Glen Haynes Golf - News Archive

2015
July Newsletter
Open Season

Coaching at Stonecutters Moving Forward - As the academy grows, golfers of all sections of the membership are improving.

New initiatives have been a great success. The Ladies' Clinics have been very well supported, the Junior Winter Camps were fully subscribed. Feedback has been extremely positive:

"The boys absolutely loved it!"

"One goal completed."

"Video is a swing of an A grader."

"This game is easy!"

So great to receive such comments!

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Tip of the Month - Chipping - We can improve our short game skills, WITHOUT changing our TECHNIQUE, if we take the ideal approach to each shot.

Many players play these short shots, with no clear strategy in mind. When practising, let's try marking the point where we expect to land the ball. By doing so, we start to VISUALISE the trajectory of the shot, the amount of force required and how the ball will react when it's rolling on the green.

Even if the shot doesn't go according to plan, this is a great LEARNING tool for future short game strokes. With a clear STRATEGY in place for every shot, you build upon past performances, learning each time.

This video and others in this series, can be viewed here, on the YouTube channel, Glen Haynes Golf.

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MyGolf Centre of the Month - The Stonecutters Ridge Cadets Program continues to go from strength to strength. Our future stars are improving rapidly, benefiting from regular coaching during term time and in school holidays.

The Club and Junior Committee have been recognised for their efforts, being awarded MyGolf Junior Centre of the Month for June.

You can read more about the award here, at the MyGolf website.

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The Open Championship Special - New Clients Only - Purchase a 1-hour or 1/2-hour lesson and receive a 1-hour game assessment FREE!

Included in your appraisal will be video analysis, overall game and mental skills assessment and a complete lesson plan, designed exclusively for you.

For more information about Glen's coaching and philosophies, click here.

To book, please contact Glen directly on 0401 923883 by the end of July.

Not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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"If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate."

Tom Watson

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Improver of the Month - When Craig Dainty booked some lessons, he had a clear goal, to reduce his handicap from 15 to 12. Craig believed his short game required attention.

We scheduled two sessions, focusing on his setup. Craig's alignment was to the right, with his ball position back in his stance (left photo). This setup closed the clubface, negating all bounce from the sole of the club, reducing consistency.

By squaring his stance and clubface and by moving the ball forward (right photo), Craig now uses the bounce of his wedges more effectively, helping the club glide through the grass. Even into the grain, his confidence is increasing.

Craig achieved his goal, so we are planning an on-course session to identify other areas where we could save more strokes. Well done Craig!


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The US Open - delivered on its promise as the toughest challenge for the best players in the world. Once again the USGA came under fire, with claims it went too far with its setup of Chambers Bay.

Whatever our opinion of the course, we can't argue with the quality of players on the leaderboard.

The firm setup and 'dodgy' greens, placed a premium on ball striking, patience and mental skills. Many players were too preoccupied with the greens, to play to their full potential.

Congratulations to Spieth, who managed himself best. "There's noise around every golf tournament, about a pin position here, or the greens are this, or the layout. Someone has to win it", he said. "The quicker you realise that and don't worry about it, the easier it is just to move on with your game." For such a young player, he really impresses with his attitude. If Spieth steals the Claret Jug, we'll be asking: "Tiger who?"

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"Learn something new, every time you play."

Good golfing

Glen Haynes





June Newsletter
New Pro Settling In

My first 3 months as the new resident PGA Coach at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club have been very enjoyable.

Thank you to all the members for making me feel so welcome and thank you to Craig Scott and Steve Gannon for the opportunity to work with the Pro Shop team. We look forward to continuing the development of the coaching services at Stonecutters. I feel very fortunate to have this chance to help golfers improve and understand their games better.

Many members and guests have come to see me, hoping to enhance their Technical, Mental or Tactical golfing skills. The feedback I have received has been very encouraging, which makes my role so much more rewarding.

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Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a series of videos on my YouTube channel, Glen Haynes Golf. The theme for these tips is 'Improve your golf without changing your swing'.

Much of my coaching is designed to allow golfers to enhance their current skills, rather than rebuilding swings.

Although we can learn from the best players, every golfer is different. I've devised these videos with this in mind and I believe they can benefit golfers of all levels.

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"The ultimate judge of your swing is the flight of the golf ball."

Ben Hogan

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Some very notable triumphs on tour in May. I was very impressed by the way Rory McIlroy responded to all the chatter about Jordan Spieth as the next big star. Rory responded as the rightful #1, by winning twice, coming from behind to win his matches on 3 occasions.

Recently, at The Players' Championships, it was Rickie Fowler's turn to respond to being labelled as 'overrated', also overcoming a seemingly impossible deficit.

