PGA EuroPro Tour Update from Iain Davie - June 2017
Firstly, can I take the opportunity to thank all of you who have pledged to sponsor me and help to meet the costs of entering the PGA EuroPro events in 2017. I am truly grateful and cannot believe the generosity of all in helping me to meet my objectives and ambition.
To keep all informed I thought I’d provide a brief update on my progress through May and June.
After qualifying at Formby Hall for the final EuroPro qualifying event at Frilford Hall, at the beginning of April, I had a poor first round and left myself too much to do in the second round when I played much better. Unfortunately and disappointingly I missed the cut for the final round, never the less I was still successful in achieving a ranking category for the future EuroPro Tour events this year, not as good a category as I’d hoped but one which still means I should be able to play a number of the 16 events this year.
I have had to be patient waiting for that opportunity, as the first 5 events through May and June have all been over-subscribed, however my patience has been rewarded as I am delighted to inform everyone that I have managed to get into my first EuroPro tour event “The Dawson & Sanderson Classic” event at Longhirst Hall GC in Northumberland on the Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th July. A 54 hole stroke play event over 3 days, 156 players playing 36 holes over the first two days with the leading 50 players plus ties playing the final 18 holes on the Friday. I have planned to go up to Northumberland on Monday 3rd July to prepare and will play two practice rounds, one on Monday and one on Tuesday. A good finish will undoubtedly improve my ranking category and increase my chances for getting into subsequent events.
In the interim period I have been practicing intensely and have:-
• worked hard on my putting and made a few changes to my stroke, it’s getting better but is still an area I need to improve to convert more of the birdie opportunities
• have kept a close eye on my swing/ball striking, which feels in good shape
• bunkers are also an area I am looking to improve, as I don’t “get up and down” often enough
• and on the fitness front I have been to a golf specific trainer and have been working on improving the stability and mobility in my hips and legs through the swing
• I am also considering approaching a sports phycologist, as I feel my scores are not reflecting how well I am actually playing – so may be worth a little “mind coaching”?
I have also entered a number of local Pro-Am events with mixed success so far:
• I tied 4th at Childwell GC with a +2 round winning £75. I played great but had two double bogies.
• I finished a respectable 6th at Hawarden GC also with a +2 round.
• At Hart Common GC I had a bad day at the office finishing +7
• And In the Leeds Cup at Leeds Golf Club I missed the cut
• On June 26th I played in The Open regional qualifying event at Fairhaven. I played pretty well, 2 over par on a tough course, finishing a creditable 24th in a field of 90. I hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation however unfortunately my only two bad strokes of the day cost me 3 shots plus I didn’t have any luck holing any of the many birdie putt opportunities I made; taking 34 putts in the round! I had ambitions to finish high enough to qualify for the final qualifier at Hillside next week but with only 6 players going through on the day it was a tough challenge. Nevertheless I was pleased with the way I played and the quality of my ball striking and am feeling confident with my game going forward to my first EuroPro Tour event next week – just need to hole some putts!
• Finally on Friday 30th June I will be playing in the Charity Pro-Am event at Hazel Grove GC and am looking forward to a good finish at my home club.
Really looking forward to the coming weeks. I will keep you posted.
Thanks again to everyone for their support
PGA Assistant Professional HGGC