WESTWOOD’S COACH BOWLED OVER BY CONWY COURSE
“The finest greens I have ever putted on” – Tony Johnstone
Lee Westwood’s putting coach, Tony Johnstone, led a chorus of praise for the course at Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club after the North Wales club played host to the Speedy Services Wales Seniors Open in 2012, the third time in six years.
The challenge, presentation and condition of the course all came in for lavish praise from players, officials and spectators, while European Tour representatives commended club staff for their work after a summer of disappointing weather. In his victory speech, Barry Lane complimented the club on the excellent course presentation.
Second-placed Golding, who turned 50 earlier this year and was only playing in his fourth senior event, had led after the first round with a course record-equalling 64, including a European Senior Tour record of eight consecutive birdies from the ninth hole. “It is a course where you have to think off the tee,” he said. “You can’t hit a driver everywhere. It’s a great course. Every hole makes you think and the greens were in fantastic condition today.”
Running at the Stimpmeter speed requested by the Tour of between 10.5 and 11.0 each day, the putting surfaces provided the perfect test for the skills of the players. Echoing the thoughts of many of his fellow players, Anders Forsbrand said: “It’s a great golf course. You have to focus on every single shot.”
However, even these comments were surpassed by those of Sky Sports golf pundit and renowned putting and short-game expert Tony Johnstone, who said: “Those were the finest greens I’ve ever putted on.” Johnstone was recently appointed putting and short-game coach to former world number one Westwood and is acknowledged as one of the finest putters of his generation, having won six times on the main European Tour. He finished in seventh position at Conwy.
“One of my favourite links courses. Fabulous views on a brilliant golf course with great catering – what more!” Andrew Murray, former European Tour Winner and winner of the European Seniors Tour Final Qualifying School in 2014.
“I can’t wait to play Conwy again, it’s an awesome course”, Sam Torrance.
“Leah was really friendly and helpful and helped us enjoy the Conwy experience even more.”
“The golf course was fantastic and the food and hospitality afterwards were even better. Thanks for a great day. We will return.”
“An enjoyable day from start to finish. Very welcoming and helpful staff with a warm sense of humour. If I had to describe the whole experience in one word…….QUALITY.”
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