Hard yards ahead for Walsh

Colin Walsh
Colin Walsh
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Colin Walsh assessed his disappointing season and admitted: I need to put it behind me.

The talented Hayling Golf Club 17-year-old is set to step up to the men’s amateur game next season but endured a fruitless final campaign on the boys’ circuit.

Aside from a tied seventh in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters at Nizels in Kent, Walsh struggled for form as he attempted to reproduce some of the scintillating play that had previously marked him out as one of the top junior talents in the region.

But Walsh remains philosophical about his experiences this year and is ready to work even harder on his game over the winter to make a big impression in the men’s amateur events next year.

Walsh said: ‘I’m just trying to forget about this season.

‘I felt like I was swinging the club well but I just wasn’t scoring very well and it got a bit frustrating for me.

‘I was hoping to get a couple of wins and get some decent results to give me a chance of playing in the home internationals and other England boys’ events but unfortunately that didn’t go to plan.

‘I’m not really worried but I know I’ve got to work harder.

‘It happens – nobody plays great golf all through their lives.

‘But you just have to make sure you come through it.

‘It was disappointing but worse things happen.’

Walsh believes the experience could be useful in the future.

And he is in the process of adapting his swing to find more consistency, as he works on his game with coach Ian Roper.

Walsh said: ‘It seemed like I wasn’t playing badly but I’d have one or two bad holes and struggle to get it back.

‘I was frustrated and it got to me a bit but it gives me a bit of experience to know how to deal with things in the future.

‘I had a break from golf in September but I spoke to my coach Ian Roper and he thinks I need to work harder, so I’m having more regular lessons.

‘I usually hit a draw but I’m looking to hit a bit more of a neutral shot or maybe even a fade to give me a bit more consistency.

‘So I’m going to battle it out with the weather over the winter and work hard with my coach.’

And Walsh is relishing the challenge ahead as he pits himself against the top amateur players in the region and beyond.

He said: ‘I’ve got my first competition in men’s amateur golf in March next year, which seems a long time away.

‘But I’ll work hard between now and then to be ready.

‘Next season is going to be a big one for me to try to get back into the England squad and to get some confidence back in my game.’