With GolfPunk acting as the Official Media Partner for the upcoming British Par 3 Championship, it is time to finally unveil the part that I am going to play as one of their GolfPunks.
As part of GolfPunk's coverage, they thought it would be a good idea for one of the team to actually play in the event alongside a professional at the Pro-Am. Needless to say, I can finally release the information you have all been waiting for. That particular GolfPunk...is me.
Whilst I have no idea yet as to who the unfortunate professional will be one thing is for sure, I'll need a lot of help. So to try and find any kind of advantage, I have enlisted my very own caddy. Someone who actually knows what they are doing and who can actually give some good advice. The man I have chosen is none other than William Murfitt. He's pretty good and has played on the Trilby Tour and League to Dubai.
I will be relying heavily on Will and I can only hope he knows what to expect. Golfhacker is not just the name of the Website...but also...it clearly defines the kind of golfer I am. A hacker, a less than average player who performs a birdie dance whenever that actually happens on the course.
To say I am nervous would be an understatement. Crowds, pressure and of course the element of competition. They are all things I have never experienced before. Then came the real bombshell.
"Your tee time is 7.10am"
7.10 am!!!!! What ungodly hour is that! As a golf journalist, I have some pretty early starts but this is just plain unfair. I'll easily be on at least my fourth cup of coffee by that point. Will has already suggested a wake-up call at 4.30am as we travel down to Nailcote Hall. Brace yourself for one very tired Golfhacker as he takes on the course.
To make matters worse, I have actually played a few holes at Nailcote Hall before. Thankfully not many witnessed the sheer embarrassment as I caught the ball plumb in the middle with my pitching wedge. Rather than travel gracefully in the air, the ball flew like a rocket over the green, over the other green, and somewhere into oblivion. Personally, I still think it broke the space/time vortex and has probably landed inside the TARDIS somewhere.
People have already advised that I should get as much practice in as possible. There is, of course, one major issue standing in my way of actually striking a ball between now and then. As a Golf writer, I also have to do some actual work. Currently, I'm at the Ricoh Women's British Open at Kingsbarns. There is a job to be done and that has to come before any practice. I won't even back home till Tuesday, then it is a case packing another bag for Nailcote Hall.
I really don't want to sound like I am moaning. I am lucky to say that I have one of the best jobs in the world. I am simply getting my excuses in right now before I even arrive at the first tee.
So what can you expect from the Golfhacker at the British Par 3 Championship? Well, I'll give it my best I really will. After all, I'm just an average guy and a less than average golfer. So if I can do it, anyone can.
An article will be written about the experience, William will also be filming it for YouTube and Sky Sports will broadcast to the nation. I mean come on...if this is not a Cinderella story in the making then what is? All that remains to be seen is how I will actually get on. I mean, what exactly can go wrong?
P.S... Will has already been instructed to supply me with a multipack of chewing gum. If it works for Jordan Spieth...then it can also work for me.