We are truly spoilt at the moment, by the quality of golf on show from these young players, demonstrating the ability to 'turn up the heat'.


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Lady Golfers now benefit from regular coaching on Monday mornings. Places are limited, with bookings made at the Pro Shop for our 'Coffee Mornings', exclusively for women golfers

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Following the wet weather, the Cadets Series has resumed, with future young stars taking to the links on Saturday afternoons. For many of the youngsters, this is their 1st experience on any golf course.

Our new MyGolf Junior Program began last week. The coaching session have been well attended and are designed to prepare our young players for junior membership. As well as helping the kids improve, advice is shared on rules, etiquette and conduct.

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"Learn something new, every time you play."

Thank you for reading.

Glen Haynes



22 Apr - Stonecutters Flooded
Eastern Creek bursts its banks.

With Sydney experiencing possibly the worst storm of the new millenium, the course at Stonecutters Ridge is closed this week. In fact, it's a bit more extreme than that. The neighbouring Eastern Creek has flooded its banks, flooding the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes. However, worst hit is the driving range, which is completely submerged under approximately 8 feet of flood waters!

It's still raining here in Sydney's West, so the flooding is set to continue for some time to come. Traditional coaching is impossible for the moment. However, as soon as the rain stops, I'll be releasing some specials for Putting and On-Course Lessons

Watch this space.



16 Mar - New role in Sydney
International Golf Pro swings into action at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club

This Thursday, 19 March the new resident coaching professional launches his coaching service at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club. Glen Haynes, Certified PGA Professional, Advanced in Coaching is celebrating his start at Stonecutters with a sausage sizzle and some sizzling offers to launch his new position at the golf club.

Golf coaching specials will be on offer for three days, starting at the launch. Included in the celebrations will be a putting competition, the prize is 18 holes with Glen for the winner and two friends. Entry on the day is $2 and all proceeds will go to the Junior Fund.

Launch Only Coaching Specials:

  • Birdie: Book a 1-hour lesson and get one FREE - $120
  • Eagle: Buy two x 1-hour lessons and get a playing lesson FREE - $240
  • Albatross: Sign up for three months of 1-hour per week lessons and transform your golf - $900
  • Members will benefit from a further 10% discount.
  • Glen Haynes says, "I am really excited about developing the coaching services at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club. This incredible course, with great facilities and a dynamic and friendly membership is going to be the ideal base, to continue my passion for helping golfers get the most out of the game."

    "Having spent the last 15 years working and competing in the UK and Europe, I am looking forward to sharing my experience and skills to great effect. Everyone has been so welcoming and I can't wait to get started."

    CEO of Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club, Craig Scott says, "“Adding Glen to our already quality professional team is going to take our corporate and coaching services to a new level. Glen will be coaching our teams and developing the junior coaching programme to encourage more youngsters into the game. We are delighted to have Glen on board and the future is bright at Stonecutters Ridge."

    Coaching specials will be on offer from this Thursday, 19 March through to Saturday, 21 March. Pop down to the golf club from 5pm on Thursday for a sausage sizzle and to meet Glen. He will answer questions about his coaching style and service.



    2013
    25 Dec - Merry Christmas
    New Family Member

    Congratulations to my sister-in-law Michelle and her partner, Chris. My new niece, Cari, was born on 24th December, 2013, at 4:00pm. Welcome to the world!



    18 Dec - Bishop Luffa High School
    Introduction to Golf - Year 10 Students

    90 students in one day! Whew! As part of an initiative by England Golf and the Sussex Golf Partnership, the Academy has undertaken to introduce golf to at least 200 teenagers! This all has to happen by March 2014. After contacting all the Chichester secondary schools, Bishop Luffa School invited to participate in their exploration day for their year 10 students. For the boys and girls, it was a bit of a 'Baptism of Fire'. After some brief and simple tuition, the kids were given a combination of long and short game tasks. Some took to the challenge better than others but I am proud to say that everybody had fun and managed to get the ball to fly through the air! We have scheduled some more taster sessions in January and February, for teenagers who would like to try golf. If you are interested, please give the Academy office a call on 01243 528999 to book your place.



