Here is an update on how things are going so far this season.
I’ve been back home in the UK about 3½ weeks after returning home from university in the USA. After a good start to the season winning the Castle Royle Masters, my next regional event was played yesterday (12th June) in the Frilford Heath Gold Medal, a title I captured for the first time last year in 2012.
I’ve always had good feelings when stepping onto the course at Frilford Heath and with a slight change up in courses this year (Green and Red), I knew I’d have to stay focused for the entire 36 holes in order to have a chance of retaining my title. The weather was quite tough, with winds gusting up to 25-30mph at times, it was tough to control the golf ball. After a good grind in the morning round and a solid finish with 2 birdies in the last 3 holes of the Green, I carded a 68 (-1) which ended up being 1 behind the leader. The afternoon round began well after sinking a 40ft eagle putt on the par 5, 2nd hole of the Red course. I maintained focus throughout the round getting to -3 for the round with a few holes to go, with my putter behaving exceptionally well. I held onto a decent score of 70 (-2) for the afternoon round carding a total of 138.
I’m happy to report that I successfully defended my title of the Frilford Heath Gold Medal, winning by a margin of 4 shots. This is the first time the title has been retained since 1987 and am very honoured to have done so. With 2 tournament wins so early in the season, I look to continue to build upon these and hopefully get my hands on a national title this year.
A big thank you to all of you who continue to support me and a special thank you to Rob Watts and Gordon Jones for all your professional and administrative efforts that have helped me get this far.
Thanks for reading!