To be able to play a course such as this is a testament to the work that is being done behind the scenes by Dan Godding and his team, add this to the condition of the course which was incredible for so early in the year and everything was set up for a great tournament.
With the event starting on the Tuesday, I decided to travel down on Sunday as I wasn’t part of the pre tournament Pro-Am on the Monday.
As many of you know I am a big Liverpool fan and I couldn’t miss the match against City, so I arrived at the course early so I could watch it in the bar, what a game it was and we moved one game nearer to the title, but like any sport, nothing is ever garaunteed.
So after the game it was down to business and on to the course and I managed to get 18 holes in and have a good look at everything, which I said earlier was in great condition with some juicy rough down the sides of the fairways and around the greens, I felt a premium would be put on driving this week, as this would allow you to really attack the holes.
I managed another 13 holes after the Pro Am on Monday as well as getting some good practice in the morning, it certainly helps when you get to a venue that has everything in place and the weather to go with it!
With all my preparation done it was on to round 1 and an opening tee time of 7.50 which ended up moving back 30 minutes after a frost delay. I covered the first 9 holes in +2 after a couple of poor bogies and not taking a couple of birdie chances. I then started the back nine with 3 dropped shots after a couple of three putts and I finished up the round with a 78 and I didn’t record one birdie.
Round 2 started a little better with a birdie at my second hole, but a couple of bogies pushed me back to +1 through nine and then coming home I notched up two more birdies but added two bogies and double to this for a second round of 75, this meant I missed the cut by 5 shots.
Disappointing to score poorly in the first tournament of the year, but there was a number of positives from the week and with a week off, plenty of time to reflect and make improvements on the weak areas. Next up is Montrose a links course on the North East coast of Scotland.