Wednesday
Apr292015

Knott end - Lancashire PGA - 70, 20/4/15

After a flying start to the season, I was looking forward to the 2nd event in the order of merit. We got a lovely day for the event, with a sunny and calm day. I was feeling a little nervous on the 1st tee which is something I don't usually feel but I really wanted to keep up the good start from Fleetwood. I got off to a steady par start on the 1st but did drop a shot on the 2nd however at 218 yard par 3, I wasn't too worried. As the round went on, I was playing pretty solid but nothing was really going amazingly well. It was one of those rounds that never got going, everytime I made birdie, I seemed to drop a shot. Coming to the end of the round, I started to push a little and stood -1 on the 18th, I aimed at a gorse bush in the distance (expecting the fairway to kick the ball right off the slope) and unfortunately ended up straight in it, leading to a double bogey 6 on the last, to finish with a +1 70 for a T11 finish. Overall not playing great to still shoot 70 (finishing 4 off the pace) I was happy. I would like to again extend my thanks to Lancaster Volkswagen for their sponsorship this season. 

 

Saturday
Apr042015

PLAYERS TOUR - FLEETWOOD - 67, 2/4/15 (order of merit season opener!) WINNER!

An absolutely stunning day greeted us for the first counting event of the season. I had finally dried off from Fairhaven two days previous and felt fully ready for the event. It was very rare to play Fleetwood with no wind and they had placed us of the very back tees. It may sound strange but the course seemed to play harder with no wind as its a course designed to be played in the wind with some holes playing down wind and some holes into the breeze. I got off to a steady start with a birdie up the first. on the 3rd my ball found a bunker with some standing water in it - after taking a free drop (in the bunker) my ball plugged so a bogey wasn't too bad there. I played some great long game with no real surprise as my swing has felt "in tune" all winter but no luck on the greens. I started to roll the ball well and some putts started to fall. The back 9 was a "birdie fest!" I was so happy with my -5 (67) and waited to see if it could be beaten.

All the scores came in and I finished 1st to take the win (shared) and lead the order of merit after the first event. I cannot wait for the rest of the season!

 

 

 

Saturday
Apr042015

WINTER SERIES - FAIRHAVEN 31/3/15

This was the last warm up before the first order of merit event at Fleetwood in two days. The weather was awful and having never played the course before I was looking forward to seeing what lay ahead. I managed to have a steady round of +4 (77). I got off to a very slow start and lost a ball up the 5th meaning I was +4 after 5 holes. With the weather been so bad (50 mph winds, rain and hail) it was a day for steady pars! I had to really grind and fight out some shots and having gone out in 40 I knuckled down to a level par back 9 of 37. I was happy with my game and really figured some things out. I left feeling positive and ready for the first event of the season two days later at Fleetwood.

 

Tuesday
Mar102015

Winter Series - St Anne's Old Links - 5/3/15

The Winter Series is drawing to an end soon (March 31st) so it's the last few chance to shake the cobwebs off! We got a cold and windy day AGAIN but the scoring was still good. I managed a 73 but the frustration is continuing on the greens! I knocked it to 3 foot 5 times but only managed to hole 1 putt all day. The long game and short is looking very tidy, I just think my golf ball is afraid of the dark and doesn't want to fall into the hole. I worked on staying patient but my putter would of found a bin if there was one near by on the 12th hole. 

I have started working on my technique and routine for putts and so far clocked up 7 hours in 3 days. With plenty more to come! I know from working on my short game over the winter that there is no secrets - it's just hard work! 

I have a couple of weeks until my next outing, then they come thick and fast......

   

       

 

 

Sunday
Mar012015

Winter series event - Fleetwood 26/2/15

The next leg of our Lancashire PGA winter series took place at Fleetwood. I like the course as it plays like a true links, with very fair holes and I can honestly say all holes are rememberable. The weather conditions early morning where dreadful - cold, windy and wet! 

Luckily the rain was forecast to stop at 10.30 which it did, so my 10.42 tee time was rain free but it was still a 3 club wind and cold! 

I arrived still feeling a little "rusty" due to an unbelievably busy February (completing 116 lessons over the month!). I got off to a steady start with 2 regulation pars, a 4ft par putt missed on 3 but feeling very good over the ball and controlling the trajectory and spin which is key when playing in the wind. 

