Herts 'worst golfer' comes from WGC!
PUBLISHED: 08:55 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009
THE county's 'worst golfer' has been crowned. And fittingly, the prize-giving ceremony took place in a golf course bunker, after WGC woman Angela Giblin proved how much she needed professional coaching. Herts Worst Golfer, run in association with our sist
THE county's 'worst golfer' has been crowned.
And fittingly, the prize-giving ceremony took place in a golf course bunker, after WGC woman Angela Giblin proved how much she needed professional coaching.
Herts Worst Golfer, run in association with our sister paper the Herts Advertiser, dug up the county's finest hackers, hapless fairway choppers and potty punters with its X-Factor style competition.
But it was Angela, 29, from Panshanger, who impressed the three expert judges at Redbourn Golf Club the most with her golfing blunders, winning her a year's worth of free golf lessons to improve her game.
Angela said: "I nominated myself for this competition because I know I am rubbish at golf.
"All the men in my family play golf, including my son Alex - he's already better than me and he's only five years old.
"They all go out and have fun on a Sunday while I am at home cooking lunch and I thought 'I want to be out there having fun too'.
"My father and my brother have tried to give me some tips but it hasn't really worked, so I am looking forward to having some professional lessons."
Angela's goal is to improve her golf so that she can eventually venture onto the main 18-hole course.
She added: "I'd love to be able to play a full round without getting fed up at being so rubbish. They say golf is a good walk spoiled, but I would be quite happy to have my walk spoiled just as long as I could hit a few good shots along the way."
Asked how much golf she had played, Angela said: "I have walked round the Panshanger course twice, both times I was caddy and pulling the trolley.
"My previous claim to golfing fame was on the pitch and putt course at Panshanger.
"I swung the club and missed the ball, but the wind I created with the swing blew it off the tee just far enough to be classed as a shot.
"Basically that made me not want to play again. It was my worst shot - and probably my best as well!"
Angela will receive regular coaching from Redbourn Golf Club's new professional, James Blake, who will spend time with her at the club's recently upgraded covered driving range and on the par-3 short course.
Judge and golf-pro Steve Hunter, said: "Angela is determined to be a better golfer and I think she has good potential. Even in a short space of time, she responded well to the advice we were giving her and hit some great shots.
"We run coaching schemes for women three days a week at Redbourn and it's great to see more ladies enjoying the sport.
"I have no doubt that Angela will be giving the men in her family a run for their money in due course.