Warming up

The England Team for the Eisenhower Trophy; Luke Goddard, Sam Hutsby and Dale Whitnell along with Coach David Ridley and Captain Jonathan Plaxton have arrived in Australia. As their first stop is Moonah Links outside Melbourne Jonathan Plaxton has issued his first daily report:

“An update on our first day’s work;
Having scraped through customs yesterday (Luke and Sam both came very close to a fine at Sidney airport and got formal warnings about dirt on their shoes) we had a good nights rest in what is certainly an ideal facility. Australia have very rigid policies about avoiding any infectious diseases via unclean sports equipment it seems!

The short game area is 75 yards from or rooms and the gym / range another 75 yards further on. To date we have been the only ones using the facilities and althoug the German team have been playing here as part of their preparation, having already been to Adelaide for 2 days (they return there on Friday), they were refused access despite paying green fees having not taken up accommodation at Moonah.

After exercise in the gym (I managed a bike ride!)and breakfast we started on the range and moved across to the short game area. The boys are getting on great as we would expect and its just a case of trying to keep them low key and patient for now!!
Packed lunches were delivered to us and our dinner order confirmed (Pumpkin soup and shepherd’s pie) which is again to be delivered to us at 7pm (7.30 pm sun down in the east which is a novelty!)

In the afternoon we set the boys out for a game between themselves (9 holes warm up and 9 shoot out which Dale won) whilst the two ‘old boys’ played head to head with honours even at the end of the day. A very good (LONG) course at 7500 yards off back tees and although par 72 the CSS is 76.

By the way whilst at Singapore we met Jean-Jacques Wolf who has been called up to deputise as Captain of France following Pascal Grigot being badly injured in an accident whilst driving a golf buggy.

After golf we had a debrief and then worked on the range / short game area for an hour. The close proximity of everything allows great focus and makes me truly question what we could do at Woodhall Spa regarding on site accommodation?!

Having played in the cold today its good to see that the forecast is for 20c + tomorrow! We plan to work a.m and go exploring off site in the afternoon to break things up before playing a competitive game here on Friday.

The reception here has been 1st class and staff cannot do enough for us! Pity its so far away from home! Following dinner we reviewed the video footage taken during the a.m session. After all that fresh sea air I’ve no doubt we’ll all sleep well!


The Women’s version of the World Amateur Championship, the Esperito Santo Trophy, is held this week. Follow all the action on the official website.

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