Australia vs China Round 1

Thursday, 12 April 2012
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Round one of the China and Australia International Challenge has teed off, but not before the Australian players were treated to a traditional welcome dinner at the Tycoon Golf Club on 10th April.

The International Challenge is being held in conjunction with the opening week of the China Golf Club League, and so the Tycoon Golf Club is a buzz with over 100 competitors from around 25 different golf clubs in the south all converging in Shenzhen.

To kick off the opening event, and to welcome the Australian players, the China Golf Association hosted a magnificent dinner complete with traditional Chinese food, drink and formalities.

As to be expected, the Australian players enjoyed the evening and whilst one may think this is not the best preparation for tournament golf, it is clear that the Australian team have had practice in this type of festivities.

Round one of the official tournament is a format unique to the China Golf Club League, with players pairing up to play in a best ball stroke net competition.

Team Australia clearly liked this format with the best score of the day shot by Laidley pair Kenji Yoshida and Adam Best with a best ball net score of 54.

The Robina/Laidley combination of Nathan Baker and Ron Goltz also enjoyed the course shooting a best ball score of 55 net.

The Chinese team had some great scoring, including the next best of the competition of 64, with two of their pairs shooting this score.

The round of the day however must go to Kenji, who shot a 58 net on his own.

Team Australia have clearly found a liking to the magnificent Tycoon Golf Club which boasts a TPC Sawgrass style Island Hole on the back nine and some extremely memorable holes surrounding it.

The course is not to be beaten by the clubhouse which stands three stories high and comes complete with billiards room, day spa, karaoke room and a foyer which is usually seen in a Hollywood movie.

The second and final round will be held on the 12th April and will be a single stroke net competition.