    21 Nov - Won - 69
    Guildford Alliance - The Berkshire (Red Course)

    My final event of the year and what better course to have the opportunity to play on? With its unique layout of 6 Par 3s, 6 Par 4s & 6 Par 5s on gorgeous heathland amongst towering pines, the Red Course at The Berkshire is a real treat! This was first Guildford Alliance event for about 3 years, because of my travels to Australia. I was teamed with a couple of good buddies of mine, who have both played in a few proams with me before: Alvin MacLaren & Aaron Russell. I've been on a break from practice since the final Order of Merit event at Wildwood but I was still confident and keen to do well. I spent a bit of time the day before, concentrating on my driving and pitching and it paid off. The weather was abysmal, with freezing Northerly winds and the odd wintry shower, but we still enjoyed ourselves immensely. I birdied 5 of the Par 5s and despite a couple of mistakes on the long Par 3s, I carded a 3-under, 69 to win by 1 stroke. My partners faired less well and we finished mid-table in the team event. As always, the after game meal was phenomenal, I can heartily recommend the chef. Next venue on the Guildford Alliance schedule is Woking, a tough course with many long Par 4s. My long irons will need some work.



    8 Oct - T13th - 67, 70
    PGA South Order of Merit Invitational - Wildwood, Surrey

    36 holes in 1 day for the final Order of Merit event of 2013 for PGA South. Although Wildwood has been my home course up until recently, I didn't take much confidence into the tournament. My focus is on building my coaching at Chichester and the lack of practice has impacted my golf. However, conditions were excellent and after a steady start, I started to make some birdies. My game started to fall into place and after 16 holes, I had birdied 8 holes, bogeyed once and had a chance of posting a 'low one'. Unfortunately, a missed green and a 3-putt and I signed for a 'disappointing' 5-under 67, lying 3rd. My second round and the birdies started coming again and I made the turn in 3-under. I gave myself plenty of chances for birdies during my last 9 holes but didn't convert. I shot 2-under 70. I expected to finish in the top 10 but there were some great scores in the still conditions, so my 7-under total was only good enough for 13th. This was an indication of how strong the competition is in the PGA South now, with so many players having recently returned from their stints on the European Tour. Tough to win tournaments and even proams but great for enticing sponsors and the development of the PGA region.

    Results


    25 July - Won (Tied 1st) - 69
    Four Southern Stars in Complete Alignment - PGA South Proam - Copthorne, Sussex

    Results


    10 Jul - Mind Fit Golf
    Skills for Golf Workshop

    Tonight, the first Mind Fit Golf Academy at Chichester Golf Club, ran it's first workshop: Mind Fit - Skills for Golf. Tony Westwood and I were supported with an excellent turnout of members and regular clients. The themes for the evening were:

  • The Ball - Learning from the contact and the flight of the shot.
  • Practising with Consequence - How to make the most of your practice time.
  • We divided the workshop into equal parts of theory in the conference room and practical examples on the putting green. We will be holding many more seminars and masterclasses in the future. The next workshop will be held on 22nd January, 2014.



    2012
    31 Dec - Christmas
    Snowboarding Holiday - La Rosiere

    Hey Hey, my 1st real 'White Christmas'. I've skied before but always wanted to snowboard and here was my chance, loads of snow! In my opinion, snowboarding is tougher to learn and I have the bruises to prove it. However, once I got the hang of it and went in search of some virgin snow, I found snowboarding took on a whole new dimension! Thanks to all the family for a great holiday.



    Dec 14 - 40th - 76, 79
    Alps Tour Qualifying School - La Cala Resort, Spain

    My final event for 2012 and I was so looking forward to finishing on a high and securing 1 of the 35 'Tour Cards' on offer for next year's Alps Tour. I've always wanted to play a season on the Alps Tour. I love playing in Europe. For once, we enjoyed fine, warm weather, well, this is the Costa Del Sol. Windy though, and La Cala Asia course was tricky with many blind shots and not just from the tee! I had an up and down round on day 1, with a few birdies and a couple of 'disaster' holes. Day 2 was just rubbish. I missed the cut to advance to the final stage by 1 lousy stroke. A disappointing finish to an otherwise successful season. I'm really disappointed and looking back, I know I didn't prepare well enough. An expensive lesson!

    Results


    Nov 28 - Tied 2nd - 70
    PGA South Winter Series - North Foreland, Kent

    Brisk! This year's weather has been really trying and today was no different. Very cold, about 7C, well, that's freezing for an Aussie! And a brisk northerly wind, straight from the North Sea. Normally, a fairly straight-forward course, North Foreland was a tricky prospect with only 3 guys breaking par. Thankfully, I was one of them, turning in -3 but dropping a couple of strokes on the inward 9. Still, a great confidence boost for the upcoming Alps Tour School.

    Results


    Oct 26 - Tied 11th - 76
    PGA South Proam - Wildernesse, Kent

    It rained all day! I think these last 2 proams were 2 too many, a bit too late in the year. I battled well all day to ruin it all with a triple bogey on my penultimate hole. A tired finish, I suspect, so looking forward to a well-earned break.

    Results


    Oct 25 - Tied 16th - 76
    PGA South Proam - Laleham, Surrey

    Cold! An arctic wind and a tough day, finished well back.

