Moving on…

What a weekend it was! England brought home the silver medals in the European Championships after falling short in the final against Ireland and there were a number of other English winners in the golf world. On the European Tour Ross Fisher won in style by 7 shots and on the Challenge Tour David Horsey won for the second time in three weeks. In the order of merit there are now two English players leading the way; Dave Horsey and Seve Benson. Big things happened also in women’s golf where two English players battled it out for the English Ladies Open title. Rebecca Hudson just beat Melissa Read thanks to a stunning last round 64.

This week it is time for the England Boys’ Team to put themselves to the test in the European Championships. I have asked the coach, Paul Ashwell to do a daily report and here is his summary of the first couple of days of practice;

European Boys Team Championship
Bled GC, Slovenia.
Practice Days; Sun 6- Mon 7 July

Please note we visited Bled for a training camp in April so the players already have some experience of the course. On our first practice day we had afternoon tee times so we used the morning for practice. This allowed for some one to one time with each player and to help with any concerns they may have. During the practice round we introduced a simple competitive element to encourage hitting fairways and greens; score a point for each. Then practiced lots of chipping and putting around the greens, playing to a variety of pin positions. The players were encouraged to add useful details to their Course Planner and begin to plan the best way to play each hole.

During the evening we held a team meeting where the players were reminded of their playing achievements to date and we outlined our goals for the week. Last year we won the Silver Medal and believe we can go one better this time. We see the event as three separate stages 1) Practice Days, 2) Stroke play, 3) Match play. Our intention is to complete each stage as well as we can and then re focus on the next stage.

During the second practice day we introduced a competition between our two three balls. First 6 holes; one score on each hole to count. Next 6 holes; two scores to count. Final 6 holes; all three score to count. In addition the players continued to refine their planners and game plans. The team are in good form and looking forward to the stroke play stage.

The Opening Ceremony took place on Tuesday evening.

Paul Ashwell, Lead Coach England U18`s.

If the live scoring is anything like last week it won’t be easy to follow the results but they are supposed to be updated on the following link

If you are in need for some inspiration, why not have a look at this Youtube clip based on Rosevelt’s ‘The man in the arena’ from 1910.

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