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Slow start to the euro pro season.

Sorry for the delay in updating my blog!

 I have been busy working hard on my game the past month.  I have played three events so far this season on the Euro Pro and unfortunately for me they have ended up in missed cuts.  I have played some good golf in parts but some slack shots (mainly short game) have cost me.

 Things have been looking better and last week I was invited to take part in a pro am with my shoe sponsor Red fire golf in Leeds where I shot a solid round of 67 with five birdies and one bogey.  I came second to Alex Belt who fired a fantastic 65.

Like I mentioned I have been working hard on my game and I have recently started working with Peter Arnott (Craigmillar Park) on my game.  We have been focusing on a few areas including course management and how I practice.  Peter has me looking at things in my whole setup and I feel im making good progress.  I am just about to embark on a busy time in my season so hopefully I can carry my performance in Leeds onto the Euro Pro.

Happy golfing!

JG

 

John Gallagher Golf Day - Entry Forms

I am pleased to announce that the John Gallagher Golf day will be on Thursday 19th September at Duddingston Golf Club.  The course has just held the Lothians County Championship and it is one of the finest Parkland courses in the Capital.

The format is going to be a 4 person Texas scramble.  There will be lots of great prized to be won with team prizes up for grabs along with nearest the pins and a long drive hole...

The cost per team of 4 is £200, this includes your round at Duddingston along with a meal after your game. Players will also receive a goodie bag and a complimentary drink on the course.

All the money raised will go towards supporting my 2013/2014 golfing season.

I hope to see you all on the 19th, if not before!

John.

ENTRY FORMS are available below or by e-mailing  me at john@johngallaghergolf.com

http://www.johngallaghergolf.com/Entry Form.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

Wensum Valley – First Event on the Euro Pro Tour Schedule

I had a busy few weeks leading up to the first Euro Pro Event of the season and I was able to play in two charity scrambles on the way. The first was the James Milner Foundation Golf Day at Mortam Hall Golf Club followed by a visit to the Scottish borders to play at Thornhill Golf Club where 41 teams took part to raise funds for Breast Cancer.  Both events were a great success and it was a great to support such worthy causes.

I then drove to Wensum Valley Golf Club which is just outside Norwich.  The course at Wensum is always very tricky with firm greens making it hard to judge shots but I started well and with a first round score of 75, I was four shots of the lead. But, unfortunately for me a second round 79 saw me miss the cut by one shot.

There were lots of good things to take away from my first event but I also made mistakes... which I will be looking to iron out before the next event!

JG

Back to the snow...

So, I have been home for a couple of weeks and spain already feels like a distant memory! But, I have been doing my best to keep up the good work. I have managed to get in a couple of good sessions at my new home Duddingston Golf Club...in between the snow showers!

The grass area is a great facility to hone my game and I have been working on my wedge play.

With the weather taking a turn for the worse this week I have had to put my clubs away but i have managed to get to the gym every other day.

While out in spain, I was hitting the fairways with my driver but felt I wasnt getting the maximum distance. So last Friday I spent the morning with Scott Gourlay at Craigmillar Park in Edinburgh. Scott prides himself on his custom fitting and we worked on the Trackman hitting drivers.  I got some useful info from my session and we are working on a better combination to maxamise my driving distance.

Check out Scotts website at www.sggt.co.uk

As soon as I decide on my driver combination ill let you know and post up some photos!

All the best and lets hope the snow clears up soon ;-)

JG

 

 

John Gallagher Golf Day - Thursday 19 September

 

That’s me home and set to continue my preparation for the season ahead.  I was up early this morning and back in the gym followed by trying out my new wedge on the range and I can’t tell you how pleased I was to be wearing a t-shirt and jumper rather than full waterproofs and under armour...spring has arrived in Scotland!

 

John Gallagher Golf Day – Thursday 19 September

While I have been busy on the course a lot of work has also been going on off the course and I am pleased to annouce that the date for my golf day will be Thursday 19th September.

I am really looking forward to hosting the event at Duddinginston Golf Club and catching up with friends, old and new!

Registration forms will be available to download at the end of April.

All the best!

JG

Gecko Pro Tour - San Roque, Valle Remano and La Reserva

San Roque

I played my second event of the Gecko Pro Tour in the Costa del Sol round the famous San Roque Club. The event was held over ‘The New Course’ in testing conditions where I had rounds of 74 and 75 to finish 9th.

