WOW….what a feeling!!
After a tough and long 3 weeks on the road my trip has come to the best possible conclusion, my first 4 round tournament win.
This weeks event was the first for the 2017 ADT season. Whilst the disappointment of missing out at Q School was still fresh in my mind I headed to Malaysia full of confidence knowing my game was in good shape. The Kota Seriemas Golf Club was the venue for the tournament and although it had only been open about 4 months it presented beautifully. After a couple of looks at the course Monday/Tuesday I was happy with my strategy and game plan and it was now time to get it going.
Day 1: 64 (-8)
Day 2: 72 (E)
Day 3: 68 (-4)
Day 4: 71 (-1)
Total 275 (-13)
My round 1 score obviously got me off to the best possible start, I played great from tee to green and took advantage with the putter accordingly. The 64 gave me a 3 shot lead.
Day 2 was my worst score for the week, however looking back now I feel as though this was my most important day. Its always tough backing up a low score and I never really felt that comfortable out there, it was extremely hot and humid and I got off to a slow start. But I was extremely proud of the way I hung in there and ground out EVEN par as it could have quickly gone a couple of shots the other way. I managed to keep my lead but it was now down to 1.
Day 3 was a nice turn around in ball striking. Felt like I got my rhythm back on the range in the warm up and took it out on course with me. Managed to limit the mistakes and shot a very comfortable bogey free 68…..enough to maintain my 1 shot lead heading into the final day.
Day 4…..having the lead heading into the final round is something that I have only been exposed to a couple of times before, and whilst on those occasions the result didn’t go my way I feel as though they played a big part in todays result. I was obviously a little nervous, but throughout the day I managed to keep the nerves in check and felt like I was in good control over what was happening. Stuck to my game plan which had worked nicely throughout the week and executed the right shots when needed.
This is a great springboard for 2017. It sets me up to have a good crack at making the main Asian Tour. There are a couple of ways that can be achieved, win 3 times on the ADT for automatic battlefield promotion or finish Top 5 on the ADT Order of Merit at years end.
This has been a long time coming and there have been many people involved along the way, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for the ongoing support and encouragement, I really appreciate it…..this WIN is just the beginning.
Fly back tomorrow and have a few weeks off before my next event. My next events will be
15th-18th February – PGM Panasonic Malaysia Championship (ADT)
20th February – Ricky Stuart Foundation Charity ProAm
21st-23rd February – Sydney Invitational @ The Lakes, NSW & St Michaels (still needing 1 amateur partner for this if anyone is keen)
For full scores from the event click the below link
4 thoughts on “PGM CCM Seriemas Championship”
Good on you Martin. Keep it going.
well done Diver…you bewdy!! Onward and upward buddie…JB
Martin R Dive, you star. Well done. The culmination of a number of months of hard work. It takes a long time to be an overnight success!
I very good effort and application on the limiting of errors and getting on top of the mind part of the game.Now for the consolidation in keeping going to display your full potential. Cheers Leon