Having thrilled clients and sponsors at the inaugural Jenahura Players Dinner on Monday night, in true tournament professional fashion, Jamie Elson and Harry Casey were up early the following day to head to the airport en-route to the Alps for the Swiss Challenge.
Competing on the Challenge Tour, both players had a difficult couple of days on the tough Golf Sempachersee layout:
Jamie sadly had to retire because of a bizarre rib injury that he picked up on Tuesday. I met him just as he was coming off the physio’s table – he was in agony and bravely battled around the course, playing some first class golf on day one. Apart from one bad hole, it was the best I have seen him swing it for a long time. On Friday, despite birdieing two of the first three holes, he just couldn’t swing without a great deal of pain and reluctantly had to retire on the 4th tee. This week, Jamie heads to Belgium for the KPMG Trophy where he is battling to be fit.
Harry simply ran out of gas! Although he was thrilled to get an invitation to play in the Swiss Challenge, this was his 7th week in a row covering three continents and his schedule simply caught up with him – a real shame. But, as is typical of Harry, despite a poor first round he kept trying hard to the end and carded a second round 71 (level par) – all credit to him. He is learning all the time and learning how to manage his schedule is part of being a top class tournament professional. This week he is working on his game and we have also arranged for him to have a session with Oliver Wilson on Friday before he heads back to Italy for the next installment on the Alps Tour.