Morocco Tournament Review
Firstly, a personal welcome to my new website which I’m really pleased with. A big thanks to Vinny at Redhead Media who has done it all for me!
In the build up to my first LET event of the year, owing to the constant wet weather in England, I travelled to Spain for 5 days of dry/warm weather training!
This was possible due to my home club, Cowdray Park, having a link to Estepona Golf Club. I couldn’t have wished to have been any more well looked after than I was. A big thanks to Phil Stevens and Jason at Cowdray for setting this up and especially to Rory who runs Estepona. The staff there are so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Can’t wait to go back! It was a great few days work on a course in good condition, the greens especially!!
The weather was dry and warm and playing/practicing golf in 2 layers as opposed to 4/5, sure does make a difference!
I took a fellow Pro with me which was helpful and we worked hard all day, every day – mainly out on the course to build up my sharpness for Morocco.
I had a week back at home before setting off again. A friend from Cowdray kindly came out to caddy for me – thank you Lil!! You survived carrying the bag!
We arrived on Monday and played 9 holes that afternoon. The course was nice and in pretty good condition. Tuesday was Pro am day so playing practice was very limited, we walked the back 9 and practiced on the range etc.
Wednesday was another practice round and I was feeling good.
The warm up on the range prior to my first round on Thursday was the best I have struck it for ages!! Chipping was good and holing out on the putting green, solid.
So off we went… Again, I drove it great and struck it pretty well but unfortunately had 6 silly bogies. I’m not going to go in to it apart from saying I struggled big time reading the greens but needless to say I was very disappointed.
The second round I got off to a good start by birdieing my first hole. I then had 3 birdie putts in the next four holes or so that I was picking out of the hole until they decided not to drop, somehow!! Still frustrates me!!
My front 9 I was 2 under but on the back I shot over par. This was down to missing a couple of putts n then leaving putts short :-/ Frustrating.
So, I had missed the cut having been really happy with my driving and ball striking. I even felt like I was stroking the putts alright but I think a visit to Specsavers may be on my ‘to do’ list!!
Some of the holes had tight landing spots off the tee so that was a big positive for me – the fact I split quite a few fairways! I love my G25 Driver – the difference a shaft can make!!
Obviously, I’m gutted at the final result but I have to remember all the good stuff I did and realise that it was my first tournament since Q School. At least too I’ve blown off a bit of rust!!
I will now continue to work hard with Gareth and Louise as I strongly believe we’re on the right track!! Physically, I felt good and strong and had no Shoulder/Thumb pain…
Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement, It was a great event to play in and I really enjoyed being back on tour…
Onwards and upwards!!!
Below – looking from just in front of the 18th tee. Par 3