358 yards later, Para Long Drive champion, Mike Gays, Bramptoon Park GC.
The Para Long Drive Cup.
Mike is ten yards ahead of the field after the first four rounds. Another four rounds in the morning.
I am in the USA with my friend Mike Gays who is competing in the World Amputee Long Drive Champs here in Mestique. Stunning.
Good practice round at Enfield Golf Club today ready for my next Jamega Tour event on Monday. A short course with lots of trees and hills. Lets see what Monday brings. Off to The Goggs in Cambridge next for Cambridgeshire County Open on Sunday. But first, back home to edit the recent set of films we shot for Golfshake and Titleist in Scotland.
After my recent tournament on The Alps Tour in Lignano, I met up with Owen Davis from Golfshake and we travelled up to Lake Garda to put together this series of tips on making more birdies. I am usually on the other side of the camera, shooting the film for Golfshake that appears on their website, but this time they asked me to be front of camera. Funnily enough I actually enjoyed presenting and working out the subjects we would focus on in each film. My first year on the Alps Tour has been a steep learning curve and hopefuly some of the tips I have picked up along the way will be useful to others. Give them a try.
Day three was about consolidating yesterdays gains and hopefully moving up the leaderboard. Another six birdies across the eighteen but two bogeys left me at -4 for the day and -11 for the tournament, just five off the lead. A good few days with my game finally coming together and showing that with a little bit extra I can be at the top of the leaderboard in the future.
Owen flew out to Lignano and we are now off to Lake Garda to shoot some footage for Golfshake, before flying back home on Monday evening.
I haven't felt good about my game for a month or so and no matter how hard I tried, nothing clicked. A week at home and slight improvementI felt a bit more confident heading to Italy. Its the third Alps event in Italy and all the courses have been really good and this week is no different.
Tuesdays practice was again a bit of a struggle but I was not doing much wrong so standing on the tee for Thursdays first round, I was not overconfident. The front nine ended up level after being -1 through six so I was a little disapointed. The back 9 started slowly but two birdies on the last four holes got me to -1 for the day, way off the pace at tied in 46th but none the less I was happy with the score.
An early tee of 8.47 for the second round and the conditions were perfect, fresh greens and no wind. A steady start with six straight pars but I was putting well for the first time inwhat seemed like forever. I was challenging the hole with every putt and was unlucky not to be a couple under. The 16th is a par 5 dog leg left to right which I had birdied in the first round, this time I went one better and chipped in from off the green for an eagle, more like the old me.. I finished the first nine at -2 and made four birdies on the back for a -6 (66) one of the lowest scores of the day. This was a massive confidence builder and hopefully I can build on this for tomorrows final round, but at least I made the cut by a huge margin from where I was after round one..
Round one was the usual run of pars, bogeys and birdies, but not enough birdies to make any impact. Finished the day at 1 under. Outrageous score by the local Italian player of 10 under.
Will see what tomorrow brings.
A final practice yesterday at Brampton but still not enough birdies, keep plugging away.
5am arrival at Stansted for the flight to Italy and hit a queue over a mile long on the run up to the terminal and as usual when you get to the end, there is no obvious reason for it. 5am, for heavens sake. As a result they didn't want to let me on the flight but eventually with very little time left they took my clubs etc and then I had to leg it through security and down to gate 92 of 93. What a start to the week.
Well after a frustrating couple of tournaments struggling to put together consistent rounds it is back to one of my home courses for the TP Tour. I have been practising on various elements of my game to try and get myself playing consistently and well.
Three pars, a couple of birdies and a further par gave a steady start but then followed an infuriating dropped shot on the par 3, 7th. A further ten pars and another birdie gave a reasonable score of two under but short of the seven under when I won this tournament in 2016. But to be positive, the practice seems to have paid off and I am shooting under par again but I just need to convert some of the many pars into birdies to get myself in contention on the Alps Tour.
Off to Venice again on Monday for the next Alps event and I will probably get a check over with my coach to try and iron out any little problems before then.
Heading for the ferry on Monday morning to drive down through France with a couple of the other Alps golfers. Saint Malo this week for a four day comp plus I have been invited to play in the Pro-Am on Wednesday. Lets hope the weather is a lot cooler than the mid thirties when I was playing in France a couple of weeks ago.