Florence ponders diet change to break tournament duck


OLIVER FLORENCE has been warned against changing his pre-match meal of choice in an effort to boost his chances of minigolf success.

The 28-year-old from Walton finished 25th in the Midland Open in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Saturday after managing to score just one ace in his three 18-hole rounds.

In an effort to reverse his fortunes he sought advice from minigolf mentor Richard Gottfried – who secured fourth place and the aces champion title with a remarkable 13 holes in one.

Florence, who traditionally enjoys a mild curry with naan bread before each tournament, suggested that copying Gottfriend, who feasted on a supper of duck, dauphinoise potato and a something jus on Friday night, could be the way to go.

But the Luton-based British international – who also came 3rd in Sunday’s doubles with playing partner Kevin Moseley – has poured cold water on the suggestion and has urged Florence to stick with what he knows.

“Ollie asked me what a good pre-competition choice of food would be,” he explained. “Well, I seemed to do well after a duck supper on Friday and lamb cutlets on Saturday – both served with a ‘jus’.

“But normally I go for ham and eggs prior to a tournament.

“I don’t think there’s much rhyme or reason behind pre-match food routines though.

“Ollie should stick with his pre-match curries and keep on practising and he’ll get there.

“It’s about how you play on the course on the day that counts, not what you’ve filled up with on the night before.”

Florence visited Jimmy Spices all you can eat world buffet the night before his debut tournament in Birmingham in January.

He followed up with a trip to Old India in Bristol before the English Open, had a home made curry before the Masters at New Malden and visited Shimla Spice near Coventry Station prior to his most recent competitive outing.

“I enjoy a good curry supper – particularly the naan bread aspect – but would like to see if trying duck would give me a boost on the course,” he said.

“I think I will be searching out some sort of duck dish before the Scottish Open in Aberdeen next month.

“I know having the right pre-match meal is no substitute for practice though and I will be looking to do as much putting as possible between now and the trip to Scotland.

“I put in a solid performance in Stratford but I have to start hitting more aces if I want to finish in the top places.”

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Laurence on April 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I can’t believe that you went back to Jimmy Spices after our previous experience there, Ollie.


  2. Posted by Ollie on April 27, 2010 at 9:21 am

    It’s always something that is better in theory than in practice. Having said that Robert Clark and I went to the one in Solihull on Sunday and it was quite good.


  3. Great pre-match prep photos.


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