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4th place finish in South Africa!

Date: 20/10/2014

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At last, some good news! I am on my way home from South Africa where I have just finished 4th!!!! Yay!!! Ironically it was the most unplanned last minute trip of the year too. I am absolutely delighted and haven't stopped smiling on both 8 hour trips through Dubai!( which takes some doing!!) Not only did I play better and better as the week progressed but I managed to roll in a 15 footer on the last to secure 4th place and probably my full card straight back on the LET next year. The difference in holing that putt on 18 and not holing it was approximately 6000....gulp! I haven't seen any of the coverage but my friends on the plane home are all pulling my leg for the celebration I did...I think there's a cringeworthy fist pump to sit through at some point....

I can't begin to tell you how happy I am with my new swing, it stood up under the pressure and I was able to hit the shots I wanted to hit. It has taken lots of work with my new coach John Ayre at Woodsome Hall and a hell of a lot of belief in myself before I have started to see results but thankfully I am back where I want to be, contending! I have done lots of work with our tour Osteopaths Chris and Ricky this year too who have also contributed in making me a better player. The main thing though that has knocked shots off my scores is my new putting posture. John and I have tried to take my elbows out of my putting stroke by gripping down the putter and what a difference that has made. It has taken some changing but this week it felt comfortable for the first time on the course and has improved my stroke and control of the putt no end.

I am on the plane home and have less than an hour left till I see my parents at Manchester Airport. They have been a tremendous support through these tough times and I can't wait to see their smiling faces and start the celebration.

This week has just fit into place from getting a good flight late to only just finding some accommodation with members days before I arrived, to having a great draw. Bob & Allyson Thomas have housed me at Southbroom this week and what a very special couple they are. We hit it off straight away and it has been so relaxed, and such a very enjoyable week. I have met their friends, been spoilt with some lovely food and they even had an in house coffee machine, if you know me, it doesn't get any better than that, I LOVE my coffee! I also had the best sea view i think i have ever had anywhere in the world. From there I watched probably 20 whales throughout the week splash about in the Ocean...truly amazing to see. What a spot, I wish you the best of luck with your house renovations and can't wait to see the finished product. Can't thank you enough for looking after me so well!

By the way we raised 115 for MacMillan when I had my coffee morning in September. Not a bad effort from all my friends, neighbours and family. Well done everyone!

I just want to say thank you for all the messages I have received on Facebook and my phone, I'm blown away, thank you!


Tenerife!

Date: 21/09/2014

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On another plane to Tenerife for the Spanish Ladies open. It's been a while since my last update..(this is just for you Alistair!) Unfortunately I've had a few missed cuts, despite feeling much more confident in my golf swing! I've been around the cut and missed by one or two by making silly error's on the course. Unfortunately Sweden last week was a different story, I picked up a flu bug that is going around the tour, ( either that or the bloody ice bucket challenge I did.) I was really ill and did well to play 2 days in the end! The swing was there but the focus was sadly missing!
It has amazed me how long the changes I have made take to become natural on the course. For a few weeks now on tour I have had the game to score but have been in my own way.. Of course this is a huge part of the game and one I have to address immediately if I am going to be able to shoot the scores I want to. Confidence is an amazing creature, when your full of it there seems to be nothing that would bring you out of an upward spiral. But when your confidence has been knocked being able to repair it takes time and is so very difficult! You don't go for shots you think you can pull off, instead you get by, probably causing you more mistakes than believing in yourself and going for it! This week I have vowed to take on the shots I think I can, believe 100% in my own ability and see where that leaves me at the end of the week. There has been so much hard work and so many great changes that it would be criminal not to start to take advantage of that and finish the job.
I managed to make the cut this week in Tenerife. I shot 4 over the first day, despite playing very well! I made the turn in 1 under par and have to talk you through this next shot because I still can't believe what happened. At Costa Adeje GC there are little low walls everywhere across the fairways, I believe it was a bananna plantation before being a golf course. Anyway I hit my drive up the par 5 first hole then hit a 3 wood second shot. I caught it off the bottom of the club so it went like a bullet but only 4 feet high! It hit the top of the wall at speed and the ball pinged off at right angles 100 yards left into the rubbish. When I found it, among the lava rock, my only option was back to where I had hit from and try again! It cost me an 8!!! Dramas like that are unfortunately happening to me at the moment but i managed to shoot level par on the second day and made my first cut in a while! The weekend wasn't a great one carding another 8 with a lost ball on the third day and 35 putts on the 4th day but I had birdies both days and the signs of improvement and progress are there. I played with confidence and conviction all week which is what I vowed to do and it is amazing what a difference it makes! I do love that golf course, if you've never played it it is definitely worth a visit. Probably on a buggy or with an electric trolley as it is quite hilly in places but the views are out of this world! My local caddy for the week, Noreen, is lucky enough to be a member at Costa Adeje and knew her way around all the walls and steep drops around the course. She was a delight to have with me for the four days and i'll definitely be in touch next time were in Tenerife! I hope I'm still powering around a golf course when I'm 74! (Sorry Noreen!) On second thoughts, hopefully not!
Well it's Ryder Cup week to look forward to this week and I'm holding a McMillan Coffee Morning at home on Thursday 25th which should be fun. I'm also turning a year older unfortunately this week so at least I have an excuse to eat lots of cake!


