Our internet has just run out. So whilst I type this blog late on Wednesday, it may not be possible to post until we have sorted our mobile broadband connection with our supplier, Optus. If anyone from Optus is reading this ‚?? please sponsor us. And also please get one of your customer service guys to answer our call as we have had the irritating ‚??on call‚?? music playing so long it will haunt me in my sleep tonight. Whilst telecommunications is cheaper in Aussie than it is in NZ it‚??s still a drain on funds.
Speaking of funds, I need to clarify for some readers that JP and I are funding this trip ourselves and with the help of some of our sponsors ‚?? huge thanks to Westfield and Perry Aggregates.¬† We are scrapping away each day (like paupers) to get by and kind individuals such as the people at the Rosebud caravan park and their generosity of spirit is winning the day so far.¬† But we‚??re always on the hunt for more sponsors so if there are any suggestions out there in the wide world of the web please drop me a line.¬† In the ideal world we would have matching puregolf2010 golf bags sponsored by both a golf company and another worldwide conglomerate (so if you are reading Nike and Coke please come to the party).¬† So far we are out of luck ‚?? but touch wood.¬† Meanwhile all of the money we are raising for The First Tee NZ is going directly to them via fundraiseonline. None of the ‚??walknz‚?? expenses issues here.
So, today we played our 62nd consecutive round of golf at Rosebud Country Club on their South course. As we are playing the North course tomorrow, it is best to leave most of the golfing review until the next installment of puregolf2010.¬† Today we did manage to play with a local by the name of Walter who has retired on the Mornington Peninsula.¬† Walt immigrated to Australia from Liverpool back in the 70‚??s and provided good company throughout the round.¬† But Walter did not have a flash day on the course, and so could relate with Jamie who battled through 18 long holes today. Actually Jim played the first five perfectly with straight pars but then the wheels (and dare I say motivation) fell off.¬†
Rosebud CC South was not the most difficult course we have played all year and with wide open fairways and inviting greens it was a day for scoring low. But when you play golf every day sometimes scoring is not the name of the game and Jamie seemed not so bothered to lose the fairways, greens and putts competition to love today.¬† It was rather fortunate that his putting punishment of ten four footers in a row only took him about 4 minutes to complete as by that stage in the day he was pretty keen to retire to the caravan park.¬† My golf was juxtaposed against the excitement of yesterday ‚?? I had 13 regulation pars and a few bogeys for a 78.
After the golf we went for a reccy down towards the south of the Mornington Peninsula.¬† Now this area was impressive and I think even our tourist guide understated the affluence here in saying ‚??the millionaire‚??s mansions along the clifftops of Portsea and Sorrento are the stuff of local legend.‚?Ě¬† We stopped in for a lazy beer ‚?? a quality aussie drop called James Squires - at the Portsea Hotel which is the iconic feature of the township. Perched a top the jetty and water, I can imagine this place really hums certain nights of the year. Lastly, we stopped in at the Sorrento pub a huge old limestone building also overlooking the bay and watched the kiwis sneak home (again) against the Aussies. Great work boys.
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