Meeting with a Pro

I have been to Worksop today. In many ways this was quite an experience. A not very big town, somewhere in the middle of the country, with a golf course that is bound to surprise you because it is actually really good. Worksop is, and have always been, home to the World number 5 and newly crowned Portugal Masters Champion Lee Westwood. Today Lee’s challenge was of a different sort as he took on the England squad around the 18 holes at his home club. Lee was kind enough to spend a day with the players that are hoping to one day challenge him for real and it was a day with a true professional these guys got to experience.

He could have chosen to arrive just in time for tee off and he could have just fiddled around the 18 holes without any real effort. The England players would still have loved the opportunity to spend time with a true World Class player. But Lee did not. Over an hour before tee off Lee arrives dressed as if he was out for a day with his most important sponsor and with golf shoes shiny as a newly cleaned window. After a quick introduction with the guys he was off to the driving range for a proper warm up. On the first tee it was Lee that asked what the game was. During the round he was the one shouting “how many under are you guys?” across the fairway. He was not going to give any shots away.

When the day came to an end nine England players had had an experience that money could not have bought them. They had fired numerous questions at somebody who was more than happy to answer and share his experience and the knowledge that he has worked so hard to gain over the years. I wonder how many thousands of pounds Lee actually gave to the English Golf Union today in terms of his time? What I do know is that paying for it would have broken our budget in a heartbeat!

And who won? Well not even the World number 5 could catch Matt Nixon’s 7 under!

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