Moving day in Adelaide

The third day often referred to as moving day in a golf tournament proved to be both a hot one and a tough one for the England Team out in Adelaide, Australia. England Captain, Jonathan Plaxton reports:

“Well what of ‘moving day’ ? After a really positive start, and with all of us optimistic about today, the expression ‘damp squib’ comes to mind! With relatively late times (3 consecutive groups from 11.45) a relaxed start was again possible. Following a quick trip to the shops for extra provisions and the morning ‘stretch/exercise, led by Coach Ridley, we breakfasted and once more made up packed lunches before setting off in the knowledge it would be a hot one!

Iced towels all round and a quick start by both Luke and Dale the result being -8 after 42 holes. However, with Sam unable to get below par (4 birdies but he could not recoup the dropped shots he suffered) it was left to Luke and Dale who each conspired to shoot 73’s (+1) having initially got to -2 after 5 and 6 holes respectively. Their disappointment and frustration is clear to see but there’s no doubting the effort put in. Having started tied 7th we are now tied 12 and play alongside South Africa and Wales at Royal Adelaide on Sunday.

Several teams came through with good scores today but we were not alone in being over par and slipping down the order. Scotland lead by 4 from The U.S.A who dropped 2 shots late in the day. With Ireland not far away all four of the Home Nations figure.

Having completed their rounds in the hottest part of the day (33+ degrees) only Sam felt like putting himself through the ‘range’ with Dave Ridley on hand. We have not played par 3s (4 of them at The Grange) well at all and despite some spectaculer recovery play seem to accrue bogeys from the middle of the fairway too many times! Having dined ‘Chinese’ we returned to base having agreed to meet and review / plan Sunday early tomorrow morning.

The forecast is a much cooler 24 degrees and should be more comfortable. With pin positions likely to be tough and greens that are extremely firm and undulating flight and spin control will be key on a classic sand based course. The boys know that our current position does not do us justice and they are keen to play good golf and score for once!!!!

Having spent 2 weeks away from home Dave Ridley and I are looking forward to returning home whereas the players have a different attitude and are more interested in the next trip! Life on the road!! No rocking for me tonight! JP”

As the World Amateur Team Championships for the Eisenhower Trophy reach the final day in Adelaide you can follow the action on the live scoring provided by the International Golf Federation.

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