"Down Under With Dawson" Part Two
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Lipscomb sophomore golfer Dawson Armstrong is in Australia this week to compete in the Australian Master of the Amateurs tournament, one of the top amateur golf tournaments in the world. Follow along as he journals his about his trip and competition. The tournament gets under way on Wednesday. 

The past three days have each consisted of a round of 18 holes on The Royal Melbourne Golf Club West Course but each day has brought about its own story.  To start with Sunday, I got out to the golf course and realized that this was the first time I had ever played a true links-style golf course, a style in which no course in America can truly compare to.  I had to learn to hit the ball lower, while learning to play rollouts which was a new game for me.  Sunday's winds were constantly 30 miles per hour and gusting at 40 making that day very interesting.  I had to learn to play a new style and get my feet wet with a true links course, but it was the next day that really helped me learn the details of the golf course.

Monday came and as the second round of the practice rounds, this was the day for me to learn all of the details such as distances and green slopes.  I had a great time getting to spend another couple of hours on a great golf course, but while it was great and I learned a lot about the course, what I realized at the player’s dinner that night was greater than anything I could have learned on the golf course.  I realized that I was sitting beside truly the best players in the world, with there being two selected players from 16 countries across the globe, as you will see in the video below.  The Australian Master of the Amateurs is truly one of the best tournaments in the world, and I did not really grasp this until Monday night.

Tuesday, as the final practice round before the tournament, is the day for me to see how I might fare against the golf course and what better way to test that than in a friendly Am-Am tournament.  An Am-Am is when the players in the tournament get the opportunity to play with members and simply have a good time.  I played with Grant Forrest, who is a member of the Scotland team here, and two members named Leigh Clifford and Tony Rule. Clifford happens to be the chairman of Qantas airlines, the airline which we flew to Melbourne on.  The Am-Am Challenge was meant to be a fun experience for all ages and levels of players and that is exactly what happened.  Now it is time for me to play in the tournament. Please wish me luck and no matter what to God be the glory!

 Live scoring for the event can be found at: http://leaderboard.miclub.com.au/display-leaderboard?club=royalmelbourne&leaderboardId=1506080055


Australian Master of the Amateurs Introduction 2016 from Master of the Amateurs on Vimeo.