2019 Huangshan Championship

After a great week in Suzhou, the tour loaded up again and drove 4 hours down the road to the mountainous region of Huangshan in the Anhui province of China. We played the tournament at the very exclusive Hidden Tiger Golf Club which sits in the foothills of Huangshan Mountain on Taiping Lake.

The course was presented in beautiful condition though the weather was less cooperative. The forecast at the start of the week was for non stop rain and unfortunately the weather forecasters got it right. We played our practice rounds in pouring rain but managed to get all 18 holes in on Monday and Tuesday playing just 9 each day. Wednesday was a virtual washout.

I was teeing off at 6:41am for my first round, however after arriving at 5:30 to the course, we wouldn’t actually tee off until closer to 11am due to the extensive weather delays. My side of the draw was lucky enough to get the first round in by 7pm with the afternoon waves teeing off from 4pm. I would eventually sign for a reasonable +2, 74 in some very wet conditions.

More delays on Friday meant that I wouldn’t play my second round until Saturday morning and the event would be shortened to 54 holes due to time constraints. I had a disappointing 78 and would miss the cut that was eventually set at +3.

My next event is the Iloilo Challenge in the Philippines starting on the 26th of June.

2019 Beijing Championship

After a great week off back in Australia, I felt determined to get things going in Beijing.  The tournament was played at the magnificent Topwin Golf Club just north of Beijing and a former host of the Volvo China Open.  The course was presented in excellent condition and coming into the week I felt a bit more confident about how I was going to play.

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2019 The Country Club Invitational

Returning to The Country Club for a 2nd time in the month, I was determined to seek a little revenge from this extraordinarily challenging course.  The TCC invitational is a special event on the local Philippine Golf Tour that invites the top 30 players from last year’s order of merit to a no cut 4 round event with the course setup aimed at challenging every facet of our games.

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Haikou Championship

The Haikou Championship was playing at the very narrow, Sunac 3 mile course just outside of Haikou City on China’s Hainan island.
This would be a very challenging week for all involved as the tour had lost one of its nicest players on the Sunday before the event.  Arie Irawan was a tremendous character who was gone far too soon.  He will be sorely missed.

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