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Off to New Mexico

Hello Everyone, I have to say that I'm extremely excited and glad to be representing Parallel Clothing here in Arizona this year! My schedule has been quite hectic as of late and I'm working hard to prepare for the US Public Links qualifying tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico next weekend. I'm hoping to improve on my finish in the event after nearly missing to grab a spot last year. I shot 70 and was in a seven man playoff for the remaining spots. After parring the first, I bogeyed the second after failing to get up and down. I ended up finishing as an alternate for the championship which was highly disappointing. However, I took a lot of positives from the event that has helped carry me throughout the gradual stages of improvement this past year. This year in New Mexico there are only 40 entries so we will all be fighting for one qualifying spot. I've been working hard on my game and am slowly beginning to see improvements on the overall shape of my swing which should improve the consistency of my ball striking. I have to thank my swing coach Andrew Getson at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale for all the hard work and wisdom he has instilled in me. I'll be keeping you all updated about how the tournament goes and look forward to catching you all up on everything soon. God bless.
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Date Added: 18/06/2013
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US Amateur Qualifier

It's been a busy past couple weeks! Tomorrow I will be qualifying at the Wigwam Golf Resort for the US Amateur. I've come close to qualifying in the past and would absolutely love to qualify to compete in my country's national championship. I was able to play a practice round today and will need to play the par 3's well and take advantage of every scoring opportunity on the par 5's on the golf course. Need to drop some putts to get through. Last week I competed in the Arizona State Amateur qualifier and qualified with a 73. Not my best performance, but I'll be ready to compete in the AZ State Amateur at the beginning of August in Tucson Arizona. The game felt great during the qualifier, but I struggled once again with the putter. I've been focusing on my visualization when putting and trying to allow the athlete in me take over when I putt. I've seen some improvement in my last few practice rounds and am hoping that it will translate tomorrow into a great first round score to put me in a good position to qualify. I'll keep you all updated about how the qualifier goes. I'd love to represent Parallel on a national level after hopefully qualifying!
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Date Added: 18/06/2013
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The Fundamentals

Over the past month or so I've been striking the ball quite well off the tee and from about 150 yards and out with my irons. However, when I got to 100 yards and in I was horrible! I was air mailing greens, hitting thin, fat, coming up short, pretty much anywhere but on the green. Not very good considering those are your scoring clubs. I lost all confidence in those clubs. So bad that I would even consider taking a 6 iron and hitting a bump from 100 yards if there wasn't any trouble in front of the green. That might actually be a good play on some links style courses but not around me where it's mainly parkland-type courses. This past week I went to my swing coach to get a quick tune up. It turns out that I was getting too upright in my posture. It has always been a tendency of mine but he said it was the most upright that he had ever seen me. As soon as I got more bent over from the waist it felt awful and very uncomfortable but I started making solid contact again and the distance with the wedges became consistent again. This just goes to show how important the fundamentals of grip, alignment and posture are. You hear it all the time but it\'s not until you experience something like this that you really begin to realize it. I've been working on the range with the new posture to get used to it and will be testing it out on the course this weekend hopefully!
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Date Added: 18/06/2013
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Trilby No trilby

Sprowston Manor held a Trilby Tour qualifier on the 9th July. I played well scoring 34 points off the "pushed back" Whites with pins in their trickiest positions. 41 points won the day from a 5 handicapper, I was in fact tied eighth which I thought was pretty good considering the blustery conditions that my group played through. I wore a parallel inverted collar design that day which I think helped keep me focused as it coped with the changeable temperatures in fine style.
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Date Added: 18/06/2013
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My Volvo Stalls

Just back from a stuttering start in the Volvo matchplay singles, in which I found myself 4 down by the turn. Still I rallied and came back to half things after the 16th, kept them that way on the 17th by sinking a bogey putt from 25 feet. Sadly a bogey was not good enough on the 18th against his par. Still it was a great match and I felt pretty good wearing my Parallel Inverted Collar Golf Polo Shirt - Olive PC-049. After it was all over my opponent commented on my "funky" shirt and I think that he will be buying into the coolest golf clothing brand out there very shorty! Playing the Trilby Tour Qualifier at Sprowston Manor on Saturday, with another Parallel creation on my back I know that I'm going to feel good whatever state my golf game is in. Swing Easy.
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Date Added: 18/06/2013
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An Early Call

