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Hi All!

Just a quick note to let you all know how my season is progressing.

After finishing 2016 on a high with two T1st finishes and winning the county matchplay, I had high hopes for 2017. Through the winter I made some swing changes which are now coming along well.

2017 began in the same manner, finishing 1st and Hunstanton alongside my team of Stacy Weeks, Phil Patience and Arlo Smith. Then in the home fixture finishing t1st individually and my team of Paul Cains, Tony Martin and Phil Patience winning the event, so an excellent start to the campaign.

My first event on the PGA east region was the OOM qualifying school down at Essendon Country Club, this event was played over two days. I finished t23rd which was enough to secure all starts for this years OOM series.

More recently, I played in the pro-am at Brocket hall with Trevor Greef, Malcolm Hardingham and Roger Garrod, which in itself, was an experience. I have never missed a tee time in my entire career, however we ended up cutting it close, after leaving Swaffham at 7am for a 10:30 shotgun start, with a drive to Welwyn Garden City only taking 1:45. Arriving at 10:15 due to an accident wasn’t ideal preparation, but after a bit of a slow start I shot a round of 1 over par which saw me finish t10th.

The latest event at Aldwickbury Park saw me miss out by one shot of qualifying for the National PGA Assistants Championship, the course was extremely hard and bouncy, which didn’t set up well after a week in Spain playing perfect conditions on a soft receptive golf course.

With the swing changes now beginning to feel second nature I feel the rest of the season will continually improve, I have some big events coming up through June, firstly our East region Pro am at Swaffham on the 8th, followed by the London Open the following week on the 14th and 15th June at West Essex Golf Club, which is the first of the OOM series.

The very next week will see me play the second of the OOM series events at the Bentley Golf Club in Brentwood, this will take place on 21st and 22nd.
The following Monday 26th will be my first attempt of qualifying for The Open Championship, if successful that day I will then have to qualify at the second stage to make it into the draw for the event itself. First stage of qualifying will be 36 holes in one day at either Sandy Lodge or Luffenham Heath.

I will keep everyone posted on my results, and hopefully get Swaffham’s name at the top of some leaderboards!

I hope everyone enjoys the season and plays well!

Nic Cains
Assistant Professional