In July Adam was invited to attend 1 of 10 regional 3 day Lee Westwood academy programmes at the Warwickshire Golf Club. There were 35 boys at the Warwickshire with ages ranging from 7 to 16. Over the 3 days the boys were subjected to a series of drills and assessments with the scoring based on their age. All the scores were totted up giving both age group winners and an overall winner. Adam won his age group and the overall which gave him the opportunity, along with the other 9 regional winners to enjoy a day at Lindrick Golf Club in Nottinghamshire. Here he would be fitted by the Ping staff for a new driver, putter, a pair of Footjoy shoes and the experience of a lifetime to play golf with Lee Westwood.
12th September at Lindrick Golf Club started with 10 nervous, excited little faces waiting in the clubhouse all wondering how the day would pan out, when would he turn up? What car will he turn up in? What should I say? Hoping that when it came to the golf they would be able to perform. Lee duly arrived at 9.30 in a Mercedes SLS, AMG, the one with the gull wing doors and with that the nervous excitement went up a few notches.
Following introductions from the organizers all the players were sent down to the range to have their club fittings and were soon joined by Lee, hitting balls and chatting to the ever increasing crowd. It soon became apparent that this was going to be a very relaxed event.
The 9 boys and 1 girl went out in 3 groups with Lee playing 6 holes with each group. Adam was in the last group so as they walked off the 12th green Lee was waiting on the 13th tee and just said “alright lads, mind if I join you” which was met with stunned silence.
And so it started, they all teed off and Lee, the 4 boys and 25 followers all set off up the 13th fairway. It was quite a test for the boys, playing with a golfing superstar in front of a large crowd and some were a little overawed by the occasion but I am pleased to say Adam suffered no such difficulties, played very well and wandered round the 6 holes chatting to Lee about the Ryder cup, Nottingham Forrest football club and anything else that came into his head. The highlight of many highlights for Adam came on the 394 yard 17th, Lee hit driver, wedge and 2 putts but was no match for Adam’s driver, 3 wood to 8 feet and holed the putt for a birdie 3.
To witness Lee playing such powerful, direct, controlled golf at close quarters was a real treat and for those present with aspirations of playing at his level were left in no doubt where they need to be to have any chance of doing something in this game.
They all shook hands on the 18th green and Lee signed for a 65.
In the clubhouse after we all tucked into a nice buffet, Lee posed for photos with anyone who wanted their picture taken with him and signed anything anyone wanted signing. Lee, his management team and Lindrick Golf Club were perfect hosts and I strongly recommend that anyone reading this under 16 try to get yourself on one of the Lee Westwood Academy programmes, work hard and you never know you might end up with the experience of a lifetime playing alongside the great man himself.
On a personal note I must thank Ian Hulse to think Adam a worthy candidate to represent Dorset Golf Union and offer him this unique opportunity.