The weather of late has been gradually improving. Temperatures reaching the high 70’s and the winds low ~ less than 10MPH. Ideal golfing weather and with ‘The Masters’ this week, it makes life Buzz………..
All I need now is a positive telephone call from a special place, to top it off……….
What a lovely day – the weather is starting to change for the better – Must be in anticipation of
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It is a pleasure to be associated with such a Company.
My P1-A visa has been approved.
The P1-A visa is for Internationally Recognised Athletes.
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This will allow me to continue to work as part of the USPGA, allowing me to compete at local and national events from sectional up to and including the major tours when eligible. The visa is granted for 5 years and can be renewed for another 5 if required.
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Living and working in the USA does have it’s benefits but working up in the Mountains of North Carolina –
“Sometimes it just seems like home”.
Snow fall on the golf course in the morning but gone by lunch time is the only difference to the North East of England.
It sometimes takes several weeks for the snow to melt away back home. I certainly have 4 seasons here whilst back home it appears that they all merge into one.
What can be guaranteed here in NC – give it a few weeks and the big yellow orb will be glowing once again and the temperatures will rise ~
“Back home ~ That could be a different story”.
A little practice late in the day at this time of the year brings a few added obstacles.
The colours at this time of the year are amazing.
Just received a couple of extra photographs from the Championship Ring Ceremony held during the American Football Game at UNC-Pembroke.
Nice work :) Sitting at the 1st Tee out in the warm sunshine accepting donations from members to support
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What a great foundation.
Oh Hey Bear? You Hungry…
“A genius never questions his instincts, Boo Boo” – Yogi Bear
Having to chase Yogi around the car park.
Yesterday, I played amongst quite a few celebrities here at The Country Club of Asheville, people such as Henry Logan & David Thompson (Basketball Legends), Monty McCutchen a very famous Basketball Referee, and others such as Woody Durham, Sidney Lowe and Ray Tanner.
We all had a great day and I shot 68.
The icing on the cake came as a request by Monty McCutchen to provide lessons for his son on Saturdays.
Early start this morning provided for a super photo opportunity.
Its the Country Club of Asheville Club Championship weekend and the trophies have arrived. I have never seen trophies like this in England, they are very unusual but also very smart.
I wish ALL competitiors the very best of luck over the weekend.
PLAY SMART , PLAY WELL & KEEP IT ON THE SHORT GRASS.
Early Morning Mist in the Valley here at The Country Club of Asheville in North Carolina
Playing 18 holes at The Country Club of Asheville with Dave Edwards and Dusty Bowlin yesterday resulted in a 68 (-3) but more importantly it contained my first ever ‘Hole In One’.
At the par 3 ~ 6th Hole ~ 136 Yards with the pin at the back, I struck a solid wedge to 4 feet beyond the flag and spun it back into the hole absolutley mesmerizing – Woooo Hoooo. High Fives All round.
Here’s what my playing partners are saying on Twitter: ~
Shoutout to my boy @UNCP_Scotty for his first hole in one tonight. Shot was a beauty, so glad I got to witness it #hi5
Shout out to my paa @UNCP_Scotty for snagging a hole in one at the cca today!
Wednesday 1st August 2012 ~ Competed in my PAT in Lexington, South Carolina. Glad to inform everyone that I successfully completed the task with scores of 74 & 69.
The greens were extremely fast and down grain, nearly impossible to judge ~ Result 4 x three putts in the morning round.
Afternoon round in 90 degree heat – decent round of 69.
Now for the long drive back home to Asheville in North Carolina.
NORMAN, Oklahoma. – Seniors Scott Lambert and Jordan Walor were among 52 NCAA Division II men’s golfers named to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar list for the 2011-12 campaign, it was announced recently.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke average less than 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
Scott Lambert, a native of Newcastle, England, excelled both on and off the course this season, having earned all-league nods for the second-straight year, while also maintaining a 3.41 cumulative grade point average in business administration. The senior currently ranked eighth in the PBC and third on the team with a 73.1 stroke average and posted a trio of top-10 finishes in 2011-12, including second place honors at the Richard Rendleman Invitational in early March.
The 2012 Peach Belt Conference Golfer of the Year, Walor put the lid on his collegiate career on May 17 by finishing in a tie for 14th on the individual leaderboard at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville. He concluded the campaign with a school record and PBC-leading 71.38 stroke average – the third lowest average in the PBC and the best stroke average since Clayton State’s Will Wilcox posted a PBC record 71.06 stroke average during the 2008-09 season.
