WARWICKSHIRE MENS TRIALS 2003
David Morgan - Tuesday, 29 April, 2003
It was s decision I have been thinking about for a few months now , said Lake, I was putting in the effort but nor getting the grades. I will see how things go this year but at present, I am going on the PGA course at the Belfry next year. The length has come about from being able to play everyday - it helps. I have a bit of a loop in my backswing which I am working on with Andy (Dunbar) but I should have two full season as a Junior.
Dean will be a vital part of what could be a wonderful year for Warwickshire, especially in the Team competitions. His Captain will be Chris Evans who put together a very solid 71 to be one of the three joint winners. Chris is practising 4 to 5 hours a day and his round was one which could have been better. He only made one bogey all day but could not make any of a succession of 15 ft putts from all the greens he hit. Evan s only problem was wayward tee shots on two par 5 s where he saved par with scrambling but he made his one bonus with an eagle on 15.
My season starts next Wednesday , said Chris, Its the McEvoy and I hope I have got it right - I am swinging really well.
Chris shared the prizes with two older golfers - just. Ryan Burton has been a Senior for two years and is looking forward to US College this Autumn. It could be the making of him but he is already a very talented player with regular wins for the 1st Team. Ryan works a few days a week at Nevada Bobs but that will stop as Ryan plays a full season this Summer. He managed level par going out, hit it to 2ft at the 10ft but on 13, he took a 6. 15 and 18 gave him birdies and another 71.
Rob Steele is on the fringes of England selection. Steele didn t take his chances early on and bogies at 4, 9, 11 (a semi shank) and 13 saw him three over, having made only one birdie at the 7th. His 4 at the 15th was a score most matched as it was downwind, but the story behind the birdie was one of a 9 iron clearing the green, then a sand wedge back to 10ft. Having had a dreadful time at the Berkhamstead with 11 three putts in rounds of great tee-to-green golf, Steele switched to a belly two ball putter for this round and made a couple of putts - another being a 10 foot putt for a 2 at the 16th. He hit both 17 and 18 in two for two more birdies and the third 71.
The prizes were presented by Tony Reading, Warwickshire President, along with colours for Rob Steele - at 19 years of age. Steele may very soon be joined by a few others as having colours - some even younger.