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Andy Roberts tees up at the PGA Seniors Championship with Australian Tour pro Terry Price

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Wed, 26 Jun 2013
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A fortnight ago, I was fortunate enough to make my Pro-Am debut at the PGA Seniors Championship set on Cheshire’s finest and most picturesque parkland De Vere Mottram Hall.

Joined by fellow journalistic buddies Sean McGuckian of Golf Punk and Mark Townsend of National Club Golfer, we waited with bated breath several hours before our tee time as to which senior Tour Pro would be gracing us with their presence.

‘So guys, who are you hoping to play with?’ said our host for the day Matthew.  

‘I’d love a bit of Woosie’, I replied. ‘Torrance for me,’ added Sean. ‘Mark James would be cool,’ said Mark.

‘Well guys, you’re playing with Terry Price,’ answered Matthew, as no offence to Terry but our hearts sank a little.

I must admit I didn’t know much about Mr Price, other than the fact he was Australian, was partial to a bucket hat and looked like his namesake Terry Tibbs from Fonejacker.

Five hours later, sipping a cold one in the bar with the man who is now sitting in my contacts list under ‘The Rock’ – for his expertise and passion for martial arts – De Vere honestly couldn’t have chosen a better Tour pro for us.

‘So Andy, talk to me’, said Terry as we strode off the ninth tee, our first in the shotgun start. As a big fan of a certain car salesman from Rickmansworth, I couldn’t help but stifle a chuckle…

But that would be the story for the day. Without naming names, there are certain players on Tour who just aren’t interested in learning much about you. Pro-Am events are seen as a chore, if you like. Terry was the complete opposite.

Terry wanted to know pretty much everything about us and our backgrounds. He also revealed countless stories about his time on Tour, his first encounter of a Premiership game at Elland Road and even dropped in the odd lesson for each of us on the way round. There was ‘much love' for Terry in this group.

De Vere Mottram Hall has hosted many professional events down the years since its inauguration in 1991, highlighted by the PGA North Region Championship and M.E.N Manchester Open, as well as Ladies British Masters in both 2000 and 2001.

Thankfully for me, the biggest event in De Vere Mottram Hall’s history was saved for the week I got the invite.

Everything about this course just oozes a sense of class. Okay, I was teeing up on a course primed to host the flagship event of the European Senior Tour season 24 hours later, but when you consider the early season weather we’ve come to endure this year, the condition of the course was testament to the work the greenkeeping staff has put in.

With its beautifully manicured fairways, strategically placed bunkers and undulating, well-guarded greens, De Vere Mottram Hall provided me with one of my sternest challenges of the season. The rough was up, too, so there was a premium on finding these beautifully manicured fairways.

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A fortnight ago, I was fortunate enough to make my Pro-Am debut at the PGA Seniors Championship set on Cheshire’s finest and most picturesque parkland De Vere Mottram Hall.

Joined by fellow journalistic buddies Sean McGuckian of Golf Punk and Mark Townsend of National Club Golfer, we waited with bated breath several hours before our tee time as to which senior Tour pro would be gracing us with their presence.

‘So guys, who are you hoping to play with?’ said Matthew, our host for the day.

‘I’d love a bit of Woosie’, I replied. ‘Torrance for me,’ added Sean. ‘Mark James would be cool,’ said Mark.

‘Well guys, you’re playing with Terry Price,’ answered Matthew, as no offence to Terry but my heart sank a little.

I must admit I didn’t know much about Mr Price, other than the fact he was Australian, was partial to a bucket hat and he reminded me of his namesake Terry Tibbs from Fonejacker.

Five hours later, sipping a cold one in the bar with the man who is now sitting in my contacts list under ‘The Rock’ – for his expertise and passion for martial arts – De Vere honestly couldn’t have chosen a better Tour pro for us.

‘So Andy. Talk to me,’ said Terry as we strode off the ninth tee - our first in the shotgun start.

