Follow Golf Central BNE’s coach Matthew Guyatt and his student Ian Bostock as they take on the Australian Open.
The practice for the pre qualifying event…
In the build up to the Australian Open on Thursday 15th November, Matthew Guyatt accompanies, his Golf Central BNE Student, Ian Bostock to the pre-qualifying course.
Ian Bostock has been coached by Matthew Guyatt, former PGA tour champion, at Golf Central BNE for just under a year. Taking his game to the next level, Ian Bostock, confidently takes on the Ryde Parramatta course for the pre qualifying 18 hole event!
As the week develops, Golf Central BNE will be getting the inside scoop including exclusive pictures, interviews and up dates on both Matthew Guyatt and Ian Bostock.
Follow their journey and get an inside view of the Australian Open.
Matt Guyatt’s Australian Open prep is underway, get his tips when practicing in the sand!
The challenging 18th hole at this weeks Australian Open!
The tournament has arrived…Matt guyatt shares his thoughts…
“So the morning has arrived and it’s day one of the Aussie Open. The usual nerves are up and about inside the belly, maybe even a little more than normal. I reckon that’s because I have hardly played this year and maybe feel like my game isn’t quite as sharp as it has been in years gone by.
What I do have however is no expectations at all, and that will hopefully be to my advantage. The weather is overcast, a little breezy and cool, hopefully that wind stays away all morning and we get some good scoring done in my morning round.
The course is in good condition although it is damp meaning no run….not great for someone like me who likes you flight the ball down in the wind.
Am I ready, yep….let’s hope the scores match up!!”
– Matt Guyatt
Day 1. Round 1 complete…
Well that was brutal! The wind was up from the first hole of the day which was 7:55am for me. You know things are going to be tough when that’s the case, so it was time to batten down the hatches and get stuck into the grind!
I started on the back nine and played beautifully through the first 6 holes to be -1. I missed some great chances to be a little better but the course and wind was super tough. It was a day you needed to have your long game working overtime and any mistakes with contact we’re going to be accentuated.
Unfortunately I hit a poor drive on the 16th which led to a bogey but managed to make the turn at even par. The first hole was playing tough as a short par 4 with water the entire length of the hole on the left side. I thought I had found the water with my second shot although when arriving at the green the spotters had found my ball sitting on the mud, playable if I was willing to stand in the water! It’s the Australian Open so of course I was willing, so off with the right shoe and in I went, splashing it out to 4 ft for a crowd pleasing par!
The weather was worsening and the next 8 holes played incredibly difficult with the rain joining he wind for the last 4 holes. Yuk, who wants to be a golf Pro now! Anyway I managed despite two bogies to pick up one birdie late for a respectable 1 over par 73. The way I played from tee to green I was a little disappointed but I know if I can roll a few putts in tomorrow and strike the ball the same way that I can produce a low enough round to have some weekend work!
As I say to all of my students, “Golf is a game that consists of a series of individual events that we just need to do the best job we can on for each one and add them all up on the end!” Advice I will do well to take myself tomorrow as my afternoon round kicks off on “cut day!”
Let’s go Matty G, time for a low one! I’ll be trying that’s for sure!