Well I am sorry to say that I have missed the cut here in Indonesia. I played in the afternoon on the first day and fought the good fight in what were tough conditions to say the least. The course as I mentioned was a very tough course and with the greens as hard and fast as they were it was going to be very difficult depending on where they puts the pins. Fortunately a little common sense prevailed although there was about 3-4 pins that were a little crazy given the state of the greens. What probably didn't help organisers was the incredibly hot weather we had on day one and the howling wind that went with it, drying and baking the greens making it really hard in the afternoon. I was 2nd last group out and not only did we get the worst of the conditions we also played the last two holes in the near dark, on 18 I could only just make out the pin and then by the time I putted, I couldn't see the break and had to go off memory.
I am not making excuses for my 6 over round, in fact I played really well, I just hit 2 poor tee shots and copped the full penalty for them, unplayable with no real options for good relief. So I made a triple bogey and a double bogey on those two holes. Make two pars or even bogies and I am pretty happy with 3 over in those conditions. I still felt positive after the round and felt as though I was doing enough things right to improve in round 2.
Off early on the 2nd day and I started solidly with 4 straight pars before I made bogey on the 14th from just off the green. They had heavily watered the greens overnight which I didn't really agree with but understood, and so the greens were a little slower making adjusting to the speed a challenge. After playing 2 good holes on 15 and 16 I was left with putts on the wrong side of two tiers in both greens and subsequently 3 putted twice in a row for bogey. Things were slipping away. I stuck to my plan and process and continued to just commit to the next shot. I played two more good holes making birdies on 17 and 18 to turn only 1 over. Four bogies in the next 6 holes sealed the deal and gave me the weekend off, although I did stay in the process til the end making birdies on the 7th and 9th holes to finish the tournament.
On reflection it was the result I was looking for and certainly I feel as though I played better than my score, but importantly I was hitting shots I have never been able to hit before. I feel as though my work with Kevin is making me into a more complete golfer and I am truly excited about the months and years ahead working with Kevin. I have had a relaxing Saturday, staying at the hotel and having a game of tennis with 3 of the boys and taking a swim before watching some NRL on a live stream. Today is packing and moving day, literally, as I head to the airport for the next phase of this trip.
For those of you thinking this life I lead is all fun and joy, I missed the cut, made no money and am about to fly from Jakarta to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch and then drive 6hrs to Queenstown.....this is the part I like the least. I am still grateful for where God has placed me in my life and don't wish it any other way. I wouldn't mind my family being with me however!! Rach is doing an amazing job once again at home and I love her and her support whilst I am doing what I do. If you have a chance to help her out please do!! Ok so bye for now and I will reconnect from NZ with photos of the course at The Hills in the beaurt
Catch up with everything from the tour as I let you know about the course, conditions and my thoughts and feelings on how I am playing.....also some cool stories from the tour!!