As a big fan of a certain car salesman from Rickmansworth, I couldn’t help but stifle a chuckle, especially when two minutes later he said: 'If Tiger Woods couldn't putt, he'd probably have ended up selling cars for a living.'

But that would be the story for the day. Terry wanted to know pretty much everything about us and our backgrounds, something I can't imagine too many other professionals really care about. He also revealed countless stories about his life on the European Tour, how he once broke his leg when tripping over a clothes rack, his first encounter of a trip to Elland Road, as well as plenty of instruction for each of us on the way round.

De Vere Mottram Hall has hosted many professional events down the years since its inauguration in 1991, highlighted by the PGA North Region Championship and M.E.N Manchester Open, as well as Ladies British Masters in both 2000 and 2001.

Thankfully for me, the biggest event in De Vere Mottram Hall’s history was saved for the week I accepted the invite.

Everything about this course just oozes a sense of class. Okay, I was teeing up on a course primed to host the flagship event of the European Senior Tour season 24 hours later, but when you consider the early season weather we’ve come to endure this year, the condition of the course was testament to the work the greenkeeping staff has put in.

With its beautifully manicured fairways, strategically placed bunkers and undulating, well-guarded greens, De Vere Mottram Hall provided me with one of my sternest challenges of the season. The rough was up, too, so there was a premium on finding these beautifully manicured fairways.

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A fortnight ago, I was fortunate enough to make my Pro-Am debut at the PGA Seniors Championship set on Cheshire’s finest and most picturesque parkland De Vere Mottram Hall.

Joined by fellow journalistic buddies Sean McGuckian of Golf Punk and Mark Townsend of National Club Golfer, we waited with bated breath several hours before our tee time as to which senior Tour pro would be gracing us with their presence.

‘So guys, who are you hoping to play with?’ said our host for the day Matthew.  

‘I’d love a bit of Woosie’, I replied. ‘Torrance for me,’ added Sean. ‘Mark James would be cool,’ said Mark.

‘Well guys, you’re playing with Terry Price,’ answered Matthew, as no offence to Terry but our hearts sank a little.

I must admit I didn’t know much about Mr Price, other than the fact he was Australian, was partial to a bucket hat and looked like his namesake Terry Tibbs from Fonejacker.

Five hours later, sipping a cold one in the bar with the man who is now sitting in my contacts list under ‘The Rock’ – for his expertise and passion for martial arts – De Vere honestly couldn’t have chosen a better Tour pro for us.

‘So Andy, talk to me’, said Terry as we strode off the ninth tee, our first in the shotgun start. As a big fan of a certain car salesman from Rickmansworth, I couldn’t help but stifle a chuckle…

But that would be the story for the day. Without naming names, there are certain players on Tour who just aren’t interested in learning much about you. Pro-Am events are seen as a chore, if you like. Terry was the complete opposite.

Terry wanted to know pretty much everything about us and our backgrounds. He also revealed countless stories about his time on Tour, his first encounter of a Premiership game at Elland Road and even dropped in the odd lesson for each of us on the way round. There was ‘much love' for Terry in this group.

De Vere Mottram Hall has hosted many professional events down the years since its inauguration in 1991, highlighted by the PGA North Region Championship and M.E.N Manchester Open, as well as Ladies British Masters in both 2000 and 2001.

Thankfully for me, the biggest event in De Vere Mottram Hall’s history was saved for the week I got the invite.

Everything about this course just oozes a sense of class. Okay, I was teeing up on a course primed to host the flagship event of the European Senior Tour season 24 hours later, but when you consider the early season weather we’ve come to endure this year, the condition of the course was testament to the work the greenkeeping staff has put in.

With its beautifully manicured fairways, strategically placed bunkers and undulating, well-guarded greens, De Vere Mottram Hall provided me with one of my sternest challenges of the season. The rough was up, too, so there was a premium on finding these beautifully manicured fairways.

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