Date of Birth: 25/08/1982
Home Club: Dainton Park Golf Club
Turned professional in 2012 and was recently awarded the Peter Ward trophy which is given to the most improved assistant in 2013.
Based at Dainton Park, assisting club professional Mike Cayless, he became a father in November last year and is keen to make his mark on the south west pro-circuit.
•Represented Devon in Junior and senior levels
•Beating Chris Wood 8 and 7 in a county singles match!!
•Two time winner of the Cooper cup (amateur champs week)
•Winner of the President’s trophy (amateur champs week)
•Club champion at Bigbury golf club 6 times
•Turned pro off +2
•D.P.G.A winter medal winner Dartmouth Golf and Country Club 2012.
•Runner up D.P.G.A Matchplay championships 2012/2013
•Top five finishes in Race to Woodbury events (Bournemouth Festival 2013 3 under,
•Marstons PGA champs at Saunton 2013 2 under.
•Finished in the top 25 of the race to Woodbury order of merit 2013.
•Completing First year of P.G.A degree
Low round as professional:
•4 under Dudsbury Bournemouth festival 2013
•4 under Woodbury race to Woodbury Pro Am 2013
From Rich - July 2015
I had the opportunity to have a rematch with Steve Buzza from Buzza Golf, please see the videos below!
From Rich - June 2015
'The next event on my 2015 schedule was the West Region Order Of Merit Event at Dudsbury a 2 round Medal with no cut so a great chance to play a couple of solid rounds. The wind blew extremely strong for both days making scoring tricky with the winning score only just beating par. In the first round I had a horrific start with 5 bogeys in the first 7 holes I was however very happy with how I dealt with these and played the remaining 11 holes in 2 under par to leave me in pretty decent shape. In the second round an opening nine of one under par got me in great position, but tough wind mixed with poor mental mistakes cost me lots of bogeys on the back nine finishing the round on 4 over for the round, and 7 over for the tournament which as it turned out actually got me a top twenty finish which wasnt too bad at all.
Next up was the Torquay Pro Am a really fun Pro Am with the course always set up extremely tough. My tee time was first out at 7.40 and WHAT A TEE TIME!! With the rain due in at lunch time I saw an opportunity and thankfully took it! 5 birdies mixed with 3 Bogeys for a score of 2 under. All I could do was wait. The rain started soon after we finished and I felt my chances of winning were improving by the second. Alas it wasnt quite meant to be with a couple of quality players coming in near the end of the field one tied with my score and then Joe Ferguson a Europro tour player scored a fantastic 5 under par to win. But a joint second place was a great result!
Finally this month was a trip to Okehampton a course I have played a couple of times and never quite got to grips with. This was again the case I felt like I hit the ball the best I have all season but probably scored the worst! However the day didn't end up as bad as all that when I won the nearest the pin on Okehamptons indoor simulator, hitting a shot from 150 yards to 1 inch from the hole and winning a nice shiny Cobra Driver.
Thats it for June everybody hope to see you all soon and hopefully on the course!'
From Rich - 6 May 2015
'2015 is here and a brand new season is upon us. A big thank you to everyone at Firewatch for supporting me again this year, The West Region events are just about to kick off from next week and the Assistants Sprint series has just finished. These were four events through the early part of the year.
The first event was at Weston Super and rusty was the word for the day. Strong winds and heavy showers made scoring tough and 42nd place with a score of ten over was not ideal. Next up we played at Cumberwell Park as you may have read last year a course I have had some success at and again played very solidly for a level par round unfortunately everyone had there scoring boots on not least James Ruth an ex European tour player who is now going through his P.G.A degree, he shot a sizzling nine under par hard to keep up with that!! 17th place got me some well deserved order of merit points. Next up a short stroll from my house down to the Warren. Strong winds made scoring tricky and a round of 73 again placed me 17th which was disappointing as this is a course I knew better than anyone in the field! But the golf was solid just a couple of silly mental mistakes. The final event was at St Mellons in Wales a course I knew very little about having never played in Wales, I didnt know what to expect. As it turned out it was a lovely course if a bit short and fiddley! Certainly a course you would play differently the second time you played it. I think everyone thought the same as me and scoring was tricky, I was four over after nine but played a nice back nine holes of two under to finish 2 over and in a share of 4th position,giving good vibes for the next few events.
I will also be competing in matches that will be on Youtube against Steve Buzza of Buzza Golf fame these can easily be found on youtube and will also be posted on my blog so feel free to check those ones out.
Thats it for now see you all on the Links!'