Round 1

After a long lead up the World Amateur Team Championships for the Eisenhower Trophy have finally started. From day one England Captain Jonathan Plaxton reports: 

“At last time to play for real and the 5 a.m alarm was actually welcome! After a stretch and breakfast in our apartment we headed for Royal Adelaide in the car (now commandeered from David Basham!) and arrived at the course to find no wind and a clear blue sky. Although at first cool enough to warrant a sweater or jacket it soon became surplus to requirements! Our 10th tee start was not ideal since it involved a 5 minute bus trip for players+caddies and a hike for the rest of us. Caddies are amongst the many many volunteers who have been enlisted by the authorities here. On arrival at the 10th tee no Bolivian player to partner Dale Whitnell so he set off, with a nervy 3 wood, in a two ball with Zimbabwe. Luke followed with Sam in game 3 and after 2 holes we had managed 2 pars, 3 bogeys and a double bogey! With a 210 yard par 3 next on the agenda! Not many smiling faces however all three players then found their feet and settled down to play solid golf and record two 75’s with Sam matching the others finishing birdie at 9 to post a 70 (par is 73).

At the time of writing this appears to have given us the 3rd or 4th best score at Royal Adelaide where The USA played near flawless golf to be -10 and discard a score that most countries would have been delighted with! After such a poor start we were glad to post a sub par total but on reflection realise what might have been had we played well from the off. Observations were that the players could not hit woods on the range at Royal Adelaide where facilities are restricted unlike at The Grange and that waiting on the tenth hole (our first) was not ideal given the bus trip and logistics involved. Useful for round 3 on the basis our position is top half after 2 rounds as that will mean we play Royal Adelaide on the final day.

Having worked so hard we adjourned to the beach for a couple of hours before returning to The Grange for an hours putting practice in readiness for Friday. The two courses seem to be competing with each other to get the fastest greens and for now The Grange is winning! As well as cutting each day the staff have ironed the greens and the surfaces are as near to perfect as can be aside from old pitch marks. Holes are sharp and well painted. With a lie in tomorrow (tee time after 12) we could afford a relaxed evening and a good dinner post the meeting / inquest on today’s play / scores. On the basis that at least two of the three boys play to their handicaps (+4 at worst) in round two we agreed to serve them breakfast in bed on Saturday. Such a score would put us in a good position come the weekend whatever others do. The boys seem suitably incentivised and clearly worked hard for each other today. I’ve no doubt that we can improve our position. G’night! JP”

Continue to follow the scores through the live scoring provided by the International Golf Federation.

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