My journey began on July 17 with a flight to Detroit Michigan to attempt to qualify for the US Senior amateur championship.
The journey did not begin well as I missed qualifying for this important event. I then took an earlier flight to London with a drive to Wales to begin preparing for my Monday, July 24 qualifier for the Senior Open championship being held at Royal Porthcawl.
This is my absolute favorite event I have ever played in, and allows an amateur like myself to play in a professional major with an 18 hole qualifier standing in front of us.
Monday was a very exciting day for me as I got off to a very good start on a very difficult golf course, Pyle & Kenfig. Three years ago at the same site the qualifying score was four over par 75.
After a few mental errors, I battled and fought down the stretch to finish at +3 74 and then waited another four hours to determine my fate.
The day ended as it did in 2009 when I secured a qualifying spot through a playoff with a very exciting putt that found the bottom of the hole to punch my ticket into this major championship.
This was no ordinary putt, and I was doing everything possible to try and secure two putts from my position on the green. I was above the hole 20 feet away looking at about 6 feet of break. When I first struck the putt it was on a great line it took a big left turn headed straight downhill and found the bottom of the cup.
I can clearly remember the feeling in 2009 when I qualified for my first professional major into the open at Sunningdale. I had goosebumps on my arms for many hours, in this instance it was the exact same.
Since I am writing this post via my mobile phone, I am not sure if all the videos below will be available for viewing. I play my first round in about three hours and it will be contested and some of the most difficult conditions I will ever play in, with very Highwinds and driving rain.
Results can be followed at http://www.europeantour.com