Jack McDonald – End of Season Update

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Hello, hope you’re well, please find below an update for my 2020 season.

My 2020 season started off so promising as I had been selected for the Scottish Boys National Squad, as part of the squad we travelled to Desert Springs in Spain for a warm weather training camp in February.

I was also looking forward to my last season of junior golf where I was hoping to play my way into the National Boys team and represent Scotland at the Boys European Championships and the Boys Home Internationals. 

After the lockdown restrictions were lifted I was able to play in a few major boys competitions.  I travelled to South Wales to play in the Faldo Series Wales Championship held over 2 courses due to the large number of entries, the courses played were The Wales National Course at The Vale Resort and The Mackintosh Course at The Cottrell Park Resort.  I played the Wales National course on the first day scoring 2 over par, followed by a round of 2 under par on the second day round the Mackintosh Course.  I successfully made the cut and the final round was played round the Wales National Course on which I scored 1 under par.  I was delighted to finish tied 2nd in the Under 18 category and tied 5th overall to win a trip to Abu Dhabi.

A few weeks later I travelled to Broadstone Golf Club in Dorset to play in the Carris Trophy (English Under 18 Boys).  The field size at the start of the tournament was 132 with the highest handicap being 1.  Due to the golf course being flooded there was only 1 qualifying round played rather than 2 which made qualifying more difficult.  I successfully made the cut from 132 boys to 40 and progressed to the final 36 holes on day 3.  Unfortunately I injured my hand midway round my first round on day 3 and was forced to withdraw. 

After recovering from my injury I returned to competition golf in the middle of September when I played in The Roxburghe Men’s Scratch Open.  In the tough conditions I managed to card a score of 1 under par, the only round under par all day, which saw me win the competition.  The following day I played in the Border Men’s Championship at Galashiels Golf Club.  Again in tough conditions I scored level par, which was good enough to win my first regional men’s event.

I have just played in my final junior event which was the Faldo Series Scotland Championship at Ladybank Golf Club, I finished tied 5th in the Under 18 section.  My plans are to continue playing major amateur events.

Thank you for the support this season,
Regards,
Jack.

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