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Second blog from Andrew Skinner: Supporting ISPS Handa and Disabled Golf

The LET is following the progress of several individuals this year as they pursue their golfing dreams. We met Andrew Skinner, who describes himself as "an amputee with attitude" at the ISPS Handa Ladies British Masters where he was invited to compete in the Pro Am through ISPS Handa, supporting Disabled golf. Andrew's life changed after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2001 and then had his leg amputated above the knee in 2006 due to an infection. He started as a pupil at The Golf Academy and is charting his dramatic progress. Here is his second blog for the LET:

"Well 2012 has come to an end and it was quite a year. All the Volleyball training, living away from my family and then just missing out on selection for the London Paralympics. I needed 2013 to come along quickly. So Christmas time in my household came along and I'm not really a christmassy person, but the kids love it, so played along to please them. Santa did visit our house and left gifts. As usual the young ones got a lot of stuff, where as I got a new Motocaddy S3 pro caddy, some new golf shoes, golf trousers  and a Dhru belt. They must think I like golf…WRONG... I love golf, some say a little obsessed. 

I didn't enter any main tournaments this year, as I'm still new to the game, so local competitions it has been, getting the fitness together (walking 7000 yards is hard for anyone let alone an amputee). My last round of the year was on the 27th Dec, where played at the second best course in Lincolnshire, after all the rain that has battered the UK, Torksey was in superb condition. I didn't play that bad, although one of the golf balls did split as if it was a joke ball. Unfortunately the two chaps I went round with play off single figures, so I was always against it, nether less the target I set myself I reached, so that was pleasing. 

My golf learning is coming along really well, with regular coaching and gym work taking place. My coaches have taken my game apart and are putting back together piece by piece (my first competition is in April), focusing on driving and putting, so hopefully no pressure there then :). 

I recently visited the Ping factory and European headquarters in Gainsborough, UK to try out the new G25 equipment and get re-measured. Well impressed I was as soon as picked the G25s up, they felt  great and looked great and were very forgiving when blasting a ball down the range. Currently I use the G20 driver and i20 irons and hybrids. And I'm pleased to say that I will take charge of the new G25 equipment in March, so hurry up March please. 

This year is a busy year for me golf wise, with 14 competitions both home and abroad. My goal this year is to get my handicap down and to perform well in the Disabled British Open in August. And of course not forgetting my return to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in October with Welsh TV channel S4C. As always if you are interested in helping me golf wise. please contact me through the my twitter account @skinnns and personal blog."

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