Here we go!

As the teams in the World Amateur Team championships conclude their final preparations England Captain Jonathan Plaxton reports from Adelaide:

“The 0530 alarm was needed by us all today and indeed tomorrow it will be the same given the early tee time we have for round 1. Following a team stretch, led by Dave Ridley, and breakfast (led by JP!) We headed for Royal Adelaide GC and the players warm up before our 0744 final practice round. A decision was made to play 9 holes only under tournament conditions and with a combined score of -3 including 8 birdies between the boys play was more than respectable. The question is can we cut out the mistakes/ minimise the damage (5 bogeys) and make our score potentially a winning one? Given our 10th tee start on day 1 we also played 10 and 11 before heading for the clubhouse and a food stop before some ‘time out’ and a visit to the beach and what a beach! Miles of sand and very few people + a huge Pelican wading in a lagoon! Having buried Dale in the sand we took in the rays and had some fun.

A couple of hours away from golf did us all good and topped up the tan ready for our 3pm date with the official photographer. Having first smiled for the camera the grin on the boys faces immediately thereafter may have had something to do with a fashion show also being staged in the hotel today!

Aboriginals at the Opening Ceremony

Theme of the Opening Ceremony

With the official opening ceremony at 5.30pm we had time to kill and a return to the hotel gave us some valuable rest time before the official functions – opening ceremony etc. A great venue/stage alongside the river with an Aboriginal theme. Hands shaken, friendship pins exchanged and people from all around the globe speaking pure golf! A short reception followed and after another good dinner we called it a day with a short team meeting and an early night on the eve of our biggest opportunity for the last 2 years. The boys are fit and well and eager to play. Here we go! JP”

As play gets underway in Adelaide you can follow the action on International Golf Federation’s live scoring.

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