Jordan Walor, who ranks second in PBC history with eight career victories, won three tournaments this season, including the season-opening Honda of Columbia Fall Classic and the Magnolia Collegiate Invitational in March. He concluded his UNCP career with a 72.4 career stroke average, while posting 31 career top-20 finishes, including 18 tournaments in which he finished in the top-5 on the individual leaderboard.
Another bright and sunny day here at Asheville, North Carolina.
Keeping it Tidy
The Country Club of Asheville has a great upmarket Professional shop, with fantastic quality clothing & great staff providing a quality service.
Its stunning to play a quiet 9 holes of golf after work here at
The Country Club of Asheville North Carolina.
The perks of being a Golf Professional
Weather has continued to be great, we do get storms but they don’t last too long and anyway it’s still nice and warm. Work is going well, with a combination of working outside services and in the Pro Shop. My golf game is good and now concentrating on my preparation for my Play Ability Test which is currently booked for the 1st August at The Country Club of Lexington in South Carolina. The club is about 3 hours drive from Asheville and with the test consisting of 36 holes I will need to travel the day before – fit in a practice round and stay overnight in a local hotel.
Another Glorious Day at The Country Club of Asheville in North Carolina.
A quiet week due to a relatively wet one….. 2 days of rain with mild temperatures left the course quiet and in fact it closed the front 9 holes for part of a day. Looking forward to the sun beaming again, getting to work on my short game and planning some competitive professional golf.
Meanwhile the place is still gorgeous with fantastic views, clean air and beautiful people.
Members ~ Warming up on the Range early morning.
Thursday 28th was a busy day, started work at 0730 finished at 2pm. Temperature around 95 Degrees, quick break back at the apartment, food and wash then back to the club for Junior Camp.
Junior Camp complete and now for some evening practice on the putting in preparation for Monday at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, North Carolina.
The first two weeks after graduation were very hectic, with Regional Qualifying at Rock Barn in Conover NC followed by the National Tournament (NCAA Div II) at The Cardinal Club in Kentucky. Added to this my parents were over from the UK~ First time they had visited me and the first time they had been with me whilst I was competing in the USA. During the two weeks, I also had an interview at the Country Club of Asheville, which my parents drove me to on completion of regionals.
Needless to say my interview was successful and a start date as Assistant Golf Professional at The Country Club of Asheville was set for Friday 1st June 2012. Nationals completed and my parents returned to the UK leaving me here in the USA, with lots to do: –
1. Obtain my EAD Employment Authorisation Document.
2. Obtain my Social Security Number.
3. Purchase a car- organise Licence plates etc
4. Organise an apartment in Asheville.
5. Obtain a NC Driving Licence (Can’t Use a UK one after 60 days in NC)
6. Move all my kit to Asheville.
Travelled from Greensboro to Asheville NC on Tuesday 29th May 2012, I had identified an apartment via the internet and was due to view it upon arrival, hoping that everything would be OK, as I was due to begin work on the Friday. Well that didn’t work out, so had to spend the night in a local hotel. Wednesday was panic time, nowhere to live and my job due to start ~ I needed to find something quick.
To cut a long story short I ended up at The Lofts in Reynolds Village, Reynolds Mountain only 1 mile from the course. A superb brand new village , everything pristine. My one bedroom apartment came unfurnished but never mind it was somewhere to lay my head.
I am now into my 4th week at work and love it, I also love my apartment, as I now have some furniture and high-speed internet. I am a member of the new gym facility provided by the YMCA and my apartment block comes with Spa, Sauna and Pool.
I passed my NC Driving test yesterday (Didn’t have to do much really) and last week was one of the busiest weeks of the golfing year at CC of Asheville as it was member guest week.
The weather has been outstanding as expected and the temperature is to hit 105 by this weekend. I have my first professional tournament on Monday 2nd July at Rock Barn and I am really looking forward to cutting my teeth so to speak. I have made some great friends in the short time I have lived here and long may it continue.
Below is the picture of my apartment block and the view beyond.
A very busy week in the annual calendar at The Country Club of Asheville completed with a final hole shootout and clutch putt.
Working everyday in an environment like this…. Stunning.
Saw a Black Bear and its three cubs chilling near the 10th Hole Today.