SORRY FOR THE DELAY THE WIFI AT THE HOTEL WASN’T WORKING SATURDAY & SUNDAY
So, last round tee time at 9:30 playing with a Swede & a Venuzalen…. great experience for these juniors to play with other juniors from around the world. The usual preparation…. upto the club for breakfast and then over to the Academy to warm up. It was a lot warmer than yesterday’s cold wind.
So, with Rick being really nervous the last few days, today was to try and speak more to his fellow players, get to know, get to know their background & enjoy himself on the course…. basically to have a little distraction instead of blocking everything out & building the tension in his body.
On the tee I met Stefan’s father from Venezuela who was walking with the group (remember no caddies allowed). Not a great drive but a good shot into the fringe not far from the flag…3 putt bogey!!! After a good drive on 2 he pushed his approach right of the green, but made a good up & down for his par. Another missed green at the next, he never got up & down this time… bogey which he followed up with another bogey at the 4th… a good par save on on 5. He made a silly bogey on 6, after missing the green. A good up & down from the bunker on 7, he made another solid par on 8.
Now standing on the 9th, the scene of the 9 a day earlier, a good tee shot, referred to his yardage book, laid up before the bunker, played a lovely approach & just missed his birdie knocked it in for an easy par. If only if only!!!! 4 over after 9, not to bad!!!
He under clubbed at the next, but almost holed his bunker shot…. Par & a par at the next “solid”. The 12th where he made a triple yesterday, solid drive, he then hit a fantastic approach to a yard for a tap in birdie. Par, par, at the 13th & 14th he hit two good shots, to be 30 yards from the flag in two at the Par 5, not at a great chip he then rolled in a 10 footer for another bird… back to 2 over for his round.
On 16, a reasonable straight forward par 3. He hit his worst shot of the day by missing the green by 30 yards, a misjudged pitch, he then 3 putted for a double…. ouch!!! A good drive up 17 and 2 solid putts for a solid par, he played the 18th pretty much the same way…. fairway, good lay up, nice approach & just missed his birdie & tapped his par putt in for a best of the week 76…..
After the dinner were all the speeches and prize giving.On the way back we were in the bus with the Aussies again. We had to wait for a while, so it was nice to speak to the coach picking his brains for a good 20 minutes. This was a great week for us both to be in & about Junior golf from around the world. To think that we’ve been all together, all week and all in the same room tonight & within 24 hours we’ll be all in different places all over the world.
Tomorrow is gonna be a long day, we fly at 1:24 to Philadelphia & have a 6 hour wait then thru the night to Amsterdam.
Tot snel… back in NL
Rick & Garry