    Results


    Oct 12 - Won (Tied 1st) - 72
    Sussex PGA Proam - Cottesmore, Sussex

    A tough, chilly, wet & windy day and the scoring reflected. My 72 was good enough for a joint win, my 6th for 2012! My playing partners, Alvin, Ali & Eamonn were as always, great company and kept me going against the elements. We've played a few proams together this season and my thanks to the guys for their support.

    Results


    Oct 9 - Tied 35th - 74,73
    PGA South Order of Merit Invitational - Wildwood, Surrey

    Back at Wildwood for the final 'Order of Merit' event for the season. One of those frustrating tournaments when I couldn't make anything happen. Putted like a drongo!

    Results


    Oct 4-5 - Tied 13th - 75,69
    PGA South Invitational Proam - Wildwood, Surrey

    My home course, so fairly confident of a good result. However, consistency has eluded me lately and I threw in a couple of 'train wrecks' again. Some lovely golf to recover and finish level-par for the 2-day tournament.

    Results


    Oct 3 - Tied 9th - 72
    Surrey PGA Proam - Malden, Surrey

    A solid performance without holing many putts, a top-ten finish.

    Results


    Sep 26-27 - Tied 33rd - 72
    Woosnam/Faldo Challenge PGA South Order of Merit - Dale Hill/Chart Hills

    Unfortunately, our 1st day at Dale Hill was washed out, so the tournament was shortened to an 18 hole sprint at Chart Hills. Unfortunately, I got off to a rotten start, finding a bunker almost filled with water. Of course, I had to drop in the bunker and the ball buried! Anyway, despite being 4 over par after 8 holes, I managed to bounce back with 4 birdies and signed for 72. I was only 4 strokes behind the winner but only won last money, that's a sprint for you.

    Results


    Sep 25 - Tied 8th - 73
    Woosnam/Faldo Challenge Proam - Dale Hill

    This proam was a great opportunity to invite some good buddies. My thanks to Ralph, Chris & Paul for a super day.

    Results



    Sep 19 - Runner Up - 69
    Surrey PGA Proam - Bramley, Surrey

    Bramley has a short, tight layout with tricky greens. I played some nice golf but made some soft bogeys, so when I signed for my level-par 69, I figured a top-10, maybe top-5 finish. So, I was surprised it was good enough for outright 2nd place, although ex-tour player Andy Raitt, shot a superb 65 to keep things in perspective for me. Despite some solid recent results, I've decided to withdraw from the European Tour School. I'm under no illusions how tough it would be to qualify through all 3 stages, 14 rounds against a quality field. Instead, I will be entering the Alps Tour School in Spain in December. More about this later.

    Results


    Sep 14 - Won (Tied 1st) - 66
    PGA South Region Proam - Copthorne, Sussex

    A return to the winner's circle and a great comeback after the debacle at Foxhills. I was invited to play by Tony MacDonald, who was part of our winning team at Banstead Proam. So far Tony has seen me shoot 2 66s! Maybe he should play golf with me more often! My thanks to Tony, Ray & Aaron for a great day.

    The following was published in the PGA Professional magazine:

    Glen Haynes (Wildwood) and David Callaway (Milford) shot scorching rounds of 66 to share the honours in the Copthorne Pro-Am. The pair's five-under-par efforts earned them cheques for £675 with their dazzling performances edging out strong competition from James Ablett (Lee-on-the-Solent) who was a stroke further back. Newly crowned PGA Southern Professional champion Ben St John (Woodcote Park) carded a three-under-par 68 for fourth spot. Both Haynes and Callaway were under par at the turn, before ripping the back nine apart with each also birdying the final hole. But while Haynes made seven birdies overall to Callaway's six, he carded two bogeys compared to Callaway's solitary dropped shot. Ablett had seven birdies and an eagle, but five bogeys including three on the back nine spoiled a potentially spectacular card. Haynes put his success down to a complete re-focusing after missing the cut in the past week's Order of Merit event at Foxhills. My thinking was a lot better coming to Copthorne, he explained. 'After thinking hard about my golf in the previous event, I realised I had to be committing to every shot 100 per cent, no matter what it involved. I worked on that and came to Copthorne in a much more focused frame of mind. The net result was a much more solid game, real commitment on each shot, and due to making a small change I was making the putts from 10 foot in. I'm now working on taking each shot as it comes, watching the club hit the ball and committing to every shot.'

    Results


    Sep 11 - Missed Cut - 81
    Southern Pros Champs - PGA South Order of Merit - Foxhills, Surrey

    Ouch! 2 disaster holes and I'm out of the running. Such a shame, as I was really looking forward to this tournament. I still feel in good form at the moment and won't let 1 bad round affect my confidence.

