Golf by Kevin Ervin
On the eve of embarking on a golf scholarship in the USA, young Blackhall
resident Ryan Dixon accomplished an unprecedented feat of skill at his home golf
course, Castle Eden.
On successive days, Ryan equalled the club record of 63 over 18 holes, almost as a
parting shot and also a weekends play to stay long in his memory.
On August 8, a day before his 19th birthday, Ryan departs for San Antonio, Texas,
where he will be taking a four year degree course in mechanical engineering at St Mary’s University.
With a university student population of over 3,000 and a highly respected golf coaching
programme, Ryan will also be experiencing the adventure of living in the second largest city in Texas with a multi cultural population of 1.5 million.
Probably a little different from home in Blackhall and his time at Wellfield School and Hartlepool College.
Ryan has enjoyed an excellent season at Castle Eden this year when he won the Club
Championship in June.
He competed in the Men’s County matches on four occasions, winning three of his four singles games and went on to win the TSU Team Championship, playing with Thomas Harbord and Jack Trewitt as they took the title by 16 clear shots.
In Friday’s Captain’s Card competition, Ryan needed a birdie on the 18th to break the course record.
A tee shot straight up the fairway, coming to rest in front of the green required a short and delicate chip on, to leave the chance of a putt for a 62.
Ryan said: “The chip went well, but the putt just slipped by and I was left with a tap in for par.
“I was pleased and disappointed at the same time.”
The following morning in The Medal qualifier, Ryan found himself in exactly the same position from the pervious day on the 18th hole but once again played to par.
Another 63 after two days of truly outstanding play and Ryan summed up by saying, “Even though I was really disappointed, after I calmed down I was over the moon with the two days and really enjoyed it.”
When asked about his aspirations are for the future he replied, “Some people have asked
me if I would like to turn pro one day.
“But all I’m looking forward to over the next few
years is getting a good degree, playing some high level college golf and getting four years of life experience in another country.”
Wise words indeed and we wish you every success Ryan.