The course was in great condition with fast greens and while I was pleased with most of my game I was dissapointed to dropped shots in my final round on 17and 18.

Valle Romano

Once again the sun disappeared just as we were about to start playing golf!

At Valle Romano the first round was cancelled due to what I would describe as ‘Amazing Rain’. There was torrential rain for about 45 mins which made the course unplayable! This meant my third event was cut to a one round shoot out.

The next day, the start to my round could not have been worse...a triple bogey 8 on the first hole meant I was very much on the back foot and covered the front 9 in plus 3...not great!

The back nine started much better with an eagle on the 10th hole but with a 4 putt double on the 11th I felt I was riding on a roller coaster. However I was able to settle down and played the last 7 holes in 3 under.  I fished up in a tie for 6th position.

La Reserva

My last event in Spain was at the fantastic La Reserva Golf Club which is situated next to Valderrama. I opened up with a level par 72 which was played in strong winds which left me tied 2nd out a field of 65.

I didn’t have the opportunity to have a practice round beforehand and with extremely fast greens, putting in the wind was very testing. I was +3 for the front 9 but was able to cover the back 9 in -3 which was pleasing.

I was two shots behind the leader going in the final round and I knew that I would need to get off to a fast start. Unfortunately this didnt happen after bogeying the first two holes!  However despite it being colder and windier than the first day I was able to settle in my round and picked up a shot on the Par 5, 4th hole.

At this stage I was sitting 4th with 9 holes to play but I felt things could easily change.  Birdies at 10 and 11 put me in to the joint lead but I dropped shots at 13 and 14 to fall back.  The last four holes at La Reserva are very difficult and with a 3 club wind I knew everything was to play for. While others were dropping shots I was able to play some great golf and with a birdie and 3 pars I signed off with another 72. This put me back in to 2nd position!

Overall, I had 4 top 10s in the four events on the Gecko Pro Tour and after a long winter I am glad to have started the season so strongly. 

As I saved my best performance for La Reserva I should really give some credit to my caddy...my wife came out for a few days and it was great to have the boss on the bag!!

A huge thank you to Paul Netherton and everyone involved with the Gecko Pro Tour for organising great events of great courses! 

JG

Paul Netherton & John Gallagher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gecko Pro Tour – Finca Cortesin

 

It was great to arrive in Spain to find no snow on the ground, so I headed to stright to the range to start practicing. I must admit that when I arrived on the range in my golf shorts a few of the members could have easily have mistaken my legs for a couple of out of bounds posts! J

 

This week I played my first of four events at Finca Cortesin ( Home of the World Match Play Championship ). The course is one of the toughest in the region of Spain. This is mainly down to the length of the monstrous course... it measures a MASSIVE 7600 yards off the black tee's!

 

Thankfully, the course was shortened down to around 6900 yards, but with strong winds and the small greens it made for a tough couple of days.

 

I started with a 75 which had me lying 9th out of the 55 in the field. The wind on day two was far tougher and I shot 76. This moved me up to a Tie for 6th position. Over all I was happy with my first event of 2013 and I was able to identify the parts of my game that I need to work on for the next event at the glorious San Roque Club!

 

All the best. JG

 

 

 

 

2013 – The new home of golf...

  

I am really excited and proud to announce that I will now be representing Duddingston Golf Club.

 

Duddingston is one of the most respected golf clubs in Edinburgh with a fantastic parkland golf course and practice facilities along with a top class clubhouse and great staff.

 

www.duddingstongolfclub.co.uk

 

The club have made me feel very welcome and I would like to thank the Committee including Club Captain, Ian Ogilvie, Secretary, Duncan Ireland and Business Manager, Gavin Clarke for the warm welcome.

Below is a picture of Club Captain, Ian Ogilvie and myself standing in front of the portrait of the legendary Ronnie Shade.

 

JG

 

P.s I have now arrived in Spain for some warm weather training and will keep you updated on my progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Hi,

I hope the festive period has been good to you all.

 

December was a quiet time for me in terms of playing  golf.  I have done some range work and squeezed the odd game in down the East Coast.  Thanks to Scott, Tam and Stuart...in the freezing and windy weather the banter was sometimes beter than the golf! J

 

Most of my time has been spent in the gym focusing on my fitness.  I have been working out in the Energy gym in Edinburgh with my good friend Ricky ( www.energygym.co.uk ). The staff have been great and are always handing out training advice and having someone to train with has definitly made the last 5 mintues on the treadmill that little bit easier!