    Results


    Sep 7 - Tied 9th - 72
    Sam Bannister Trophy - PGA South Proam - West Surrey

    Always a pleasure to return to this wonderful course, a favourite naturally, as I won here a few years ago. Played steadily without lighting it up.

    Results


    Sep 3 - 3rd - 69
    Proam - Foxbridge, Sussex

    I had a lesson with my coach, Clive Tucker last week and suffered a drop in performance. So, I was keen to make amends on a course that has been good to me - I've shot 64 here. A flying start gave me a chance to beat that score, 4 under through the 1st 8 holes. The back 9 was unfortunately a bit of a struggle but I take a lot of positives from the day.



    Aug 23 - Tied 27th - 74,73
    Surrey PGA Championships - Cuddington GC

    36 holes in one frustrating day, just missed too many fairways. After a poor start I rallied well to get back in the hunt. However, conditions were good and the scores were low. In the end, I didn't take full advantage of the reachable par 5s.

    Results


    Aug 15-16 - T22nd - 75,75,75
    Kent Open - PGA South Order of Merit - Princes, Kent

    Windy! Wow! Much stronger and we wouldn't have been able to play! I was reasonably happy with the way I played, links golf not being my strong suit. Would have been 1 better but had a ball move after I'd addressed it in the rough, must be more careful!

    Results


    Aug 4 - T4th - 70
    PGA Proams - Lee-on-Solent, Hindhead, Brickendon Grange

    3 Proams this week on some nice courses. An ordinary day at Lee-on-Solent for a 75. Much better golf at Hindhead, a 71 to finish 11th. Next up, Brickendon Grange Proam, my 1st event in the East Region, invited by my buddies from the Lighthouse Proam (my win at Tandridge). Off to a flyer with an eagle, par, birdie start but made a couple of silly errors later. Finished 1 under for 4th.

    Results


    Jul 26 - T13th - 73, 73
    Tylney Park Classic Order of Merit - Tylney Park, Hants

    The 3rd Order of Merit event for us in the PGA South Region was the Tylney Park Classic. Finally, the sun was out, summer has arrived! We started with the pre-tournament pro-am and I entered with my good buddies from Gatton Manor: Dave, Barry & Neil. We had a good crack and finished 3rd with 83 points. I shot 73, 1 over par and was steady but didn't score enough birdies for the better ball format. Still, a good course refresher for the Classic for the next 2 days. Tylney Park is in great nick but the rough is brutal, lost ball and forget it stuff!

    A late start for me in round 1 of the Classic and the sun is already blazing. It's hot, even for an Aussie! I decided not to ask anyone to caddy, as I seem to be playing better without one at the moment. In contrast to the pro-am, I make many birdies but marred a good round with a triple-bogey 6 at the 8th. My only wide shot of the afternoon and my 5iron finds an impossible lie! I would have been better off losing it! 73 again and made the cut.

    We had the tees right back on the final round and we played to some tight pins too. Played nicely again but missed quite a few good birdie chances. Signed for my 3rd successive 73 and finished tied 13th out of 128 players. I take a lot of positives from the week and can really feel the hard work paying off.

    Results


    Jul 8 - Won - 66 (New Course Record)
    Surrey PGA Proam - Banstead, Surrey

    3 Pro-ams in Surrey this week and time to put the disappointment of a couple of missed cuts behind me and shoot some low scores.

    Cuddington 1st up and I played brilliantly from tee-to-green on yet another windy day. I hit 15 greens in regulation but only holed 1 putt for birdie. 2 over for the day for 10th place.

    Banstead Downs next and it all clicked, Course Record! Again, brilliant long game and many birdie chances. I didn't hole them all but bagged enough to shoot 66 (5-under) to win by 4 strokes. My 2nd course record in 5 weeks is certainly a boost for my confidence. My team from Copthorne Golf Club were also in great form, winning by 5 strokes. The guys were great fun and very supportive, which goes a long way to an enjoyable day and great scoring.

    Finally, The Addington, ranked 30th course in England. Some good golf again but a couple of errors from the tee. I shot 70 (+1), tied 7th but only 3 off the pace.

    All in all, a successful and profitable week. Looking forward to more success this week, travelling to Kent for the proams at Cherry Lodge and Dartford.

    Results


    Jun 30 - MC - 77
    PGA Surrey Open Championships - Gatton Manor, Surrey

    Back to home soil for the Surrey Open at Gatton Manor, the 2nd PGA South Region Order of Merit. Gatton Manor has been good hunting ground for me in the past, I won last year's pro-am at the parkland course. So, I was looking forward to the tight fairways and slick, sloping greens.

