Welcome back to all my friends and supporters. I trust you all had a successful year, a joyous Christmas and may you all stick to your New Year’s resolutions! I have high hopes for 2012 as I am down 10kgs, down 2 pants sizes and am sporting a new summer hair cut...shave...or something!
The year 2011 has been like no other in my life. The highlight - the birth of our second son, Blake Callyn, on the 6th of April 2011. The rest of the year however, I was out of action as I had to undergo an operation in January to re attach the tendon to my bone, near the elbow. I have to admit there was a serious amount of pain, but not as bad as not being able to touch a club for 7 months!! Progress after that was rather slow as I was literally hitting 20 balls three times a week. Once I had loosened up the muscles I moved to playing twice a week and no more to be able to strengthen the tendon slowly. By September I had moved up to 3 and 4 rounds per week. I was hoping to start playing again in November, but due to the doctor’s recommendations, I had to hold out for 2012. My twice weekly sessions with my Sports Therapist have been invaluable in getting the arm in tip top shape again.
I faced my first tournament tee box this year at the Africa Open. Oddly enough it was the very same tournament I had to withdraw from due to my injury! Nerves were not nearly as bad as I had anticipated, but certainly showed in the first 3 holes played. I was 2 over after 3. I could have thrown the ball in for less. I signed for a 1st round score of 74(one over), all things considered not too bad being the first one back. After the 1st round, I was lying 138th and knew I had to shoot low or move on. I spent the evening having dinner with family and was in high spirits despite lying no- where. The second day started off and no matter what I did nothing dropped and I ended up 1 over through 7. The next 11 holes however were a just what I had been praying for. I made 6 birdies and an eagle on the 3rd to make the cut with one to spare! Saturday morning however dawned with me worried sick to my stomach. I must have slept in an odd position, because I could hardly move my arm. I hurried myself off to physio to find out that I had a pinched nerve in my shoulder. I managed to swing the club literally one handed on follow through the whole day and finished up with a 75 (2 over)which I happily accepted. The final round on Sunday was still painful, but at least I could swing it properly. I finished up 3 under for the event and tied 75th.
Tournament 2 – the Joburg Open and The Royal Johannesburg and Kensington CC was as always beautiful. My arm was sorted and I was look forward to it. Unfortunately a shocking start on the tougher East Course (4 over after 5 and 5 over after 7) stunted my chances, but I did manage to pull it back slightly and finish 3 under in the last 11 holes. The 2nd round, afternoon tee off saw me level through 5 before the Joey’s thunderstorms rolled in. We were called off for the day and resumed at 06h30 the next day. I finally signed for a 1 under, but missed the cut by 4 shots.
The last couple of weeks have been filled with focused training and tee off’s at 06h00. I have also gotten involved with the Humewood Thursday School, a great bunch of guys and friendly competitiveness.
Next on the Sunshine Tour list is Di Data, starting on the 16th of Feb at Fancourt. We play Montague, Outeniqua and The Links for the first 3 round and back to Montague for the last round. Three of the best courses in the country and they do reward good ball striking, so let’s hope for the best. From there I will continue on to Johannesburg for the Telkom PGA.
I have the faith to believe that my return home will be a victorious one, which will lend extra celebrations to my next project.
The 2nd Birdi 4 Jemma – Titch Moore Classic will be held on the 3rd of April 2012! We are already full steam ahead with the organising and once again our main prize will be a spot at the Vodacom Origins at Simola (which includes accommodation, meals and 3 rounds of golf with 2 pro’s). Three of my fellow pro’s will be there to entertain, raise funds and assist off the tee’s and I will be able to actively participate this year too. The day is ended off with a gala dinner with live music and auction with some elite items that have already started coming in. Last year we had a full field, so to avoid disappointment, book now! All the information will be accessible by clicking on the Birdi 4 Jemma tab. For those who cannot make it and would like to start supporting my charity, please download the pledge forms for this seasons birdie pledges.
Before I go, I have to thank Tavcor MotoRent for assisting with my car rental for the summer section of the Sunshine Tour. I BIG congratulations to my buddy Lyle Rowe for an awesome start to the season, and I look forward to seeing him continue in this vein. Also to Louis and Gracie (Brandon Grace) for their wins in the opening events of this year!
I look forward to seeing you all on the fairways, tee’s, greens and hopefully at The Titch Moore Classic! Till then.....Happy Golfing!