Tournament Update – April 2014

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Well my season has now officially started and I’ve played my first two competitive tournaments of the season, and in keeping with the Scottish weather I managed to get burnt during one round and then the following day had the waterproofs and woolly hat on.

On Wednesday 23rd of April I played at Crief GC in the Scottish PGA Championship Qualifier, there was 18 spots available on the day. I played really solid and never put myself into much trouble but failed to take advantage of the par 5s on the front 9, however a birdie on the 15th gave me some breathing space and steered my way home from there to shoot level par 71 (2birdies,2bogeys) and qualify in 9th place and progress onto the Scottish PGA Championships at Gleneagles starting on 5th May.

The following week I travelled over to play the Order of Merit Event at Dundonald which was brilliantly run and sponsored by P&H.

Round 1- 76- I really played solid all day but 2 x 3putts and a ball in the water on 18th took the shine of the round and left me lots to do to make the cut. That night I spent 2hours hitting balls trying to work on my game and build confidence for round 2.

Round 2- 72- I hit 15 greens and really if the putter had been warmer it could have been really good round, all day I kept the ball in play and gave myself lots of chances. The cut came at +4 and after a 4hour wait I was delighted to make the cut and get through to pay day.

Round 3- 78- Very poor short game, I had 4 x 3putts where I really struggled to judge pace and break leaving myself to much work to do, I did manage to recover the round with birdies at 11th and 12th but decided to attack the par 5 14th which ended in a defeat to a gorse bush and a 7 was the end result which took the shine of a great week.

All in all its been great to get out compete-ting again and my game doesn’t feel to far away but some work on my game from inside 120 yards is key and learn to stop throwing shots away if I’m to do well at Gleneagles next week.