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Well, as 2017 draws to a close I figured it'd be a good idea to reflect on what has been, all in all a successful, and prosperous year for myself.

From a playing perspective it has been a strange year, during the height of the season my motivation levels dropped, meaning that I have probably played the least amount of golf this year since I joined Hickleton in 2009. Nevertheless, strangely it has been my most successful year as a professional! I was able to record 3 top 10 finishes in the 7 events I competed in on the Yorkshire PGA Tour, albeit not playing to the standard I would have liked, however due to the lack of practice and commitment I showed this year it was a more than welcomed return.

I believe the main reason for my lack of ambition to play can be attributed to my growing love to teach and to grow the game. This year I found that between studying and working in the shop I devoted most of my time to coaching, and that time was split between a variety of sessions at Hickleton, and class coaching including after school clubs in schools within the Doncaster area.

My personal highlight from my coaching year was the success of my summer golf camp. On this day in August, 16 aspiring junior golfers attended a day which consisted of practice on all aspects of the game, multi sports including a game of football, and finally a 2 hole on course demonstration followed by a prize presentation.

From a coach's point of view it was very humbling to hear the kind words from parents and members alike after the event, and more so to see the joy and enthusiasm shown by the participating juniors throughout.

2017 was also the year I achieved my ASQ level 2 coaching qualification which is something I am very proud of, and moving into 2018 I am looking forward to completing the PGA training program and progressing my career even further.

This I would list as my main goal for 2018, in addition to continuing to further my development as a coach, dedicating more time to practicing, playing and competing more in professional events and in general to keep working hard, overseeing the progress of the juniors at Hickleton.

I wish you all the very best for 2018,


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