Walsh sees a way back after Sunningdale show

Colin Walsh
Colin Walsh
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Colin Walsh believes a positive performance at the recent Sunningdale Foursomes has helped restore his missing confidence.

The 19-year-old talent from Hayling Golf Club was tipped for big things after making it into the England junior set-up at the age of 15.

While he is still a scratch golfer, Walsh admits he has lost his way in recent times, particularly last year in a disappointing campaign.

But intensive work on his swing over the winter with coach Ian Roper has paid dividends.

And a run to the quarter-finals of the prestigious event at Sunningdale – alongside Hayling club-mate Toby Burden – has shown he still has the ability.

Walsh said: ‘We got to the quarter-finals and we lost to the eventual winners but it was still a good competition.

‘We didn’t really know what to expect but we beat some good players along the way and played some solid golf at times.

‘We won four matches to get there but – even though we were disappointed to lose in the quarter-finals – we felt we did quite well to get that far.

‘It has definitely given me some confidence.

‘I feel like I am playing as well as I’ve done in a very long time.

‘My swing is where I want it to be and I feel confident going into the new season.

‘I missed a lot of cuts last season, so while I don’t want to set myself too many goals, I want to play my best and try not to lose focus in tournaments as often as I did.’

Walsh cut a forlorn figure at the end of last season but is rejuvenated after getting his swing back into shape.

He said: ‘I’ve had some lessons with my coach Ian Roper and it has really sorted my swing out. It feels good at the moment.

‘He tries not to overcomplicate things. We work on one little thing at a time and it seems to have worked.

‘My driving was the problem last year. When I drove it well, I generally played well, so I was trying to get back to how I was driving.

‘You can’t score if you are not on the fairway.

‘That was the main difference at Sunningdale – Toby is generally down the middle and you give yourselves chances.’

While Walsh is not in the forthcoming Hampshire Hog at North Hants Golf Club, he is gearing himself up for the West of England Championship at the end of the month.

He said: ‘My handicap isn’t low enough to get into the Hampshire Hog.

‘My handicap is plus 0.3 and I need to be at plus two to get into it, which is a shame. It’s a high standard.

‘But I’ve got the West of England at Royal North Devon in a couple of weeks. Then, after that, I have the South of England Links.

‘So I have got some good competitions to look forward to.’