08:10 am this morning, postman at the door with a delivery from Parallel Golf Clothing. Fantastic selection of golf shirts that I recently ordered, 4 funky golf shirts for myself and a very trendy one for my 15 year old son Tom who is an occasional golfer: 1) Parallel Smart Full length Golf Shirt - White PC-028 - kind of classic with an edge - really stylish 2) Parallel Inverted Collar Golf Polo Shirt - Olive PC-049 - the inverted collar on these are very fashionable 3) Parallel Inverted Collar Golf Polo Shirt - Midnight PC-049 - as golf clothes go this is my wifes favourite 4) Parallel Asymmetric Golf Polo Shirt - Red PC-048 - Final day red - has it got some magic in it? Thanks to the guys at Parallel - I was amazed with the service, I only ordered them the previous day.
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Date Added: 18/06/2013
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Sunday in Southport

3rd July 2011 - Played what I would call a good round today on a very tricky nine hole course, Southport Old Links in their 3 Division Open medal. A lot of players don't like nine hole layouts, but I can honestly say that Southport Old Links breaks the "repetitive mould" here, as they have gone to great lengths to adjust the way you play the 2nd nine with a selection of alternate teeing areas that give a new challenge to your second time around the layout. The greens here were fantastic and gave me my best putting round of the year so far with 32 putts, careful choice of clubs from the tee helped too as this is a course where you need to have your head screwed-on right to play well. Nett 78 on a Par 72 course was the result. I've included this link to the course http://www.southportoldlinksgolfclub.co.uk/pages.php/index.html Anyone who is interested in playing it can get straight to the details, if you are thinking about it and want some company - then email me at sanlorenzogolf@gmail.com Swing Easy!
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Date Added: 18/06/2013
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Worsley Park

Spent the day at Worsley Park, playing full handicap stableford in the Golf Monthly Centenary day. Fantastic weather with glorious sunshine and a slight breeze helped me to a total of 30 points. Sadly I could have made a tie for the win had I not been drawn into the Long Drive showdown on the 18th. Macho behaviour brought on by some great driving that day.... at least I could not blame my funky Parallel shirt, as I had felt so good playing in it all day, it kept me cool in the sun and drew quite a bit of interest as a "new" brand from the group I was playing in. Pete Lavery, Mal Hodson and Stephen Briggs (who all were happy to be mentioned in this blog) admired my Parallel Asymmetric Golf Polo Shirt - Red PC-048 Pete in particular was impressed by the cutting edge style of the product. http://www.parallelclothing.com/product_info.php?cPath=96&products_id=1585 Some photos of this event will be added later when they are published by Golf Monthly.
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Date Added: 18/06/2013
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Breadsall Priory

Wearing my super-trendy Parallel Smart Full length Golf Shirt - White, I had another go at the Golf Monthly Centenary series, this time at Breadsall Priory, a course that features small wickedly contoured greens and tight fairways in a compact area. I played here with fellow Ambassador Alan Gunnigle, who shot 36 points... I did not. I did however, have my first competition drive of over 300 yards. This was on the 363 yard par 4 11th, where I recorded a drive of 308 yards to the centre of the fairway - absolute magic! (I measured this with my Snooper S280 GPS SatNav) Again, I will attach photos when they are published by Golf Monthly later. Next stop - the Lancashire handicap Foursomes Final at Pleasington Golf Club on the 3rd August, paired with Alan Gunnigle. Swing easy!
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Date Added: 18/06/2013
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Braid Course Under Threat

I played the magnificent Royal Norwich golf course yesterday in the company of their professional Simon Youd. Simon liked the funky Parallel range of Golf shirts that I showed him in the brochure. He thought that that they were some of the most stylish, trendy and unique shirts on the market. The Royal Norwich Golf course is a James Braid layout, which for those of us who have played his creations will know are always well designed and testing courses. Braid did not work with the aid of earth movers and used the contours of the land to set out his courses so they have a "Natural" feel that most modern designs lack. I would encourage you to play the course while you can as some of the holes are under threat from a potential dual-carriageway up-grade - that may mean the whole course moving to a new location..... is time running out for this layout? http://www.royalnorwichgolf.co.uk/ The 8th hole is simply magnificent and the drive on the 13th gives you plenty to consider as you assess your tee shot. Swing Easy!
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Date Added: 18/06/2013

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