Held on the Strathyrum course at St Andrews, Thierry came 19th in a field of 30 with two rounds of 12 over par over the weekend tournament. The field of 30 competitors had all qualified through regional events and finals.
Thierry got to the Grand Final after attending 10 qualifying and 9 regional finals around the UK over the last 14 months. He travelled 8500 miles in that time, never once complaining, with a focus to get to play at St Andrews.
As a result of getting through to the Grand Final, Thierry is through to the US Kids European Finals to be held in Scotland in May 2019. Can’t wait for that experience !
Thierry showed bouncebackability on Sunday with an 11th place out of 40 at the Surrey Rookie Tour event held on the 18 hole par three course at Hoebridge Golf Centre.
The Wee Wonder regional final at Farrington Park Golf Club the previous day was a bit of a nightmare on the putting front with Thierry hitting seven of the greens in regulation but suffering from a quadruple and two triple putts. It was only afterwards he noticed that the metal foil on the face of his club had coiled off and was perhaps affecting the roll of the ball. It’s the second time the foil has done that.
After a dash back to Silvermere in the early evening, the pro shop guys there lent Thierry a replacement club while they looked at options on his Odyssey club.
As Thierry’s card above from the Sunday competition shows, he started with 6 pars and then yo yo’d through the rest of the round with a couple of double bogeys, two birdies and the rest.
All in all a good round and his best Rookie Tour placing. It’s amazing what a loaned Scotty Cameron putter can do for the confidence !
A few days later we were back to Silvermere to decide what to replace the old putter with.
My dad and I have just been informed that I have qualified for the East Regional Final for Wee Wonders. On Sunday we went to Ingrebourne Golf Club in Essex. It was an inland links golf course, well that’s what they said and it was brand new! So we had no idea what to expect.
Below are the six regional qualifiers I’ve played at and regional finals I will play at.
The last three weeks has been a wild journey that I’m happy to share with you guys. I’ve travelled thousands of miles playing loads of golf competitions including a number of Wee Wonders regional qualifiers and enjoyed every minute of fun. There have been a few times on course that have let me down, but the ups are much better than the downs ! Almost got a slam dunk hole in one too.
In three weeks I have played the following courses, mostly chasing Wee Wonders regional qualifications.
The 13th hole at Torphins Golf Club is the most elevated tee box on the course. It gives 360 degree views of the surrounding Royal Deeside countryside and in the distance the large mountains of the Cairngorms.
The hole is a 237 yard (from yellow tees) par 3.
Watch the video below to see my tee shot to the edge of green. Dad didn’t catch the the two other strokes where I parred the hole. Seriously bad camera work….
In the picture below with me are my playing partners Joel & William.
Thanks to dad for photographing me with my eyes closed !
Firstly I want to say I’m coming back to this course to play it again. I enjoyed it but people told us that the back 9 were even better that the front nine we played. I had a tricky start to the round going 6 over after three holes as you can see from the card below.
Then I started to get it together with three birdies over the next four holes finishing with a score of four over.
At the Wentworth BMW European Tour event I got to speak with Titleist specialists. They were really helpful in telling me the difference between the various Titleist golf balls.
Amazingly I found out that there is only about a four yard difference across their range in the distance the ball travels from a driver shot. Yepp that’s from DT Trusoft all the way up to Pro V1.
The major differences in the types of ball are to do with Flight, Spin & Feel.
For example a Pro V1 flies lower than a Pro V1x. A Pro V1 feels softer than its Pro V1x counterpart. Finally the Pro V1 spins less than the Pro V1x on iron and short game shots.
To sum it up a Pro V1x will typically launch higher and have a steeper angle of descent than the Pro V1. The Pro V1 has a more penetrating flight and therefore due to its shallower angle of descent will roll more when it hits the ground.
The Titleist guys were really friendly and gave us samples of the two balls to try. I’m going to continue to try the Pro V1x balls. They help with my launch height which is something I’m still working on with my swing. My dad on the other hand still prefers the DT Trusoft because he likes the feel when playing irons and wedges. Let’s face it, he gets to use his irons and wedges a lot in a round 😉
I came second today in the Wee Wonders Midlands qualifier at Willesley Park Golf Club. We had torrential rain and finished on the seventh hole with results counting for the first five holes. I came in one over par and the winner was two under. I’m pretty happy with the result because my driving from the tee is not great at the moment.