Laddie Lucas Award for the Paul Mitchell Golf Academy

June 10 2015



The Paul Mitchell Golf Academy in Bristol was honoured (the Laddie Lucas Award) for its great work in encouraging disabled children and making them feel highly welcome and part of all golf activity as they learn to play the game and make new friends.


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The European Tour is one long learning experience, admits Lloyd

June 19 2013

WITH the 113th US Open this week, all eyes will be on the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the other superstars of golf.

But away from the second major of the year, golfer Chris Lloyd is still dreaming of one day becoming a real contender in the sport.

The 21-year-old from Kingswood – who turned pro just three years ago – believes that missing out on the majors is all a part of his development as a player.

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Chris Wood: Victory at last and I owe it to so many

August 19 2012

So it's finally happened for me. My first win as a pro came at the Thailand Open last week. And I firstly have to thank my manager Chubby Chandler and all at International Sports Management for getting me out there along with David Howell, Dave Horsey and Richard Finch.

Without Chubby sorting a place for us I wouldn't be coming home with the trophy. I've said in my weekly blog for a long time now that I've been playing the golf worthy of winning several tournaments, but it just wasn't happening for me. I've been giving myself chances on what feels like nearly every hole without converting them. Last week, though, I think I finally turned a corner with my putting. I've found a drill that I'm now doing every day that I practice.

And after going through things with Phil Kenyon, my putting coach, we think this is the way to go from now on. I'm doing a holing out drill around the hole from 3-5 feet from north, south, east and west. Putting my tee pegs in at these points and not leaving until I hole each putt consecutively. If I miss one I start again. It's harder than it sounds, but gets me hitting lots of putts and seeing lots of them going into the hole. It also puts a bit of pressure on each putt. Scoring last week was always going to be low and I shot 67, 64, 67, 67 to finish 23-under par for the week. I made only three bogeys in four rounds, similar to when I played in Austria a couple of weeks ago. I made only two bogeys that week, but in Thailand I converted the chances.

My golf this year really has stepped up to a new consistency and a lot of that I put down to the team I work with. My coach Paul Mitchell, my trainer Andy Wadsworth, my physio Rich Bricknell and Phil. I work with these four closely and having Paul, Andy and Rich five minutes from my flat is great. All of them keep in touch with each other on a regular basis.

When I landed at Heathrow, I drove straight to my parents' house to see them and share my win with them as they have supported me since I started my golf. All the trips away as an amateur don't come cheap, so without the way they've supported me I wouldn't be a pro on the European Tour, let alone starting to win tournaments.

This week I'll be having a couple of ciders and then getting back to practice to prepare for the next four weeks on tour, starting at Gleneagles next week for the Johnnie Walker Championship.

One thing I do know is that I'm working on the right things with the right people. The only way is up.

Around Bristol & Clifton

2016 - English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship

2013 - English Senior Men's Amateur Championship

2012 - South West of England Schools' Championship

2010 - English Women's Open Mid-Amateur Championship