Barney's March Newsletter
Judging by the weather so far this month, the old saying "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" is certainly living up to the first part! Snow, sleet and bracing breezes have certainly given us something to enjoy. Strong winds this time of year are quite common and with this in mind I have included a piece on teeing up the ball in these conditions. Please click this link here.
The good news is that it's getting lighter in the evenings and with the clocks going forward only a few weeks away it feels like spring is on the horizon. Now talk of The Masters doesn't seem so distant and our annual debate on Rory McIlroy of "will he or won't he" win to complete the Grand Slam can begin in earnest. Certainly he has begun the season well, as has Jon Rahm. However, Scottie Scheffler after his masterful performance at The Players Championship has taken back the World Number 1 spot and betting is already strong for him to retain The Masters. For such as talented golfer he is really blessed with a very humble spirit. When being interviewed after the tournament, bearing in mind he's just won $3.6 million and leap frogged back to the No.1 spot on the back of beating arguably the best players by a comfortable 5 shots, the question is posed as how he is going to celebrate? The great man thought for a moment and said "Dinner with the family and then his eyes lit up as he said "I think Grandma's made dessert!" As much as we want Rory to win, we can't begrudge this unassuming genius his successes.
On a personal note the month got off to a lovely start when Hertfordshire Golf very kindly made me an Honorary Member.
Hertfordshire golf said "Huge congratulations to PGA Professional Barney Puttick of Mid Herts who has been awarded an Honorary Member of Hertfordshire Golf for his services to the County over the past thirty years. Barney has a real and demonstrative passion for coaching and improving the golf of all who know him and his genuine enthusiasm for golf rubs off on all who come in touch with him. Without doubt the County has much benefitted from its association with Barney over the years."
I can honestly say it has been an honour to be involved with Hertfordshire Golf since 1993 with all the different teams. The friendships formed with players and County Officials have been terrific and this association has been such a highlight of my golfing life.
My next newsletter will have my legendary pundit skills on show for The Masters. I predicted the winner as recently as 1988 when Sandy Lyle won. So clearly it will be well worth investing the contents of your piggy bank on my considered thoughts!
Wishing you all good health and a good golf over the coming weeks.
All the best
Fellow of the PGA