Holland

Date: 24/05/2014

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Just on the plane on my way home from Amsterdam. I've loved this week, I really feel my game is back and ready to play tournament golf again after what has been a long and arduous journey. I'll be honest, there has been times that I have wondered if I would ever get it back but this week was definitely worth waiting for. I hit some fabulous shots this week, shots I could never have hit with my old swing and I can't explain to you how satisfying that is. It also stood up under pressure and I also hit the ball further, everything I have been working towards for months!!! I knew myself that it must be looking better than ever too as it was working much better but to have some of the girls comment on how much my swing has changed and how great it looks feels wonderful.

I had a chance at making the cut but had a wobble on the back nine yesterday and after what I've been through I'm not surprised. These things take time, building my confidence back up may take a while but the main thing is I am loving what I see and it's building all the time. Thanks go out to my local caddie Dan who was amazing. I couldn't have wished for a better guy by my side. Hope you played well on Sunday too Dan! It was super to see my good friend Bart from Eindhoven on the course yesterday afternoon too. We only had time for a couple of hugs and a few words on the course but it was really great to see you, do take care!

We have a further 3 weeks at home now so more time to work with my coach John Eyre at Woodsome Hall and do some fine tuning. I'm also looking forward to playing in the Dickson Minto day at Wentworth and getting ready for a possible 6 straight weeks on tour. My body is better aligned now thanks to the tour physio's so I'm looking forward to being more supple and having less strains and pains!!! We took the opportunity to ride a bike around Amsterdam today. I would recommend it! It was hilarious and you do see far more than you would on foot. Thankfully it ended well, we had no accidents or injuries. There was a near miss with a scooter and we nearly had the bikes nicked while sat having a drink but all in all a sore bum was a small price to pay for a great afternoon out!


Home sweet home

Date: 06/05/2014

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Six wonderful weeks at home and so much to tell you about. It's been great to be at home for so long and such a change from constantly packing and unpacking!

I've worked hard on my game with John Eyre at Woodsome Hall and seen some real improvements, I've also played a lot and am enjoying playing so much more than I was two years ago!

It's been like Christmas in the last few weeks at my house. I received all my new golf gear a few weeks ago from Rohnisch a Swedish brand that is very eye catching in some great colours and super comfortable to wear. I wore their clothes on tour 3 years ago and have gravitated back to them, knowing how comfortable and classy they are. You can get Rohnisch clothing in notable professional shops across the country and it is definitely worth trying on, you won't want to take it off! I can't wait to wear it in Turkey this week! I also had a trip to PING at Gainsborough last week and have been fitted for my new irons , driver and rescues, can't wait to get them. The irons look great and if they are anything like the S56's I will love them! Titleist have sent my balls & shoes for the season too, I have chosen high ball numbers for a change this year, after 14 years with the numbers 1-4 I'm looking forward to teeing it up with a number 7 for a change!

