Tuesday in Adelaide

As preparation conitnues in Adelaide, Jonathan Plaxton, the England Captain continues his daily reports:

“A great nights sleep for all and a lie in ’til 8 which will not be the case tomorrow (7.40 tee time at Royal Adelaide). Team ‘stretch’ followed by breakfast in Dave Ridley’s room/apartment. Use of a car greatly helps and we were able to make our own way to The Grange for a 1214 tee time. Chilly start meant jackets for the fist hour but then shirt sleeves once more and sun cream!

Wind direction the complete opposite from what it was when we first played The Grange and club choice totally different! Greens are excellent but getting faster by the day and very likely to be around 12 come Thursday. En route to the course each player was given a press cutting and asked to relate each of their memories of winning The Tilman, South of England and Bernard Darwin Trophies respectively. An interesting exercise with much discussion and several common factors highlighted to provoke a positive thought process and mind set.

On arrival the congested range initially caused a short delay but gave an opportunity for a ‘Titleist’ team photo in font of the advertising board on the range. Jacques Retief and Jim Ahern were at the course yesterday. No caddies until Thursday but a few people wandering the course including U.S university coaches etc (Texas for one).

Dave Ridley makes a mean sandwich and has made us a ‘pack up’ each day whilst I have been in charge of breakfast and laundry with help from the boys. Accommodation and self catering facilities have been ideal for us both weeks given the 3 man team here.

A 5pm Captain’s meeting back in town meant an early departure from the course for me and a coach ride. The pace of eveything is cetainly slower than in The U.K and with just 22 million in a country so big there’s no shortage of land so no wonder the roads are so wide! Captain’s meeting was uneventful apart from the draw which put us with Bolivia and Zimbabwe in round 1 at Royal Adelaide (10th tee) and in round 2 with Italy and Brazil (1st tee).

Following dinner we met to discuss individual course strategy and the format for tomorrow resulting in a 9 hole medal under championship conditions. An early night for us all. JP”

Further information on the Eisenhower Trophy can be found on the International Golf Federation website.

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