First off, apologies for the lack of updates in 2018 so far. I’ve tried on numerous times to post updates, but my tech savvy abilities have been astray in 2018. In recent times I’ve been more active on Instagram updating my play with posts and results including pictures and videos.
It was a reasonably quiet start to the year Tournament wise with a T31st in the inaugural NZ Masters tournament held in early January, in Auckland NZ. Despite both my golf game and I still being firmly in holiday mode. It was a privilege to play on home soil to start the year off in front of friends and family.
The next month or so saw me play a number of Pro Am’s across Victoria whilst working closely with my coach on some movement patterns ahead of a busy season. Both the Pro Am’s and work with my coach was a success and I was lucky enough to record back to back wins in the Portarlington and Heidelberg Pro Am’s during the month of February.
March came and my season finally got some momentum with 3 events in a 4 week stretch over in China playing on both the China Tour and European Challenge Tour.
Some consistent play in the first event where my putting was a real highlight of the week, resulted in a good finish with rounds of 67,69,71,69 for a total of 12 under par. This was good enough for T14th in the Bo’ao Open.
The 2nd event of the trip was the co-sanctioned Belt and Road Open on the European Challenge Tour in Kunming. Tough conditions plus a firm and fast course meant it was a fun and challenging week. Despite some quality play, I started slowly with rounds of 75 and 70 before a weekend charge and course record 64 and final round 69 earn’t me a T12th finish. Again my putting was a real strength of my game for the week. It was exciting to come from so far back and contend in a tournament over the weekend again.
My final event of the trip was across town for the Yunnan Classic. This time even stronger winds and a challenging layout meant par golf was at a premium. After some steady play early in the event, I sat at +1 and inside the top 10 going into the weekend. Round 3 came and again I made a move playing some quality golf in strong winds to shoot 70. My ball control in the strong wind was a real highlight of the round and would move me just 4 shots off the lead going into Sunday’s final round.
Unfortunately it wasn’t my turn Sunday, I wasn’t at full health due mostly to trying week food wise and a niggle in my left wrist I had picked up the previous afternoon practicing, a final round 75 resulted in a tie for 11th spot.
Following a consistent trip results wise, I’m hungrier than ever to improve and work on some key area’s ahead of my next lot of events in May starting with the Co-sancitoned Asia Pacific Championship on the China and Asian Tours 14-20 May. I can’t wait to test my skills and get back into contention to win golf tournaments again.
Until next time, happy golfing and take care!