After a much needed 7 week break from tournaments, my first event for the back half of the season was the Fiji International at the lovely Natadola Bay Golf Club just outside of Nadi, Fiji. Simply put, this venue is a tropical paradise combined with a 5 star golfing facility. If you are a keen golfer who enjoys snorkelling and crystal clear waters over tropical reefs then this is the place!
In terms of my play I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first event back for a while and generally speaking after a break there tends to be some silly errors that I need to get out of my system and unfortunately this was the case. The first day was extremely windy and I shot an opening 78, 6 over par which included a 4-putt on my second hole and a careless double from the fairway on the 10th hole. Whilst I didn’t play my best, 2 or 3 over would have been an acceptable score without the silly errors. That being said, the responsibility rests with me. After some work following round one, I scored much better in the second round shooting 1 under par with only 1 bogey on my 17th hole (which to be fair was playing 214 metres or 235 yards with trouble everywhere so I wasn’t too hard on myself for that!). I did have my chances coming in and it was disappointing to miss the cut by 1 shot but I learned a lot during Thursday and Friday and can take a lot out of the week as the events start to stack up.
It was unfortunate timing that such a big event opened up the second half of my schedule but the down time was much needed with an extremely busy 2nd half of the year. The structure of my schedule is put together around web.com Qschool and the Australian summer events and so this was the best way I could structure my plan for the year.
I now have a week at home to reinforce the lessons from last week before a run of 4 weeks in a row in the lead up to first stage of web.com Qschool in the first week of October. My next event will be the Northern Territory Open starting on the 16th of August in Darwin.