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 !
Golf is a great sport for the physical and mental challenges we have to beat. But it’s also great for the way that even in a competitive environment we get to know and make friends with our competitors.
I want to say a big congratulations to Joel for hitting a par round of 27. Fingers crossed he gets to qualify for St Andrews.
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.
Congratulations to my playing partner Josh Davies who today in the Surrey Rookie Tour event held at Hoebridge Golf Centre hit his first ever hole in one. It happened on the 97 yd 18th hole. It was the first time I have witnessed live a hole in one.
As a celebration he bought me a freezing cold lime green slush puppy !
Today I shot eight over on this 18 hole par 3 course. It’s ok but not a brilliant score. I want to thank Silvermere Golf Store for loaning me a Scotty Cameron putter yesterday evening while my Odyssey two ball is being fixed. It broke in the middle of my round yesterday at the South and West Wee Wonders regional final held at Farrington Golf Club in Somerset.
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.