I've enjoyed some down time too. On Easter Friday my family and I had a run out to the Yorkshire Dales, what a fabulous place. I've spent more time in the lakes rather than the dales but I know where I'll be spending a lot more time now. We found a great restaurant/pub 10 mins from leaming bar on the A1 called the WYVILL Arms, I ordered fish & chips until I saw a steak pie being served on the next table. I swiftly changed my order and had the best steak pie I have ever tasted. Definitely worth a try if your passing!

Having had 6 weeks at home I've been able to have a more normal schedule, gym & golf mon- fri and the weekends off. So when Easter arrived I thought I would do what everyone else was doing and paint something. I stumbled across a nice shade of grey and decided to slap it on the 3 walls of my bedroom on my own....
I was so up for it and as I had misplaced an earring recently I thought it would be a good opportunity to have a good look for it while I was moving furniture. The only trouble arose when I realised I had to break off to make a cuppa as well as doing all the painting. However I turned the radio up cracked on and finished 2 coats on my own in a day and a half, not bad I thought! Oh and my bedroom looks fabulous!
Would you believe the earring turned up safe & well at the hairdressers!


Aussie Blues

Date: 24/02/2014

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Australia finished for another year, I'm on the long journey home. I managed to have a 15 minute reflexology session between flights in Singapore and a shower in Abu Dhabi but my goodness it's a lot of flying. I've been moved by the friendly stewardess on my last flight thanks to a drunken guy snoring like a freight train on my row, delightful! Oh how glamorous travelling the world is...not!

Royal Pines didn't go well at all, but when has it! Me and RP have never quite seen eye to eye. Over the years I've had some real bad luck there. Stiff neck's, pneumonia, 2 shot penalties which have all prevented me from playing, not to mention the bad luck on the course that seems to seek me out and take me down every year. I think it's the Bermuda grass that I never quite get the grasp of in the two days before we start play. Good shots don't seem to be rewarded and bounces allowed for end up not happening or going in the opposite direction.don't get me wrong I'm not one to make excuses about my game, I'm a big girl and normally can take it on the chin but bloody RP is something else. They got the diggers in to re model the course after we finished playing there this year. I did offer my services but something about health & safety!!!

Despite Pines I've had 4 good weeks in the sun working hard on my game and I've loved every minute. We are making great progress, it just needs to all come together. I understand more about how the swing works and what I need to improve to have a more reliable swing. I'm hitting better shots than I ever have and I know it's only a matter of time.

My second family the Mathiou's have been outstanding in the two weeks I've stayed with them. I've had Sjaan's car every day for a fortnight to get me to and from practice. Joined them in paddle boarding at the beach, yoga and PT session's they do at their house. Been out for lovely dinners, entertained at home with their friends over a barbi. It's been an absolute delight as always and very moving seeing and experiencing what they do for other people. I'm very lucky to have such good friends and a little disappointed they live so far away...

Morocco is my next event in just over 3 weeks time. I'm not looking forward to all the rain that I am coming back to in the UK. Practicing will be fun! full suit, hat and brolly for a while I guess but don't really care as it will be nice to be home sweet home!


Aussie Blues

Date: 24/02/2014

Article:
Australia finished for another year, I'm on the long journey home. I managed to have a 15 minute reflexology session between flights in Singapore and a shower in Abu Dhabi but my goodness it's a lot of flying. I've been moved by the friendly stewardess on my last flight thanks to a drunken guy snoring like a freight train on my row, delightful! Oh how glamorous travelling the world is...not!

Royal Pines didn't go well at all, but when has it! Me and RP have never quite seen eye to eye. Over the years I've had some real bad luck there. Stiff neck's, pneumonia, 2 shot penalties which have all prevented me from playing, not to mention the bad luck on the course that seems to seek me out and take me down every year. I think it's the Bermuda grass that I never quite get the grasp of in the two days before we start play. Good shots don't seem to be rewarded and bounces allowed for end up not happening or going in the opposite direction.don't get me wrong I'm not one to make excuses about my game, I'm a big girl and normally can take it on the chin but bloody RP is something else. They got the diggers in to re model the course after we finished playing there this year. I did offer my services but something about health & safety!!!

