Canadian Nation Team Member Garrett Rank, who trains at the Golf Performance Center at Whistle Bear had this to say after missing the match play field at the British Amateur Championship.
"Things did not go exactly as planned, but sometimes the game plays hard and sometimes we make it hard. Although the result (missed match play) never came to fruition, I feel as though some valuable experience came with the process.
Golf on this side of the pond is amazing and remarkably different. A 175 yard approach shot could be played with 125 yards of carry and 50 yards of roll due to the terrain and firmness of the soil or 165 with a big bounce and stop. There are no high lofting 7 irons dropping and stopping pin high. The bunkers here are an extreme penalty. Unlike the long irons we are allowed to strike from the bunkers in north America, here a bunker usually means a sand or lob iron directly sideways or 30 yards down the fairway. You MUST avoid them! Another huge pain is the gorse. This bushy plant is much different than fescue. Although you are able to find your ball nearly every time even something as simple as trying to play it back to the fairway can be a challenge. It loves to grab and twist the club. With the firm fairways and contours sometimes a well struck shot has no issue running straight thru or into the gorse.
All grumblings aside, it was a valuable learning experience and something I will never forget. I would play golf here every day of the week because each shot paints a different picture and provides a new challenge. I must learn from these opportunities and move forward trying to get better everyday. I will never forget my birdie on the Postage Stamp."