    However, with all the rain we've endured, the greens were incredibly soft. My tee-time was 3:20pm, at the end of field. 132 pairs of feet trampled the greens to a bumpy, spongy mess. I struck the ball well and gave myself plenty of birdie chances. I had 3 3-putts on the front 9, forcing me to play catch up. Despite my caddie's best efforts to encourage me to make a comeback, 2 birdies weren't enough, I shot +5 and missed the cut by 4. My thanks to John C for caddying, despite a dodgy leg.

    Another frustrating result after such a promising start to the season. Back to the practice green!

    Results


    Jun 24 - MC - 77, 74
    Alps Tour - Open International du Haut Poitou, France

    Bigger tournament this week. I was granted a wild card in the Alps Tour event, Open International du Haut Poitou, in France.

    The Alps Tour is the 3rd tier tour in Southern Europe. (1st tier: European Tour, 2nd tier: Challenge Tour) Tournaments are played on excellent golf courses and are well run over 54 or 72 holes.

    Players were greeted with sunny skies but plenty of wind yet again. My wife, Helen, travelled to France with me and caddied for me. I started solidly enough, with a few pars but my trip across the channel quickly turned ugly, with a disastrous 9! Still, plenty of holes left to recover, so I hung in there and with the help of an eagle 2 at the 9th, (holed a 3 iron!) signed for 4 over.

    With less breeze on the 2nd day, I needed to score well if I wanted to make the cut. I scored 5 birdies but again, too many errors again and I scored 1 over par. Not good enough and I missed the cut by 2 strokes. Must improve my consistency!



    Jun 17 - Through to Round 3
    PGA South Order of Merit Keith MacDonald Match Play Championships

    A busy week this week, with mixed results. Of my 2 matches, I won one, lost one. Fortunately, my win was in the PGA South Order of Merit Matchplay Championships, so through to the 3rd round. I played ok in my other match but didn't make enough birdies.

    Then, 4 pro-ams in a row! I started well in 3 of the events, making early birdies. However, I was a little wayward at times and paid the penalty. With a couple of 3-putts thrown in, I finished off the pace.



    Jun 10 - Won (Tied 1st) - 67
    Surrey PGA Proam - Surbiton, Surrey

    Only 2 pro-ams this week, Sand Martins and Surbiton. Both played in extremely windy conditions, so patience and good course management required. Unfortunately, I opened with a poor tee shot at Sand Martins, caught a tree and kicked out of bounds. Played pretty well for the rest of the day, hitting 14 greens in regulation. I scored 5 birdies but a few more errors in the tricky conditions. I signed for a 73, 5 off the pace and tied 6th, not too bad after the start but definitely not consistent enough.

    The only similarity to my game the next day at Surbiton was the weather! Although not quite as strong as Friday, the wind played a major part in the tournament and scores were high again. However, today I had much better control of my trajectory and my putting was very solid. Although I only made 3 birdies, I was very pleased to complete my round without dropping a single stroke! 67 and the early lead. Probably not quite good enough to win but certainly a place finish.

    I had a long wait for the presentation (9 hours!), so after lunch I headed back to the range to work on my wind play. I must be a glutton for punishment! After a few more hours, the wind finally began to subside. After some more practice on my short game, my score was finally matched by Jamie Harris, good friend and fellow marathon runner from The Nevill Golf Club. However, no-one improved on our 67s and with no countback or play-off in pro-ams, we were declared joint winners. My 3rd victory for 2012 and another boost for the bank balance!

    My result lifts me to 3rd on the PGA South Region money list and 1st on the Surrey PGA Order of Merit!

    A busy week ahead, with 2 knockout matches and 4 proams! That'll be 8 rounds in 9 days! Hopefully, the fitness work I'm putting in will have me feeling as fresh next weekend.

