Czech Federation duties conclude ...

 Well it was a busy summer for Keith, fulfilling numerous duties for the Czech Golf Federation.

July saw a trip to Sweden for the European Mens Team Championships, a tournament that had required qualification last year as team places are limited. Unfortunately, despite a strong Czech team on paper, the players struggled for most of the week with no one player really being on their best form. At the end of the tournament the team finished 16th so will once again need to qualify if the CGF want to enter a team in 2016.

With temperatures varying between 32-38C the European Mens Individual Championship looked like it would be a tough week particularly playing a good Jack Nicklaus course at Penati Golf Resort in Slovakia. But with the course set up at about 7000 yards, wide fairways and soft greens the players took advantage to shoot some incredibly low scores. The cut was -5 and only one Czech player from the four who qualified via the World Ranking system made it through to the final stages. Vitek Novak played very well, leading the tournament at one time and eventually finishing in 19th place at -13 under par, six behind the eventual winner Italian player Stefano Mazzoni.

After Slovakia, Keith journeyed to Brno in Moravia, Czech Republic to deliver two seminar days for CGF coaches. He outlined the contents of the CGF Training Manual, which he had written earlier in the year. This was followed up with practical sessions on course management, swing models, case studies using Klara Spilkova & the best four mens Czech amateur players, a morning session coaching three local single figure handicap juniors plus some special short game tips. All in all a successful closure of his duties for the year!

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