Thought it was time I started blogging since I have now started my warm weather training out in Spain. I arrived to Alicante on Saturday evening after a rather bumpy landing and my adopted Spanish family were there to pick me up and took me for a traditional weekend dinner, a curry! On Sunday I settled in and spent the day catching up with the Hosie´s. They have been kind enough to offer me a bed and golf access for my 7 weeks in La Manga and in return I help them with their golf academies. This is a great way for me to practice in the sunshine and kick start my season. I shall also be playing in several Evolve Golf events to test myself before the Access Series starts in March. Evolve is a mini tour based in the Murcia golf region and a great way to start the competitive season before everyone at home and play on some of the best golf courses in Spain.
Monday was my first day back “at the office” and it wasn´t as rough as I expected. I made two birdies and drove the ball particularly well considering most of January was spent indoors using Flight Scope at Carnoustie. The greens were a speedy 12 on the stimp so it took a couple of holes to get the speed but after that I was quite pleased with my putting. I had the pleasure of playing with a European Tour player, Liam Bond, as he was having a practice round for the Evolve event this week. My boss, Scott and fellow workmate Lee made up the four ball and needless to say, myself and Liam took the cash. A rather unfair pairing some might say 🙂 It was great to play with someone like Liam and to listen to what he had to say about his career and I liked his mentality towards the game. He was very composed and knew exactly what he was trying to do on every shot. I really enjoyed my first day back because although there was lots of good golf being played it was still very relaxed and lots of banter throughout the round was had. It helped on the last when I out drove all the guys and holed a nice 15 footer.
Yesterday I had the morning to practice, so I took advantage of the superb short game facilities at La Manga Club and worked on my pitching and putting. I pretty much had the place to myself so I was able to get creative and see exactly where everything was with my short game after a rather long 6 weeks at home. Thankfully after a little while everything seemed pretty good and I now have a solid idea of what to work on in the coming weeks. In the afternoon we had to attend a food tasting for the clients arriving this weekend and got to sample some of the best Paella around! It´s a tough life but someones gotta do it! I did go to the gym in the evening to rectify the 4 deserts I tasted.
Today felt like home with the 60kmph winds we had, so golf was cut short and we only managed to play 7 holes. I think it was a good decision to walk in after hitting my driver at a par 3, 169 yards! I had the pleasure of playing with the new director of golf at La Manga, Gary Silcock. Gary used to be an assistant at Panmure and we know many of the same people. It really is a small world!
Well I have gone on a bit but I thought I would fill you in on the last couple of days for anyone who is interested. I have attached a couple of photos just to emphasise the sunshine factor and the glorious food I sampled yesterday.
Hope you are all well and will be in touch soon.