Inside Golf : Inside Golf, May 2016
on tour 24 May 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au Hopping across the Tasman with Steven Jeffress email@example.com M y next stop was beautiful Auckland for the New Zealand PGA. I hadn’t been to Auckland for about 10 years so I was looking forward to not only playing Remuera golf club for the first time but also seeing the city of Auckland again. I had a great practice round and felt like I had a breakthrough in regards to my swing technique. I found a way that I could keep my lower half a little stiller which is something I had been working on for a while. The golf course was great and even though it was a tier 2 event, it was definitely run like an Australian Open or PGA championship. It was a tight course where driving the ball straight was a must with average-size but slopey greens. Due to how soft the course was, scores were low. I shot 2-under the first day and was in 40th position. The feel that I had worked on earlier in the week started working as my next two rounds of 5-under jumped me up into the top 10. The last day I turned 4-under for the day and thought with another four or five birdies on the back-9 I may be a chance. But on 10 I hooked my tee shot and a double-bogey later killed that idea. I fought back to shoot another 5-under to finish in a tie for 7th , a pretty solid week, 17-under. It just goes to show you how good the level is out there when 17-under finishes 7th ! I have to give a huge shout out to John and Annie that put Pete and myself up for the week. Their house was amazing and between Annie’s cooking and John’s beer fridge we had a great time. And Annie cooked a crispy skin salmon that was one of the most amazing meals I have ever had! On Monday morning I Pete and I jumped on a plane to the amazing Queenstown. This would have to be one of my favourite places in the world. Not only is the town of Queenstown beautiful but Millbrook and The Hills golf courses are world class. At Christmas last year I gave my mum a present which was a trip to New Zealand as she had never been there before. So we organized a rental house in central Queenstown so mum could go on some day tours while I was at work. The first day was interesting. We woke up to heavy rain and were fairly glad not to be out there. As we were driving out mid-morning the rain stopped and the sun came out. ‘I’m blessed’ was what I thought... until about 15 minutes before my tee time! The wind had suddenly come up, gusting at about 60km per hour. Now I was thinking ‘I’m not sure what would be better, rain or this’! I started average with four 3-putts on my first 9, but played great coming in, signing for a 1-under par, 71, which I was happy with due to the conditions. I played at the Hills the second day and started great, being 2-under after 5. Unfortunately that’s where my move forward ended. Three more birdies and four bogeys meant I again signed for a 1-under par which had me mid-field after two rounds, but I needed to shoot a low one to give myself a chance of winning Sunday afternoon. That low 3rd round never eventuated, with my ballstriking good but the putter going cold. I turned the front 9 in 2-under but made nothing coming in and again signed for a 1-under par 71 to have me at 3-under through 54 holes. A final round 72 had me finishing in 37th position. Not a bad week but I never really got going. It was great having mum there for the week. She had a great insight into the life of a touring pro, and I’m pretty sure that she saw every part of Queenstown! My next event was the QLD PGA Championship at City Golf Club in Toowoomba. This is an event that I have played well at over the past couple of years and I have even won the Pro-Am there. This is another tier 2 event that is run like a tier 1. The committee, members and community always get behind the event and make you feel really welcome. I played solid the first day shooting 2-under but woke up the 2nd day feeling a little average and hence I struggled early. I was 2-over through 12 holes and doing my best to stay patient which is, as most of us know, really difficult sometimes. Well, it worked as I made a couple of birdies coming in and was 2-under through 36 holes, a few back but in the fight. Last year I shot 64, 65 on the weekend so I was looking for the same rounds to jump up the leaderboard. And guess what: I shot 64, 65 again. On Friday afternoon I did some work with my coach on visualization on the greens and it worked. I can’t stress how important it is in all parts of your game to see what you want to do. If you can’t see it there is a good chance that it may not happen. I finished at 13-under-par and in a tie for 6th .As it ended up I was only two shots out of being in a play off. It’s amazing that the first two rounds weren’t great and at the end I nearly got there. I would like to thank City Golf Club for my accommodation at the City Golf Club motel. It’s in a great position and the rooms were great. 13 hours after finishing in Toowoomba I was on a plane to Sydney for the Castle Hill Pro- Am. It’s an event that I love to support. Castle Hill is an awesome golf course and David Northey, the head professional is a good mate so I always make a effort to play. I play with the same guys each year. Rob, Dave and Roscoe are great to play with, and will always beat any confidence out of you that you may have, and there is never a shortage of laughs! Anyway, it was a tough event, shooting 75, 76 and winning a centre of a doughnut! But it was great to see old mates and stay with my sister Joanne, Mark her partner and her boys Flynn and Jesse. I now have a few weeks off before I head up to PNG and then get ready for the Volvo China and the Maekjung in Korea. 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