Happy new year folks. All of a sudden, it's the first tournament of the year. We'd had three months off since the Portugal Masters in October, so it was time to blow away the cobwebs and get ready for the season ahead. Normally paul would start the season off in Abu Dhabi, which is traditionally the start of the Middle East swing, but due to the long lay off, we started in South Africa at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington golf course. There are two courses, the East and the West. We play a round over each, then the the final two rounds over the longer, tougher East course. In South Africa, the pro-am is on the Tuesday, which is quite a good idea, as it gives all the players the freedom to do as they please on the Wednesday. Our day got off to a flyer, as one of our pro-am partners asked Paul if he still played professionally. I almost fell over laughing. Unperturbed, Chippie was the usual exemplary pro-am host, and everyone had a good day. Everyone except for my little tootsies. My feet were on fire....!! Three months at home had softened my feet up and walking on the thick kikuyu grass had left them covered in blisters. As expected, there was no sympathy from the boss, but I got my own back when we went out for dinner to the famous Butcher's Shop and Grill in Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. You won't find a better steak and chips anywhere. All week, Chippie had payed for breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse, so when the bill came for dinner, I grabbed it and said the steaks were on me. I handed over my credit card, only to be told that due to the recent thunderstorm, the credit card machine was down , and it was cash only. I didn't have a bean on me, and had to hastily hand the bill over to the boss and ask him to pay. Them's the breaks lol On the golfing front it was a decent start to the year. Opened with a two under 69 on the west course, followed by a 3 under 69 on the east and we had made the cut comfortably. A 72 and a final round 70 meant we were 7 under for the week and finished in 31st place. The season was off and running and after such a long lay off it was a good start to the year. As per, it was back to the hotel, showered and changed and straight to the airport for our overnight flight to Dubai for the Middle East swing.....We were back on the hamster wheel !!
Joburg Open 2016