What a cracking weekend we have had, I hope you have managed to get out for a game? I managed to get out for a game on Saturday afternoon with Joe Palmer and Stretton, and I must say I thought the course was in great condition. I played a pretty steady front nine with seven pars and two bogies, but I knew I needed to be a couple of shots better. The back nine at Hornsea played extremely tough with 14, 15 and 16 into the wind I tried to hit the ball a bit hard to make up for the wind and sadly didn't quite get away with it. I walked off with an 80, which did not feel like a total disaster.
The Texas Scramble is a great format and the shotgun start means there is always a good atmosphere in the clubhouse afterwards, I am already looking forward to the Yellow Peril on the 6th June.
As mentioned above it has been a glorious weekend for golf and over the last couple of weeks there has been stories in the golfing news about allowing tour players to play in shorts and whether they should be allowed. You may remember from earlier in the year tour players were allowed to wear shorts in Pro-Ams, which was widely welcomed by the players. Surely it is only a matter of time before they are allowed to play full competitions in shorts…really, what harm does it do? We live in a time where the numbers in golf are on the decline, which means we have to look to inspire young people to take up the game. How inspired are young people going to be if the have to wear trousers for sport? When I was younger the first thing I wanted to do was get out of my school uniform and I compare this to wearing trousers for golf… what child wants to wear school trousers outside school? Surely children are going to be a bit more inspired if they can see top players wearing much more casual clothes to compete in? I am not advocating football shirts on a golf course, but when things change at the pinnacle of the game it will inevitably filter down to the rest of us in the sport.
Within the last year I have fallen foul of the no short rule in competitions which, at the time I was very annoyed about, especially as I had played in Professional events in shorts before. I am pretty sure I did not offend anyone when I did play in shorts and I was certainly more comfortable!!!
Over last couple of months I have written about a friend on mine who is collecting shoes for charity and I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who has donated. Leigh Gawley recently dropped me a big bag off, so it's only fair that I let you know about his silly challenge for this year. Along with Joe Palmer he is attempting to play 150 holes of golf in a day for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). To give you an idea of how much of a challenge this is have a look at some of the below stats:
- 150 holes is the equivalent of a 45 mile walk
- 8 sub 2 hour rounds starting at 4am
- Leigh is aiming for 8 rounds of 80 shots or less, meaning approximately 660 swings!
- Joe is looking to break 85 for each round so he will be looking at over 700 swings
- Their training is tough enough as they are doing speed rounds with the aim of getting use to doing sub 2 hour rounds
- On the May bank holiday they are going to attempt 4 rounds in a day to further test themselves!
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