The latest blog installment from Assistant PGA Professional John Jackson
Well the golf season is finally here and a lot has happened since my last blog a few weeks ago. On the 20th March, I played my first tournament of the year at Weston Super Mare in the PGA Titleist Assistants. It was great to get back on the golf course and get the competitive juices flowing.
Weston Super Mare is a links course for anyone who hasn't played it, and actually is a decent course.
It was a windy and tough day at Weston, which was not the ideal start to the season. Although the conditions were quite tough I was pleasantly surprised with how I played. I scored a 79, which is not great, but I felt I played much better than I scored. I hit the ball solidly, but took too many putts on the greens, and a slip of concentration on the 17th saw me walk off with a triple bogey 6 at what is a relatively simple par 3.
I tied for 33rd and hopefully this is something I can build on. I realise I won’t be a tour player, but I still enjoy to compete and practice. There is nothing better than shooting a good score and playing well in a tournament. Hopefully once I get my exams out of the way, I can then focus my time on playing and hopefully winning some money.
For the time being though my main priority is to pass my exams at the end of April. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the exams, but I am looking forward to getting them over and done with.
I also found out the other week that I passed my club fitting exam I did while on my residential at the Belfry which was great news. You had to get 75 out of 100 to pass and luckily I managed to get the job done. For some assistants though, this wasn’t the case. In fact, one lad walked out half way through his exam because he had put the ferule on the wrong way round and couldn’t get it off! Poor lad will have to re-sit in August which is the last thing you want to do, especially when there’s tournaments to play in.
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Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email email@example.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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