Two things I left school with, one was a cold and the other, a half finished ash tray from woodwork. All of my exercise books had replica autographs of Palmer, Nicklaus and Jacklin written all over them. Drawings of tour golf bags and clubs were covering all of the pages.
"No one wants to know an illiterate golfer" said my head master in my last school report. "You are a dreamer Wingrove, if you think that you will ever come to anything think again. I understand that your father works in a factory that is where I suggest you focus your attention because you will not make it as a golfer." Thank you Mr Evans I thought, great motivation!
In a strange way it was a form of motivation, not that I needed any help in that way but Mr Evans flashed across my mind on many occasions.
You see golf has given me a life that I am so happy to have had and having, I owe it everything. I have travelled the world and met my heroes, I have done things that a boy from a beaten up council estate could only dream of. So Mr Evans was partly right I do dream and sometimes they come true.
So Mr Evans let's not bother with goodbyes, let's not even look each other in the eyes.
I'm off now to see what I can do. I'm turning pro with no help from you.
The factory is not for me, green grass and flags are where I want to be.
I will give it a shot because you never know, if I practice hard who knows where I might go.
Funny enough, I do wish you well in your thick brown woollen suit. I know it doesn't bother you giving us all the boot.
I'm not going to sit around on a comfy sofa, make no mistake people will want to know this literate golfer.
So from talking with Sean Connery at Sunningdale golf club, flying in a private jet to the Masters, having a pink lemonade under the oak tree by the club house at Augusta to playing golf with Tony Jacklin in Tobago. To playing football on a beach in Thailand with Ernie Els to Having the best fish and chips ever in the clubhouse at St Andrews.
I've had a few glasses of bubbly/ bottles with Oliver Reed for breakfast at Gatwick airport then missed my flight to Jacksonville, the flight was 13.10! Sunbathed on a practice ground with James Hunt, I gave a lesson to Miss America and Miss Japan just before the Miss World competition. Filmed some adverts advertising Viagra that were shown during the Ryder Cup and Played 18 holes at Turnberry with a past US open champion Michael Campbell.
I have be lucky to have many highs from 8 hole-in-ones and starting with 8, 3s in a row around here, to unbearable lows from crashing out at tour school to suffering from depression that I never thought possible.
But the one thing that has stayed consistent is the buzz I get from helping people with their golf. It's a privilege to be in a position to help and in return it helps me. I have been lucky enough to see some wonderful results over the years and worked with lovely people. Walking down the path and looking across the putting green, 1st & 18th fairways, over the lake is a pure joy and one I will never take for granted.
Please meet Poppy Ryder Wingrove. The experts say that when your little doggy reaches 10 years plus you should consider getting a little sister or brother, this will keep them occupied, make them more alert and they will run around a lot more. Well Honey is running around alright, scratch marks over the wooden floors, table tops, up the stairs carpets scratched. The poor old girl is running for her life. Please don't let this little frame and beautiful eyes fool you, this one's a menace. Pyjama bottoms ripped, socks gone, stair bannisters gnawed. Suzie and I have been cut to ribbons. She goes to the loo 37 times a day and not fussed where although she is getting better, the idea of breading her has gone straight out the window. Also I might be wrong, but I'm not sure it's a good look with me running around the garden in my underpants a wellies trying to catch her!
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