The course has been playing well, the greens faster than any other year I reckon but still holding your shots well, perfect really. I was paired with local legend Jean Louis Gueppy and Brad Shilton who is a past winner here. It was a somewhat slowish start for all of us and despite being a couple under par through 7 holes I wasn't really playing awesome. The other boys too were struggling a little too, Brad a little off from his usual excellent ball striking and JL was playing well but couldn't buy a putt to save himself. It was kind of a case of nobody going that well and so we were all being dragged down rather than dragged forwards.
The back nine started in a similar way but then all of a sudden JL decided to go on a run making birdies on 12, 14,15 and th difficult 16th. Unfortunately I didn't get on board and despite Brad making one birdie in that time he too seemed to miss the birdie train JL was on. It was also a shame to see the local frenchmans birdie putt just miss on 17 before an unexplainable poor drive on 18 cost him a double bogey to finish at 1 over. My back nine was solid making one birdie and one bogey to finish at 1 under for the day. It was a solid start to my week and despite not feeling awesome out there today I was happy to sign the card and be in the clubhouse under par on day one.
An early night tonight before an early rise in the morning for our 7:28 tee time for round two. I must say it was great to see so many kids out there today and the usual local support. The locals love this event and always get out and cheer us on. Let's hope the crowd numbers increase over the weekend and we can put on a good show. Before that though I have to get the job done tomorrow first. I look forward to getting out there in a hopefully quiet morning and getting a ticket to the train JL was one today on that back nine!!