I finished the front 9 with a pretty awesome 4iron into the 8th hole, rolled that putt in for a birdie and pared 9 for a level par 34. A very similar back 9 followed with a lot of regulation pars. I knew coming down the stretch I had a decent score on but it's always hard to gage what the winning number will be. Unfortunately for me my old putting ways crept up on me with a 3 putt on 16 & 17 with some tentative putts struggling to get up to the hole costing me two late bogeys. A 5ft birdie putt on the last gave me a chance but just lipped out to finish with a 74 (+2) and tied for 8th.

 

all in all a very respectable score. I am looking forward to getting some putting work done in March, I missed 6 times from under 5ft but this is a kind of shot when your playing a lot you knock in without thinking. So a very positive day with 14 fairways hit, 15 greens in reg, 36 putts (however should of been 30 with a little tidying up!) 

 

roll on next Thursday! 

 

Wednesday
Feb182015

Winter series event - Formby 11/2/15

Abit of a frustrating day with regards to score (76, + 5) but a lot of positives to take from the round. I arrived on the day feeling a little rusty as due to my unlimited lessons offer in February I have been totally fully booked with coaching, not leaving myself anytime to be practicing. Having done a lot of work on pitching and putting over the winter I was still hoping for a decent score. 

We had a pretty good day for the event with no wind a little cold but conditions were set for a low one! I got off to awful start after leaving myself 64 yards into the 1st hole, I pitched it a foot from the pin but hit a downslope and it ran through the back if the green. Feeling confident with the putter, I charged the first putt 7 ft past the hole, missed the next 2 and walked off the green 4 putts later, to a double bogey 6! Not the start I was looking for. 

The next 2 holes I recovered well to go birdie, birdie and get the score back to level. Some excellent approach shots gave me a couple more chances on 4&5 but I couldn't quite get the ball rolling in then came the 6th hole! This is where the wheels fell off a little.........

I played a couple of solid shots to this short par 4 and left myself 3 ft putt for par- just as I was starting my stroke a ball flew straight onto the green pitching a yard away from me from the group behind. Knowing who had hit the shot I was fuming and went to have a few words! The worst thing was, I let this anger carry forward to my next tee shot! I hooked the ball into some thick heather rough on a short par 5! Having a clouded mind a took on the 200 yard rescue from thick rough (this was such a bad shot choice as my distance control from 100 yards had been awesome that day) this hole cost me a 7 (+2) for the hole where a birdie 4 would of been expected! 

Again I bounced back well to birdie the following hole but my head was still clouded following the "near death" experience 2 holes previously! 

 

The back 9 was pretty solid and only a couple of loose tee shots (which is an unusual thing for my game) as my driver is probably a big strength of my game but having not spent anytime working on it was possibly a little rusty also. 

 

Never the less - after looking back on it my putting didn't sound great with the stats of 37 putts but I was pleased to get every putt past the hole for a change. I am going to need to work on some 3/4 footers for my next outing at Fleetwood on the 26th. This round also taught me that leaving some emotions behind on the holes are harder than it looks! 

 

All in all - I was very happy with my distance control and a more aggressive style of putting, considering I average around 28 putts a round and took 37 the score could of been a little different! 

Wednesday
Feb182015

Review of 2014 Season 

Having finished off the 2014 season with some positive results, with some particular highlights been a successful Regional British Open Qualifier at Clitheroe, and finishing in the top 10 order of merit for the Lancashire PGA its time to work towards the 2015 season.

I have spent time with my caddie reviewing some rounds from last season and we discussed areas to improve. We both highlighted the short game (100 yards and in) and my mindset during rounds.

We found that with my consistent driving I wasn't capitalising on shorter Par 4's with a pitch and putt, or saving my round with a solid up & down for par. With this in mind, I have spent this winter focusing my practice time with wedges and putter in hand.

In terms of my pscychology work and probably an area I need to "focus" more, I have decided to be a little more aggressive with my play. My caddie and I had a little count of how many putts I have left short in recent rounds and it was ALOT......... I made my New Years resolutions this year to not leave anymore putts short!

There are a few Lancashire Winter series events coming up, so I will be updating my progress and rounds to come.  

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