    Results


    Jun 1 - Won - 66(New Course Record)
    Haynes Shines at Lighthouse Proam

    Glen Haynes (Wildwood G&CC) found top form to shoot a course record five-under-par 66 at Tandridge GC to win the Lighthouse Pro-Am. Haynes's stellar performance outshone the excellent 67 of Martin Woodbridge (Bearwood Lakes), whose round was heading for the low sixties with eagles at the ninth and 12th holes, until he dropped three shots in two holes by double-bogeying the par three 13th and bogeying the 14th. Despite a bogey at the 15th, Haynes's card was still the lowest yet recorded around the recently refurbished and lengthened Colt-designed course, and earned him the winner's cheque of £750. The Lighthouse Club is a charity set up to help fund the care of those in the construction industry affected by injury or death, and with the help of a number of major names in the construction industry, the Pro-Am event has raised well over £100,000 since it was started twelve years ago. Out in 33 and three-under-par, Haynes continued his charge with birdies on 11, 12 and 13. "I just played solidly all day and found some putting form on the greens which were immaculate," he said "My course management was spot on, and I think the key shot was hitting a 3-iron to four foot at the long par three 13th to make nearest the pin and the only birdie there all day. This is one of my favourite events, having tied for the win a couple of times before for both the individual and the team events. Team Orbital and myself nearly did it again this time, but we were pipped at the post on a count back by Nick Redfern's team!" Haynes continued: "All the practice and hard work's paying off now, and going back to Australia and playing there over the winter has really helped. "I had some great results while I was out there, with four seconds and a victory at Bothwell, the oldest course in Australia." "It's great to have the chance to play regularly again and I'll definitely be keeping up the work rate for the rest of the season to maintain this sort of form."

    Results


    May 29 - T12th - 73, 76, 72
    PGA Southern Open Championships - The Drift, Surrey

    Well, a solid start to my PGA South Region Order of Merit, tied 12th in the Southern Open at The Drift Golf Club. The course was in its best condition for years, thanks to a new head groundsman. Although, the greens still have a lot of grass on them, the fairways and surrounds were in good condition. As ever, the Drift was playing fast, demanding premium accuracy.

    I'm out there to win every event I enter but to be honest, The Drift hasn't been a good hunting ground for me. With only 36 from 132 players to qualify for the final day, I was pleased to make the cut with my level-par 73. My round was a mixed bag of good saves and missed birdie opportunities from close range.

    36 holes to play on the 2nd day and 6 strokes adrift of the lead. With warm weather and plenty of birdie chances, I needed a fast start. It was a case of deja vu and despite many chances, I only parred the 1st 7 holes. A couple of mistakes in the middle of my round and I signed for a disappointing 76!

    In the past, I would have thrown caution to the wind in the final round and tried to drive all those tight, short par 4s. However, I decided to stick to my game plan and played position golf. I was rewarded with a final round of 1-under par to finish tied 12th, 10 strokes from the winner.

    I look forward to our next order of merit event, The Surrey Open at Gatton Manor. I won the pro-am at this venue last year, so I have positive memories. The greens are sloping and normally quick, very like those in Sydney, so should suit me to a tee.



    May 18 - T2nd - 67
    Surrey PGA Proam - Redhill & Reigate, Surrey

    It was great to see Redhill & Reigate return to the Surrey Proam schedule and I looked forward to this day for some time. Dating back to 1887, this is the 2nd oldest golf club in Surrey. A short but particularly 'snug' course, as described by the PGA, it demands premium accurary both off the tee and to the small greens.

    I stuck to my game plan most of the day, with many irons from the tee and I holed out well from inside 10 feet for some good saves. Despite missing a few opportunities for birdies on the tricky greens, I was level par after 17 holes, with the short, par 4 1st hole still to play. Another tight hole but I decided to take on the green and I carried my drive over the corner, onto the green, leaving myself and outside chance of eagle. It ended up being a tough 2 putt, good enough for a 1-under par, 67 and a tie for 2nd place.

    A thoroughly enjoyable day, with a super bunch of guys, who were very supportive all day, which makes the day all worth while. Thank you to Mick, Andy & Dave for a super day.



    May 15 - T26th - 74
    Surrey PGA Proam - Wimbledon Park, Surrey

    This week, the Surrey PGA opened their summer season with the Wimbledon Park Pro-am. As per the past 6 weeks, the players were met with cold, wet, miserable conditions! Unfortunately, I was unable to find my initial tee shot off the 1st hole and followed that penalty with a 3-putt through a puddle. My mood matched the weather! Never say die, I rallied as best I could and scored a couple of birdies. However, I continued to struggle with the varied pace of the greens, some saturated and some drier and surprisingly, quite fast. I signed for a 74, well off the pace. I look forward to playing the course in normal conditions, as it looks an interesting and testing layout.



    May 11 - T15th - 74
    PGA South Proam - Farnham

    My 1st UK Pro-am of the season was at Farnham Golf Club. Finally, the seemingly incessant rain stopped and despite a chilly breeze, it was a pleasure to play golf wearing something other than my rain jacket!

    I shot a 2 over par, 74 to finish tied 15th out of 41 professionals. I won last cheque, which was my entry fee. A slightly disappointing result but I take many positives from the day. My ball striking was consistent and I hit many fairways and greens. However, I struggled with the soft ground when I had a wedge in my hand. Putting was also average.

    So, my focus will be on those scoring shots, when practising this week. Especially, as we play a couple of short, tight courses next week, namely: Wimbledon Park and Redhill & Reigate.