After a quiet month I really can’t wait to start playing tournament golf and Im heading out to Spain at the end of the month to play on the Gecko Pro Tour. The tour is run by an experianced team and the courses are some of the best Spain has to offer, including San Roque an Valderrama.  I will be looking to play well of course, but my main objective is to get my game ready for the PGA Euro Pro Tour which starts in May.


Im also very happy to confirm that I will be continuing to use Hirzl golf gloves ( www.hirzl-web.com )in 2013. This will be my third season with glove and for me i have never found a better glove, which excels in wet and humid conditions. Fingers crossed for more humid and less wet weather in the UK this year!

 

Let the season begin...but before it does, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and every success on an off the golf course in 2013!

 

All the best, JG

 

To the Belfry and back

Last week I headed south to join the PGA as aTP3 member for 2013.  I spent the day at PGA headquarters at the Belfy and completed a days of seminars which included discussions on fitness, golf management and rules. I am not someone who had fond memories of sitting in a classroom at school but I have to say that I found my day at the Belfry really interesting.

The TP3 membership will allows me to play in some of the PGA Tartan Tour competitions. This will help me build as much golf as possible in to my schedule for 2013 and play some great Scottish golf courses along the way.  I may also have the opportunity to play in some pro ams, which is always fun.

I finished the weeks by catching up with friends over 18 holes at North Berwick West. The course was in fantastic condition and I would recommend having a game!

JG

 

2012 - My rollercoaster year..

First of all I would like to apologise for the lack of updates this year...I have had a rollercoaster of a season both on and off the golf course.

Re-Cap

I will go back to the beginning of the year and re-cap on on my time on tour. And while January feels like such a long time ago I its probably the best place to start...

I got off to a great start out in Arizona where I took part in a Pro- Am. The courses included Greyhawke, We-ko-pa with the final round played on TPC Scottsdale. After a great week I finished 2nd overall to Richard Bland.  

I then went to Spain to play on the Gecko Pro Tour where I played some solid golf and finished 3rd at the Marbella Club event.

In April I headed to Euro Pro Tour School where I finished 9th out of 240 players and in the first two Euro Pro events I finished 14th and 37th. I was really pleased with how my season started and was full of confidence for the year ahead.

My annual golf day in May was a great success despite the torrential weather and after being left no option but to change venue I would like to thank everyone at Lothianburn Golf Course who made the 130 players feel so welcome. It was a great day and once again I would like to thank everyone who came for there support.

My season then took a big dip at the start of June and trying to play golf became more and more difficult as my heart and head were at home.

In September 2010 my mum was diagnosed with bone and lung cancer. At my mum’s request we kept her illness a secret but in March this year things became difficult when we found out that the Cancer had spread to my mums brain. As her illness worsened my desire to be at home, spending time with her and helping my dad care for her became my main priority so, I put the clubs away. My brave, beautiful, wonderful mum lost her fight with Cancer on the 12th of July.

It was, by far the toughest time of my life.

Back to work

I began to playing golf again in August. Due to missing 4 Euro Pro Events I had slipped down the order of merit and to say I felt a little rusty was an understatement. I went on to miss 3 cuts in a row, but rather than making me loose confidence it just made me more determined.

In the second last event of the season I made the cut and played some good golf to finish 25th. I went in to the last event at Hunley Hall in a positive frame of mind and I knew I needed a good finish to force my way in to the top 60 in the order of merit.

I came 12th which was pleasing given that I had to cope with tough wind an rain to shoot -3. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get in to the top 60...I ended up 61st and was short by 2 pence in winnings!!

Despite feeling flat by the thought of missing out by 2 pence I was pleased given everything that had happened I was able to finish with my best result of the season.

Looking to the future

My plan for the winter is to work hard on my fitness and I have been back running and clocking up the miles. I also made my annual visit to PING last week and all my equipment for next season is in the bag and you will find me most days on the range working on all aspects of my game.

My 2013 schedule will start in February with the Gecko Pro Tour Events and I can’t wait to get out there and play!!

Thank you

Finally, I really would like to thank eveyone who has supported my family and I this year. Without your emails, calls and texts I know our world would have been a darker place.

Thank you.

JG  

 

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