Friday in Adelaide

Second day of the World Amateur Team Championships and the heat has struck Adelaide. England Captain Jonathan Plaxton reports from the heat of the battle field:

“A late alarm for us all today with tee times either side of 1pm. Also plenty of time for a team stretch and another good breakfast/brunch with beans on toast as well as the usual fruit, yoghurts and cereal. We are all agreed that self catering is preferred given the flexibility it allows us. Fortunately Dave ‘coach’  Ridley has assumed the sandwich king mantel with daily orders taken and a goody bag awaiting each of us on departure for the course! The 20 minute journey to either course is now almost second nature and we have enjoyed being independent whilst others rely on the shuttle bus.

On arrival at the club midday heat persuaded us to take refuge in the shade and reduce time on the range. Dale reported a slight back ache and was cleared to take a pain killer whilst Luke and Sam looked good and more at home in the surroundings than perhaps was the case on day one. Certainly the first 2 holes were kinder to us and -2 for two added to ouir overnight -1 put us onto the leader boards dotted around the course. Beware the injured golfer they say and once more this was the case as Dale posted a 69 (-3), having holed from 10 feet at the first hole for a par 5 despite a perfect drive. Sam’s round was a roller coaster with much to admire and some surprises along the way too! He played a superb approach at 18 to a very ‘tight’ pin and holed for a birdie to buy us a few extra minutes in bed tomorrow!

Luke played well but suffered on the greens having hit the hole at least six times without the ball disappearing. His resolve is admirable and I hope he can get the low score he deserves before the end of the tournament!

Coping with the Adelaide heat

Coping with the Adelaide heat

Scotland are giving The USA a run for their money but as I said to the boys its only half way and we are still in touch despite not scoring our best and whilst playing pretty well on two very testing venues. A welcome shower at the end of a hot day (mid to high 20’s today) and a good appetite for dinner in the knowledge that tomorrow’s weather is forecast to be 30+. Having used the ice within the coolers (every 3 holes) to make up iced towels for the players I think that tomorrow one could well be around my neck too!!! They say Saturday (round 3) is ‘moving’ day and if we’re to mount a challenge we need to make it happen after a good sleep so on that note keep your fingers crossed and good night! JP”

Make sure you follow ‘moving day’ on the live scoring provided by the International Golf Federation.

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