Sports Awards: Golfer Terry Adnams proves to be a fairway ahead of world field
TERRY Adnams has bad news for the rest of the one-armed golf fraternity: "I'm getting better."
The 54-year-old won three trophies at the World One-Armed Championship at St Andrews last summer before coming third at the England and Wales Championship.
He has just returned home to Trentham after a fourth-placed finish at the Spanish Open in Majorca – and he reckons his busy schedule is bringing its own rewards.
"I'm playing in more competitions and it's because of that I'm definitely playing better now than I was 12 months ago," he said.
"The standard of play is high, so I'm practising a lot more and that's helping a lot."
The Barlaston player's rivals are not standing still either, however, and there was evidence of that in Majorca.
He explained: "I played better this year than last year at the Spanish Open, but came third last year 10 shots off the leader and fourth this year, four shots off the lead.
"I'm playing at competitions involving some of the best one-armed players in the world and there is no time to rest on my laurels."
Adnams' hectic year involved helping the One-Armed Golf Society to a 7-1 win over Oxford and Cambridge Universities at Henley, winning twice himself.
The highlight, however, cannot be anything but teeing off on the old course at St Andrews on the 75th anniversary of the world competition.
He won the Kemesley Cup for best net score by an English player, the South Africa Trophy for best two players from any country with Robert Paul and the Sir Ian Hamilton Cup for overall best net score.
"We played on five different courses over the days at St Andrews and to play on the old course was a scary, but tremendous feeling," he said.
"It made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck – and I gave the loudest sigh of relief when I didn't scuff my tee shot."
Adnams, who is now hoping to qualify for the One-Armed Society's equivalent of the Ryder Cup, has been nominated in the disability category for The Sentinel/City of Stoke-on-Trent Sports Personality of the Year award by former Barlaston Golf Club captain John Strain.
Strain said: "Terry is a tremendously competitive player and I still find it difficult to believe what such high standards he has set."