overall a score under par with the next event to look forward to.  

Tuesday
Feb162016

Portugal - PGA Oversea's Pro -Am Villa Sol

I had a great time in some warmer weather conditions at this years event. I finished in a tie for 12th spot (out of 32). My 3 rounds of 31,32,35 points were a little disappointing, although I did play pretty well all week. 

The first day I was awful on the greens with the putter. To be honest it took me 6 holes to get used to the greens which I found a little "wolley". I missed some very short 4 foot putts that I should of made. I kept myself in the tournament. 

Second day - I played really well again hitting 15 greens in regulation. I did get it going and was -1 through 8 holes. My putting was a lot better after a putter swap and the greens running much smoother. I had 2 really bad holes with the wedge making 2 double bogies. 

Third day - I got off to a good start, -2 through 9 holes. I was still playing some really decent long game and the putter was rolling well. Been -1 with 2 hole to play i finished bogie, bogie with 2 major lip outs on both holes. 

All in all I was very disanointed with my place in the tournament but I felt I learnt so much from the week. My short game was a little rusty and I kind of expected it to be with the weather we have had over the winter. I have found it hard to get out and practice around the green in the conditions. I can't wait until the season kicks in and with a little time spent wit the putter and wedge I will be hitting the ground running. 

Saturday
Jan022016

2015 season review 

It's now January 2016 and due to a pretty hectic schedule my tournament blog got a little back dated. To summarise my playing year I got off to a really good start but slipped a little in the later tournaments. I did manage to represent the Lancashire PGA at the Belfry, which I was incredible proud to do and we finish in 2nd place by 1 shot. 

I have spent time building a personal plan for myself and I am going to improve on last seasons results. My confidence was dented towards the end of the season and it felt like I was holding onto my Order of merit ranking (top 3), instead of looking to challenge the top spot. I went into the season last year full of confidence and this lead to some very good results. I figure that this psychological link, like all aspects of playing great golf has to be worked on. Alongside working with my scoring clubs (putter and wedges), I will also be challenging my way of thinking around golf.

I am off to Portugal at the end of the month with the oversees Lancashire PGA pro am, and instead of wanting to compete I am looking to win. The real difficulty is not saying it but truly beliving it!  

Tuesday
Oct272015

3/8/15 Cheshire Masters - Disley G.C - 71 (+1) T8th 

I headed to Disley for a 2 day event looking for a decent result after a few unsatisfying scores of late. The Greens where absolute lightning fast. It took a few holes to get to grips with these and it did feel like a tappy tappy day on the greens. I made the mistake of leaving myself above the hole on one particular green which was almost impossible to then 2 putt. It was a great ball striking round and a very pleasing finish picking some birdies up after what I can only describe as some odd lost ball costing me a double bogey. Over all a good finish to the round and back on a positive note.