Despite Pines I've had 4 good weeks in the sun working hard on my game and I've loved every minute. We are making great progress, it just needs to all come together. I understand more about how the swing works and what I need to improve to have a more reliable swing. I'm hitting better shots than I ever have and I know it's only a matter of time.

My second family the Mathiou's have been outstanding in the two weeks I've stayed with them. I've had Sjaan's car every day for a fortnight to get me to and from practice. Joined them in paddle boarding at the beach, yoga and PT session's they do at their house. Been out for lovely dinners, entertained at home with their friends over a barbi. It's been an absolute delight as always and very moving seeing and experiencing what they do for other people. I'm very lucky to have such good friends and a little disappointed they live so far away...

Morocco is my next event in just over 3 weeks time. I'm not looking forward to all the rain that I am coming back to in the UK. Practicing will be fun! full suit, hat and brolly for a while I guess but don't really care as it will be nice to be home sweet home!


Happy New Year!

Date: 05/02/2014

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It seems strange wishing everyone a happy new year when it's the 2nd Feb but January has gone in the blink of an eye for me this year. I'm out in New Zealand for the first event of the year and loving every minute. My good friends Steve, Liz & Steve's mum Betty have had me to stay at their gorgeous lakeside pad at Clearwater for almost 2 weeks now, allowing me to get in some much needed practice away from the cold & rainy weather in England.

What a two weeks it's been. They have looked after me wonderfully. I've been able to walk out to the range and putting green for a bit of practice and join them for a few rounds around Clearwater to get to know the course. I will be quite sad to leave them and Clearwater tomorrow. The members and staff there have been so welcoming, I'd love to be a member, however I'll have to settle for coming back next year!

My golf has really improved while I've been here. With the help of my coach John Eyre via Skype we have managed to get some great work done, despite the dodgy internet!! With Steve on the bag we managed level par through the 12th on the first day, unfortunately a few mistakes at the wrong time and we finished at 5 over for the day. I put some work in on the driver the next morning and finally something clicked. There hasn't been too many days when I've played with confidence out there in the last 2 years but yesterday hopefully is the start of a new era!

I'm now on a train from Brisbane airport to the Gold Coast to stay with more good friends...This job can be difficult at times, from hotel to hotel but when you go from one good friend to another it's the best job in the world. I 'm really looking forward to seeing the Mathiou's again, they are my second family and have seen the best and worst of me over the years. Sjaan nursed me back to life after I had pneumonia 2 years ago, so it will be great to spend some time with her now I'm fit and well!

I'm really looking forward to this week. The weather seems like it's going to be good, which is scarce at this tournament. Steve & Liz are coming over from New Zealand to caddy for me, I'm honoured! It's about time our partnership had some good results again! I'll be paying attention to my swing changes and hoping to put in a good performance before I come home. I was due to play in the Aussie Open Monday qualifier but after finding out that there will be no yardage books again for the umpteenth time, I have decided not to take part. It's disappointing that Golf Australia trail other organisations around the world. We are after all playing Professional Golf and paying a lot of money to turn up half way around the world for it to be a lottery! If Tiger had to Monday qualify without a practice round and no yardage book, it would be front page news and probably wouldn't happen again!!!



Happy New Year!

Date: 05/02/2014

Article:
It seems strange wishing everyone a happy new year when it's the 2nd Feb but January has gone in the blink of an eye for me this year. I'm out in New Zealand for the first event of the year and loving every minute. My good friends Steve, Liz & Steve's mum Betty have had me to stay at their gorgeous lakeside pad at Clearwater for almost 2 weeks now, allowing me to get in some much needed practice away from the cold & rainy weather in England.

