Greetings everyone, I begun my 2015 campaign on the PGA Tour China with 3 Tournaments during the month of May. Having missed the first event on the season due to a nasty virus, I was keenly anticipating getting back out on course. The event was held an hours drive out of Zhenghzou, for the Eternal Courtyard Open on the St Andrews course.
I played with courage all week on the demanding layout. My best memory from the week was the way in which I stuck to my game plan, enjoying the process and not caring about the outcome, right down to the last putt on Sunday. I was so pleased with many aspects of my game that I had worked hard on leading up to the Tournament. It was great to be back out playing tournament golf, finishing T62nd.
From Zhengzhou we jumped on the Maglev High Speed train for a smooth ride south to Wuhan for the United Investment Real Estate Open.
I had missed this event last year and was keen to play at a new course. It did not disappoint and I was soon underway in the 2nd Tournament. My greatest memory from the week was the way in which I was able to attack any fears on course and overcome them through routine and concentrating on my process. After all this is why I practice, to test myself in the heat of battle. Proof of this was during the 3rd round when I was able drop into ‘the zone’ for most of my round. I finished up having 8 birdies and not realising until being questioned by media after the round. This was great reward for the work I had been doing leading up to the trip. My week finished in T9th.
After 2 busy weeks it was time to travel to my favourite course of the year. The Lan Hai Open in Chongming, North West of Shanghai. This is a Jack Nicklaus designed course which is very similar to his Kinloch course in Taupo, New Zealand.
I enjoyed another great week of tournament golf and my best memory was the way in which I played shots into the wind. We faced some pretty average weather during days 1 & 2 and I was pleased to fight through that and be able to play the weekend. The things I have been working hard on in the months prior with my coach Marty had put me at a much better position to play into the strong breeze we experienced throughout the week. Another pleasing aspect of my game was the way in which I was able to get back on track. I managed to do this twice during the last 2 rounds. Further proof that my work has been succesful, finishing T23.
During the week I was joined by two supporters, my father Paul and good family friend Graeme had travelled up to experience a week of ‘tour life’ on the PGA Tour of China. It was great to spend time with them both on and off course. We took time after the first round to visit Shanghai, included was some retail therapy, many laughs with the locals and the obvious language barrier and a nice dinner overlooking the Bund in downtown Shanghai.
It was great to see the tournament Won by fellow Kiwi Josh Geary, who as he would attest, wasn’t playing his best golf, but managed to hold out all other challengers and clinch victory on the 18th. This is great evidence to me that it does not require perfect golf to win tournaments. It just requires you to ‘keep going’ and to keep to your processes. Exactly what Josh did so well during the week.
I have a short few weeks in Melbourne before I return to New Zealand for two weeks. Whilst home I will play 2 small Pro-Am events in Cambridge and Paraparaumu. Following this I am looking at playing some events on the Canadian Tour across July.
The China events take a short break now over the warmer months and start again with the Yulongwan Yunnan Open in the beautiful Kunming.
Happy Golfing everyone.