Sunday in Adelaide

The England Team have arrived in Adelaide in preparation for the World Amateur Team Championships after a few productive days at Moonah Links. The Captain, Jonathan Plaxton in his daily update reports:

“0516 and no need to have set my alarm! The unmistakable sound of Barry Manilow coming across the rooftops from one of the numerous all night clubs close by in downtown Adelaide. Thankfully the lifts work well most of the time at the apartments where we are staying since we are on the 13th floor with a view across the city.

We joined England Ladies at the closing dinner yesterday. They were pleased to have improved 6 places on day 4 but still finished lower down than they’d hoped.

The Irish team’s golf clubs got lost at Heathrow but arrived late today. The heat when we disembarked was a shock even after Melbourne. The light is amazing. A photographer’s delight! Today we played The Grange course at 9 a.m so breakfast was at 0645 and transport at 0730 to the range for warm up etc.

An excellent course. Long enough to test but without puntive rough. The key is ball control on approach to the undulating and elevated greens which have a strong grainy grass. Greens are 10 on stimp with up to 12 forecast. A first outing for the new Oscar Jacobson mercerised cotton shirts was a success with the material clearly more suited to and much more comfortable in hot weather conditions. Following official registration and individual photos we held an inquest/review of play with many notes made on course planners. A shopping trip to the supermarket (using our hire car) and then the bus trip back to the apartments (15 minutes only) allowed some rest time before dinner. A restaurant recommended by the Ladies team proved a success and the walk there and back revealed some of the city’s sights! Monday’s tee time at Royal Adelaide is 11.30 and means a leisurely start for once. Exercise at 0845 and breakfast thereafter. Having registered we were canvassed by Turkey, Italy and Austria each of whom are seeking to stage this event in 2012.

Order of play sheets are submitted tomorrow so we must be getting close! Having enjoyed 31 degrees and a stiff but warm breeze today it seems that a change is on the way tomorrow with temperatures around 20 and a wind from the opposite direction.
Definitely time for bed! JP”

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