What a two weeks it's been. They have looked after me wonderfully. I've been able to walk out to the range and putting green for a bit of practice and join them for a few rounds around Clearwater to get to know the course. I will be quite sad to leave them and Clearwater tomorrow. The members and staff there have been so welcoming, I'd love to be a member, however I'll have to settle for coming back next year!

My golf has really improved while I've been here. With the help of my coach John Eyre via Skype we have managed to get some great work done, despite the dodgy internet!! With Steve on the bag we managed level par through the 12th on the first day, unfortunately a few mistakes at the wrong time and we finished at 5 over for the day. I put some work in on the driver the next morning and finally something clicked. There hasn't been too many days when I've played with confidence out there in the last 2 years but yesterday hopefully is the start of a new era!

I'm now on a train from Brisbane airport to the Gold Coast to stay with more good friends...This job can be difficult at times, from hotel to hotel but when you go from one good friend to another it's the best job in the world. I 'm really looking forward to seeing the Mathiou's again, they are my second family and have seen the best and worst of me over the years. Sjaan nursed me back to life after I had pneumonia 2 years ago, so it will be great to spend some time with her now I'm fit and well!

I'm really looking forward to this week. The weather seems like it's going to be good, which is scarce at this tournament. Steve & Liz are coming over from New Zealand to caddy for me, I'm honoured! It's about time our partnership had some good results again! I'll be paying attention to my swing changes and hoping to put in a good performance before I come home. I was due to play in the Aussie Open Monday qualifier but after finding out that there will be no yardage books again for the umpteenth time, I have decided not to take part. It's disappointing that Golf Australia trail other organisations around the world. We are after all playing Professional Golf and paying a lot of money to turn up half way around the world for it to be a lottery! If Tiger had to Monday qualify without a practice round and no yardage book, it would be front page news and probably wouldn't happen again!!!



Happy New Year!

Date: 05/02/2014

Article:
It seems strange wishing everyone a happy new year when it's the 2nd Feb but January has gone in the blink of an eye for me this year. I'm out in New Zealand for the first event of the year and loving every minute. My good friends Steve, Liz & Steve's mum Betty have had me to stay at their gorgeous lakeside pad at Clearwater for almost 2 weeks now, allowing me to get in some much needed practice away from the cold & rainy weather in England.

What a two weeks it's been. They have looked after me wonderfully. I've been able to walk out to the range and putting green for a bit of practice and join them for a few rounds around Clearwater to get to know the course. I will be quite sad to leave them and Clearwater tomorrow. The members and staff there have been so welcoming, I'd love to be a member, however I'll have to settle for coming back next year!

My golf has really improved while I've been here. With the help of my coach John Eyre via Skype we have managed to get some great work done, despite the dodgy internet!! With Steve on the bag we managed level par through the 12th on the first day, unfortunately a few mistakes at the wrong time and we finished at 5 over for the day. I put some work in on the driver the next morning and finally something clicked. There hasn't been too many days when I've played with confidence out there in the last 2 years but yesterday hopefully is the start of a new era!

I'm now on a train from Brisbane airport to the Gold Coast to stay with more good friends...This job can be difficult at times, from hotel to hotel but when you go from one good friend to another it's the best job in the world. I 'm really looking forward to seeing the Mathiou's again, they are my second family and have seen the best and worst of me over the years. Sjaan nursed me back to life after I had pneumonia 2 years ago, so it will be great to spend some time with her now I'm fit and well!

I'm really looking forward to this week. The weather seems like it's going to be good, which is scarce at this tournament. Steve & Liz are coming over from New Zealand to caddy for me, I'm honoured! It's about time our partnership had some good results again! I'll be paying attention to my swing changes and hoping to put in a good performance before I come home. I was due to play in the Aussie Open Monday qualifier but after finding out that there will be no yardage books again for the umpteenth time, I have decided not to take part. It's disappointing that Golf Australia trail other organisations around the world. We are after all playing Professional Golf and paying a lot of money to turn up half way around the world for it to be a lottery! If Tiger had to Monday qualify without a practice round and no yardage book, it would be front page news and probably wouldn't happen again!!!



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