During the last 4 weeks I have played 3 events on the China PGA Tour series. Begining with the Chateau Junding Penglai Open in Yantai, 700km south east of Beijing. Rounds of 70,79,73,73 saw me finish on T54th. It was great to get back into tournament golf and I really enjoyed playing the challenging course. It was great to see Korean/American and former North Harbour rep, Todd Baek win the event. I finished T54th after a unusual 2nd round saw me drop out of contention after being 4th following the opening day.
Next up was the Cadillac Championship in Beijing. We played what could be descibed as an interesting course with some severe green slopes being the main challenge of the course. A little bit more consistancy was present in my game but I was unable to take advantage of my scoring opportunities resulting in a missed cut and the weekend off.
Having the opportunity to play in China this year has been an eye opening experience. I was fortunate enough to have a week before my next event. I was able to take a few days off my busy schedule to do some sight seeing in Beijing, visiting the Great Wall, Olympic Village and the summer palace. I also had time to practice and play a casual round of golf, as well as spending time with family in Guangzhou before travelling to Zhengzhou for the 3rd event.
Zhengzhou was an interesting place, filled with thick poloution, It was like a city waiting for a population. Major buildings, roads and infrustructure dominated the landscape yet there seemed like there wasn’t a city of people to flll it. Im sure that will change before long!
We played at the St Andrews (Zhengzhou) Golf Club, 50mins bus from the city. The course was a great test of skill, patience and course management. With hazards on both sides of every hole it rewarded smart golf and good course management. I played a very consistant Tournament, shooting rounds of 72,75,73,72 to finish T21. It was a real test of my game and I really enjoyed the challenge. I made some of the best par putts that week especially in the final round where my 72 was the 3rd best score of the day. On the otherhand It was frustrating to only manage 8 birdies for the week, which was well below my average of 16 per tournament. But it showed how tough the course played with a number of par 4’s well over 400m.
Following the 9th event of the season in Zhengzhou, I’m 16th on the Order of Merit. With the top 20 gaining entry for the 2nd stage of Web.com Qualify School. I have entered and will be playing at TPC Craig Ranch in Dallas, 11-14 November.
Before I play in America however, I will travel to West Australia for the WA Open, Perth International and then WA PGA in Kalgoorlie the following week.
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