In a truly sentimental day, a now-famous golfer who attended Aldenham School returned to his roots and met current pupils.
Matt Wallace, currently placed 37th in the Official World Golf Ranking, attended Aldenham School on a sports scholarship until 2007.
Now 28 years old, Matt came back and golfed with the school’s team and gave top advice to students in a thorough Q&A session.
The day began with Matt catching up with his former teachers and going on a tour of his former school, ending up in his former house, which he said had changed since his days as a pupil.
The golfer then spent the late hours of the morning meeting the school’s golf team, and later watched them take some impressive shots in a variety of different challenges.
Matt wasn’t shy in giving the young golfers some tips; he ended the session with a detailed explanation of how he assesses the wind’s movement before he takes a swing.
The former student, whose meteoric rise to prominence last year saw him become a serious contender for a spot in the Ryder Cup, later held a Q&A session with students, where he opened up about his life experiences and gave advice to pupils.
Speaking about his struggles as a golfer earlier on and his sudden success last year, Matt said: “I had that moment when I was 23 where I was like ‘Okay, golf’s not for me’.
“I was working really hard and doing what I thought was right for me; I was getting up at six in the morning for eight months, going to the gym, hitting balls until like 4-5pm, then going back to the gym, eating well and then going to sleep.
“I was ready to pack it in, but my friends said ‘Give it one more go, you’ve never given up on anything’. I had an epiphany moment on the range where I decided I had to change something.
“I changed my coach, decided what I needed to do with my swing and just did what I wanted to do generally.”