Matt Wallace (L2003-08) Shares His Golfing Tips
12 February 2019
Matt Wallace (L2003-08), is currently ranked 37th in the World as a professional golfer and on Friday 8 February 2019 he returned to Aldenham to share his skills and experiences with current scholars and other invited guests.At school Matt was an outstanding sportsman, captaining the cricket 1st XI in 2008. He continued to play sport for the OAs, football, cricket and golf, when he left Aldenham and was part of the winning OAFC squad in 2016, when they secured the London Old Boys Challenge trophy. In the 2009 Halford Hewitt Matt and Jason Clemow (K1985-90) beat Chigwell 7 & 6. The following year they lost to Downside, 3 & 2, although the team managed to secure a win 3 & 2.During his visit, after a quick catch up with the Headmaster and teachers, Matt returned to Leeman’s House for old time’s sake and then headed over to a specially prepared t-off area to hit a few balls. The rather inclement weather didn’t dampen the spirit of those who had gathered to watch and to hear Matt’s tips; from choice of club to weather watching. Members of the OA Golf Society, Robin Chaventre (M1949-52), Ian Wilson-Soppit (P1958-61) and Martin Jeens (SHE1956-61) were among the spectators who enjoyed watching the current sports scholars being put through their paces.Over 40 people gathered in the dry and warm surroundings of The Wells Centre, for a question and answer session led by Director of Sport, Andy Stephenson (CR1999-Present). Andy, who remembers Matt as a young, extremely competitive teenager, teased out information about the route to success. Matt’s candid responses were humbling as he described the highs and lows of success and disappointment, told of his passion to win and the fire that drives him on. It was striking to hear how he values his Aldenham friendships and advised the current students to keep in touch and to help each other out when needed. He also emphasised the importance of preparation, practice and patience; keeping realistic expectations that reflect your current performance and working to achieve the best you can. He said this was the best advice he had received and believes that coming to understand and accept it was the turning point that had helped him to achieve what he has so far. It was a delight to see Matt chatting easily to the students, staff and OAs alike and we will of course continue to watch his progress with enthusiasm and pride. His next big challenge is the US Masters in April 2019 and he has agreed to come back with ‘The Green Jacket’! We look forward to that.Photos of this event will be available to view in the Event Galleries.