    Apr 15 - Q for Round 2 - Won 3 & 2
    TP Tour Series Match Play Round 1 - Wildwood, Surrey

    Match Play! My favourite form of the game. I just love the competition, the chance to go head to head with one of my peers, the oldest form of golf.

    Today was my 1st round match in the TP Tour Series knockout competition. I have the 'home' draw, which is always a strong advantage. However, I haven't played at Wildwood for months.

    My opponent is Richard Edgington, a long hitting pro from Royal Wimbledon Golf Club. He knows Wildwood well, shooting 66 in our Wildwood Invitational in 2010. He's also in top form, having won the recent TP Tour event at Walton Heath, in a playoff, after a fine 67, 5 under.

    My front 9 was steady, with no birdies & 1 bogey. Edge was erratic but birdied both par 5s. I turned 1 up. We played better on the back 9, trading birdies and it was close all the way. I won on the last, with putting proving the deciding factor. The greens were a good speed but bumpy from recent renovations. So, we both missed a few makeable putts.

    my next opponent is James Sheffield and I am away. James is from The Wisley, so that will be my 1st time on the course. I'd better go for a practice round! Looking forward to the challenge.



    Mar 29 - R/U - 67
    Commercial Club Proam - Albury, NSW, Australia

    I have recently returned to the UK from touring my homeland. While in Australia, I enjoyed much success, scoring many top 10s, including 1 win, 4 2nds and a 3rd place finish.

    My favourite moment was at Bothwell Golf Club, the oldest golf course in Australia. Situated in the Tasmanian Highlands, Bothwell is a unique and challenging layout, not made any easier by the odd bit of fencing around the greens to keep the sheep off! It's a quaint and quirky place, with a charm all it's own. The Ratho Stampede is a knockout event, with 2 professionals being eliminated each hole. With all the prizemoney of $1,000 going to the winner, the pressure was felt by all and I had to survive 2 'chip-offs' when scores were tied. Eventually, we came to the final hole, with only 2 of us vying for the title. There was great atmosphere with all those eliminated staying to watch. The last is a long, blind par 3 over a hedge, with only the top of the flag showing. We both missed the green, leaving difficult chips to a tight pin, perched on the tiny, top tier of the green. My approach was closer and I sank a nervy 4 footer for the prize. Great fun!

    The Commercial Club $25,000 Pro-am at Albury Golf Club was my most lucrative stop. With stormy conditions, sudden downpours and lightning delays, I was pleased to shoot a 67. This finished outright 2nd, with a healthy cheque of $2850. Not bad for one day's work!

    A short but well-earned break from golf now, with plenty of fitness training.

    Results


    Feb 5 - R/U - 67
    James Boag Port Sorrell Proam

    Haynes returned a score of three-under par 67 in the windy conditions More

    Full Story & Results


    Jul 6, 2011
    PGA Surrey Open Proam - Gatton Manor, Surrey

    3 players shot 4-under-par 68s at Gatton Manor in the PGA Surrey Open Pro-am. Splitting the winning cheques were Glen Haynes, Andrew Cloke and David Callaway.

    Results


    Nov 6, 2007
    PGA South Order of Merit Keith MacDonald Memorial Trophy Match Play Championships - Wentworth, Surrey
    Lingfield Park's Glen Haynes is looking forward to next season having recording the biggest win of his career with victory in the Keith MacDonald Memorial Match Play Championships. The 35-year-old from Sydney accounted for Sutton Green's Cliff Gough, fellow Australian Nathan Main and North Foreland's Darren Parris and Order of Merit Winner, Littlestone's Ant Tarchetti on the way to the semi-finals at Wentworth. Lea Cooper was beaten by a closing birdie on the final green of the Edinburgh course before another birdie at the 18th on the famous West Course saw Glen see off the challenge of Ashford's Paul Sherman. "It is definitely the biggest win of my career and my first in the South Region Order of Merit," said Haynes, who also won the Surrey Assistants' Championship this summer. "It pushed me up to 13th in the Order of Merit and that will open other doors for me next year. "It has been a consistent season but I didn't have enough wins in the Order of Merit. "I'm looking forward to next year when I will be trying to get into the PGA Play-Offs (by finishing in the top three of the Order of Merit)."



    Tips to improve your golf without changing your swing!



    The new resident coach at Stonecutters Ridge



    Retaining my title with a 69 at Copthorne



    Haynes Shines at Lighthouse Pro-am



    The Paul Hurring Memorial Trophy - Horne Park




    The Keith MacDonald Memorial Trophy - South Region Match Play Championships - Wentworth




    Banstead Golf Club - Scene of my 2nd Course Record 66 for 2012