Reality check

The Jones Cup is over for this year. If there is one winner of the event I think it is fair to say that it is the golf course, the newly renovated Ocean Forest at Sea Island. Dave Ridley, the England coach, reported before the tournament started that the course was the best he had seen and that players would have to have all the shots and putt great. After the second round Dave came back and explained how the course was winning. Players were making doubles and trebles because of not good enough driving where they found it hard to shape the ball both ways as is a must on this course. In the normal Sea Island way the pins were tucked away towards the edges of the greens and our guys lost shots when they tried to hard to get to pins they probably should not have tried for. Hitting the fat part of the green and try to hole some putts is sometimes a very useful strategy!

A number of these England players are already thinking about when to make the move to the professinal game. The information they got from this weekend can be incredibly useful if they use it in the right way – as a reality check. What were the good things? What do I need to improve? How can I do that?

For Jones Cup final results click here.

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