Well it was interesting to say the least!

My first week was in Sanya, China. Wow, the nicest beaches I have seen outside of Australia. I arrived from Australia on the Monday; time to get a practice round in and play the Pro-Am. In which I met some lovely people, and one of my partners invited us out for dinner one evening to his hotels’ restaurant! WOW some nice food alright.. And was kinda nice to not have eyeballs, goose tongue’s or rice on our plate!

The course I felt would suit me, with it set up at a reasonable length, yet very small greens. The first round was quite windy, I had afternoon tee time, but I felt I did ok considering, and I was feeling very comfortable on the greens which is always nice. An opening round -2, 70 to be in the mix of things. Next round I had an early tee time which was much nicer conditions. And to be honest, I know I had a good steady round of -3, 69, I felt I didn’t really get the most out of it. Or felt I was hitting it much better than that, but happy to be sitting -5 total and right in contention going into final round.

I was still happy with my play but just didn’t go low enough to get close to the lead, signing for a -1, 70 and a tie for 5thplace. My best finish for the season so clearly I was very pleased! But more excitingly fellow Aussie, Frances Bondad won the event on -11. Her first professional victory! Great week for the Aussies and so happy for her!

Next week Suzhou, China! Well how to describe this one… a golf course, hotel and not much else within an hour!! It was a beautiful course, the greens looked great which always excites me!

Things didn’t really go my way this week, the course was set up very long, which I felt I would struggle a little more with, and I couldn’t get a feel on the greens for the whole week, right from the practice rounds to the 18th hole.

Again this was a 3 rounder, and I had the honour of playing with the legend, Laura Davies. First round was sort of OK, but just OK, and couldn’t really get anything happening signing for a +2 74.

Second round was much the same to be honest, was doing everything just OK, and on a course like this it wasn’t really going to cut it and signed for +3 75 to miss the cut by 3 shots.

I probably pushed a little too much on the back 9, knowing I would have to make a couple of birdies, but somehow they turn into bogeys!! But hey I’m sure i’ll learn from that!

So in the end Yani Tseng (World number 1) blew the field away, as she has all year, by a massive 7 shots to win her 11th tournament for the year.

Since I had the day off on Sunday (unfortunately) I went into town (an hour away) and spent a lot of

time looking aroundthe shops (all the fake top brands and DVD stores!), which I found quite entertaining!!

And now I’ve arrived back in Australia where I’ll be for most of November, having some time off, practicing and then playing the ALPG Pro-Am series in NSW, which I’m really looking forward to.

So until next time, thanks for following and good golfing!





  • Comment by Kerrie Curtis — November 2, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    Good to hear from you Stace, sounds like you are really enjoying yourself, good luck in Oz

  • Comment by JP — November 2, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Hello Stace,

    Great result in Sanya and wish to congratulate you…Hey …

    So sorry if I couldn’t be at your finish and price ceremony …

    The family is sending their love and really looking forward to see your name on the top of the front page soon ….
    You deserve it ….Let’s keep in touch …
    love JP

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