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Since my last post I have been into Hornsea Secondary School to teach some budding Rory McIlroys as part of a joint incentive between me, Hornsea Golf Club and The Golf Foundation. We are aiming to introduce as many new juniors to this great game as possible by going into schools and attempting to get them on the pathway to playing golf as a hobby…after all it is a game that you can play into your 90’s! Already we have had one junior improve from not being able to hit the ball in the first week to hitting it between the rugby posts and over the crossbar in week 3…I know some adults who would struggle with that!
Now, for those that know me, playing isn’t the highest priority I have these days, but last Thursday I played in the Ladies Pro-Am at Bridlington Belvedere Golf Club. Although I did not quite play my best I feel as though I played some steady golf and without a little bit of bad luck (bad shots at the wrong times) I could have been considerably lower than the 78 I shot. I had a great day and would like to thank my playing partners Angela, Judith and Cath who put up with me for 5 hours!
On a slightly more serious note the Pro-Am was the first real test of the Pro-Core Shaft dampening insert I got fitted and reported on in last week’s blog. I did not hole as many putts as I would have liked, but I certainly felt I found the middle of the putter more often and found that the strike, in general, was much better. This culminated in 30 putts for the round which is just below my current average of 31 this year. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues and to see if I can get my average number of putts below 30.
The last part of this week’s blog is taken up with the stunning win by Europe in the Ryder Cup. Last week I predicted that it would be a close affair with the USA team been stronger without Tiger Woods…Well, how wrong was I? Despite been 2nd best in the fourballs we showed just how good our team work was by dominating the foursomes 7-1 over the course of the 2 days, which lead to a relatively simple day on the Sunday in the singles. I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the Saturday and I must say what an fantastic experience it was! When we got there at what we thought was fairly early (6am) the course was already heaving, but we managed to get a spot on the side of the first fairway for the opening tee shots. Although we were about 370 yards away, the noise from the first tee was deafening. The atmosphere all day was electric, but we sometime struggled to get a sense of momentum that you will often see on TV, for example, we did not appreciate that Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson had set a new record for number of birdies in a fourball match.
It was an experience of a lifetime which I will never forget and a high 5 from Justin Rose and a cheeky appearance on TV will only add to my memories of a great day out.
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