Inside Golf : Inside Golf March 2017
24 March 2017 | www.insidegolf.com.au on tour www.insidegolf.com.au/author/steven-jeffress Looking back, and forward with Steven Jeffress firstname.lastname@example.org N ot much has happened over the last month in the way of tournament golf. During January there are not normally any events on so it’s a training month which has been going well. I’ve been practicing hard and been back at the gym so everything is feeling great. Most of my focus with my coach Ben has been on the putting green, with a fairly big change in my putting routine. I’m working on shortening the time it takes to hit a putt. Hopefully this will let me flow a little better and hole more putts! But rather than bore you with my practice habits I thought I would talk a bit about why golf is such a great game and a couple of past experiences that I have had that makes me love this game. It’s been amazing to think of the people that I have met and the places I have seen due to my golfing career. My number 1 experience would have to be when I played Augusta. And for those of you who don’t know how I ever got the opportunity to play Augusta, here what happened. I played in the 2012 New Zealand open and was lucky enough to paired with a gentleman from the United States, Pat Battle. Straight away from the first hole we clicked. I had no idea until about the 5th hole where he was a member but we were just playing, having a great time. When I did find out where he played I proceeded to ask 1000 questions! I still am in contact with Pat and can have a hit at Augusta anytime that I’m over in the states. this is a perfect example of what golf can do and the opportunities it can give you. You never know who you are playing with or the experiences they have had. I also met some interesting people while at Augusta. there was an English gentleman that was the only person in the world to be a member at Augusta and Wimbledon tennis club. How awesome is that! Having Rob Beecher and Robbie Bennetts playing along with me was also special. Rob broke 90 both days off the men’s tees and Robbie made birdie on the 12th hole the first time he played it. I think that story has come out a couple of times at dinners! Qualifying for the open Championship in 2013 was a close second to Augusta. For a guy from Port Macquarie who had never been to a major championship, to play in the oldest tournament in the world! And to think only one year before, my game was in such bad shape that I almost gave the game up. I remember struggling to swing through past my left hip So now I think back, if I had given it up, I would have never had this experience. to be honest, the nerves started the night that I qualified. I thought ‘what have I done?’ the whole experience was unbelievable. It started from the crowds that they got for the practice rounds, right through to some of the players that I met. Guys that I have watched for years on tV, like Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson and one of the greats, Gary Player. once again to have my support crew Rob Beecher, Robbie Bennetts and Jeff Lloyd with me to experience it, along with my mum is something I’ll never forget. But thinking back to when I was struggling, it was my support crew and friends that helped me through this time. Golf has such a strong circle of support. I’m sure other sports have a similar thing but in my experience if you’re struggling, other golfers will help out to get you back on your feet. If you had asked me, with four holes to go at the 2014 Fiji International, would I have been happy to finish second and win a good cheque, I would have said yes. But how wrong would I have been! the awesome journey that I went on after winning would not have happened if I had finished second. the finish helped me earn a runner-up position on the Australasian tour order of merit, which gave me starts in a couple of world golf championship events. So suddenly I was playing alongside the world’s best golfer. I also spent a fair bit of time with Donald trump when I played the Cadillac Championship at Doral. Without golf I don’t think that I would have ever had the opportunity to play with or even meet some of the world’s most famous people. these are only three stories of how golf has changed my life. I have hundreds more and have friends that I never knew before golf, not only all over Australia but the world. My advice to everyone is get out there and play different courses with different people as you never know who or what may come out of it. As I’ve said numerous times I love what I do but it can be very expensive. I would love to hear from any businesses or companies that would be interested in starting a relationship with me. If anyone out there would like to have a chat and help out a good looking bloke, please go to my website, www.jeffrogolf.com and send me an email. Investment in a professional golfer isn’t a one-way street and I would love to discuss ways that I could help your business. It’s going to be a busy start to the year with 7 events in 8 weeks. I start down at the Victorian PGA Championship, an event that I won in 2006. After a couple of weeks in Melbourne, I head to Perth, then Sydney, two weeks in New Zealand, finishing up in sunny Queensland for the Queensland PGA. the game feels great so who knows, there may be a win in there somewhere! • For bookings at these exclusive rates quote Inside Golf Ph: (02) 4868 1800 www.dormiehouse.com.au Receive expert tuition in all facets of the game, while staying on course at the beautiful Dormie House. 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