Gregory out to make amateur gains

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Scott Gregory is out to build on a positive start to the amateur season after leading Hampshire to victory in their opening match of the campaign.

The Waterlooville-based 19-year-old was the star performer at the annual clash with the Channel Islands at Royal Jersey Golf Club as he fought back to win his final two holes in his singles clash to halve his match, which ultimately earned victory for the county.

But the plus-two handicapper from Corhampton Golf Club is in seriously good form at the moment.

He looked set for success last weekend when he led the Hampshire Hog, only for bad weather to see the second round abandoned.

Gregory, however, believes he is in the form of his life and is eager to make a serious impact at some of the biggest amateur events on the calendar this year.

He said: ‘I am playing the best I have ever played at the moment.

‘So I am really looking forward to the rest of the season because I am hitting the ball better than I have ever done.

‘I used to have a massive snap hook, which would be my bad shot and would cost me.

‘But I have managed to get that out of my game and it’s really helped.

‘I have been working with Simon Andrews at Portsmouth Golf Centre for nearly three years and he has transformed my game. He’s been awesome for me.

‘He was our coach at South Downs College but I could tell he knew what he was doing and he knew how to put it across.

‘He is brutally honest with me and it’s what I need. My handicap went from plus one back up to one while I made changes, then back down to plus two again.

‘But it proved that the hard work is paying off at the Hampshire Hog. I ended up finishing fourth in that.

‘But I was four-under par in the second round and had a two-shot lead when the second round was abandoned because of the weather.

‘To be fair, the weather was horrendous.

‘It was a little bit gutting to have that taken away but I’m sure it will even itself out at some point.

‘Hopefully, it’s at one of the bigger tournaments I will be playing this year.’

Having excelled in the recent county fixture, Gregory will now switch his attentions to another team clash against their Hampshire PGA counterparts this weekend.

And he will then kick-start his individual season at the South East Links Championships at Royal St George’s on May 8 before attempting to qualify for the Brabazon Trophy.

Gregory, who successfully partnered Petersfield’s Ben Lobacz in a crushing foursomes win for Hampshire, said: ‘It was good to play my part in the county match.

‘I hadn’t played with Ben in foursomes before but we were three under par as a pair and won our match 6&4 so we played really well.

‘Then in my singles match, I was two down with two to go but holed a 15-footer on the last to win the hole, which won the match for us.

‘When everyone followed me up to the green, I figured it must mean it was quite important.

‘But now I’m looking to continue that and see what I can do in some of the big amateur events I have got coming up.

‘I am playing with confidence and that’s a big part of it.’