GOLF North East winners of the Parklands golf coaching competition featured in our February issue Debra McGurk and Dave Huntsman, have both been working hard at their game since they were picked out of the hat.
Parklands head professional Mark Watkins said: “Debra has reduced her handicap from 36 to 24 in just 10 weeks! She has won some competitions and has exceeded my expectations.
“Dave is playing under his 28 handicap regularly in friendly games when he wasn’t before and is now playing under 28 in a competition and has recently been cut to 27. I have been looking at and improving each aspect of their game as well as their mental approach to competition play and their on course decision making.”
Dave said: “Before lessons with Mark, I could just manage to get around the course to my handicap off the yellow tees. I had a huge slice and very little control of speed and distance on the putting green. I could not play to my handicap off the competition tees.
“Mark has got rid of my slice and vastly improved my putting. I have now played a couple of competitions under my handicap, which is now moving in the right direction. The mental approach I now have in competitions is helping as before I got too nervous.”
As for Debra, she said: “Mark has helped me a great deal and so far this season I have come down 12 shots, reducing my handicap from 36 to 24 and winning a few club competitions along the way.
“During my lessons we have worked on various aspects of my game. We have spent time on the different stages of my swing and have also looked at chipping and my putting stroke. All parts of my game need improvement but especially the short game.
“I hope that by the end of the season with Mark’s help and some more practice I can get my handicap down even further.’ I am delighted with my progress after just 18 months playing golf.”
Both Dave and Debra won two lessons a month from April until September with Mark at Parklands and it will be interesting to see how much they improve by the end of the season.