It’s been a few months since I have posted something on here and there has been a lot happening during that time. Since the middle of August I have played tournaments in Darwin, Vanuatu, Port Macquarie, Tuncurry, Hawks Nest, Tahiti, Merewether, Wyong, Shelly Beach, Waratah and Kalgoorlie.
Been a pretty frustrating period really, game has felt really solid for the most part however I just haven’t been able to capitalize and put the scores on the board….yet!
The Tahiti Open was probably my best opportunity to post a good result. After opening with a 64 (-6) to take the lead I was unable to keep that momentum going. The week was very up and down, I finished the week at 282(+2) and in T-11th but managed 19 birdies and 1 eagle in that….so the good stuff was awesome but there was just too much not so good stuff, too many silly bogies. Would highly recommend playing the Green Pearl Golf Course in Moorea if you are ever over there.
Last week saw me in Kalgoorlie for the WA PGA. It is a fantastic venue which is completely different to anything else we play on throughout the year. On the 6 hour drive from Perth you don’t come across much at all, so to get a championship golf course in awesome condition in the middle of the outback is something pretty impressive.
Day 1 we were faced with temperatures up around the 40* mark with gusty winds all afternoon, this was definitely an uncomfortable round of golf. Apart from 2 drives into the desert I actually hung in there pretty good…once you are in the desert you need a bit of luck to grab a decent lie. Shot 75 (+3) which left me in about 85th position and in need of a good one to be around on the weekend.
The morning tee time on Day 2 presented much nicer conditions, although I think anything would have felt better than the previous day! After making the turn in 33 (-3) I was feeling really good about what I was doing and felt in complete control. Really good chances on holes 10,11,12 and 13 slid by which hurt as I felt like I could have easily been a couple better. An average bogey on my 15th hole hurt but felt like there was still 3 good chances to come. Hit a great approach on 16 to about 4ft but couldn’t make the birdie to bounce back. Standing on the 18th tee I thought to myself that a birdie would probably be needed to be around on the weekend, my drive just drifted a little bit to far right and caught the fairway bunker. A solidly hit 8 iron from the bunker to the centre of the green gave me an opportunity for birdie from about 30ft. I hit a great putt which gave the hole a scare but slid by the edge and went to about 3ft…the next putt I hit will comfortably be one of the worst I hit all year. A very disappointing way to end the day and ultimately my week, it was easily a day that could have been 65 or 66 instead I had to settle for a 71 (-1) which had me at 146 (+2) and missing the cut by 1 shot!
That’s been a bit how the last couple of events have felt, if I can start to take some advantage on the greens I know that the results are very close to happening, I just have to keep putting the work in on the greens and stay patient.
There is still a big 10 weeks of golf left in the year, we still have 5 Australasian Tour events remaining, Vic PGA, Gippsland Super 6, NSW Open, Australian Open and Australian PGA as well as a handful of Pro Ams scattered in around them.
I’m confident that there are some low scores close by which will lead to good results. My next event is the VIC PGA which will be played at RACV Cape Shank in a weeks time.