Practice distraction

I’m usually pretty good at ignoring what’s going on around me when I’m practicing and just immersing myself in whatever I’m working on that particular day. Today was tough to do that though. Alongside the driving range at The Mines Resort, where Impact Elite Golf Academy is based is a short, straight bit of road. Perfect it seems to set up a 100m drag race track for local scooter riders! So for the last 2 days solid, there have been riders thrashing it up and down the road at breakneck speeds.

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Now, for those of you that don’t know me that well, I’m a bit of a petrol head at heart. That’s a bit of an understatement. Infact, for years, my classic Volkswagen obsession over shadowed my golf playing career. I couldn’t resist popping over to watch the guys racing their pride and joys for a while after lunch today. It got the juices flowing and reminded me of the fun I had back in Europe racing our club built VW Beetle, the Jägerbug. I won’t go into too much detail on that at risk of staying up all night typing about it as I used to back then. Here are a couple of pics of it for those that are remotely interested.

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Needless to say I sat and watched a few videos from www.jagerbug.com after that to remind me of what we used to get up to before I made the move out to Malaysia. I miss the thrill of racing, the camaraderie between the guys and girls involved and the friendships I left behind. I keep in touch with some but not nearly enough or often enough. My thoughts went out to all the V-dubbed who were trudging their way home from the soggy, abandoned Big Bang festival at Santa Pod Raceway in England.

Tomorrow I’m flying to Bangkok and then on to Laos on Tuesday for another ASEAN Tour adventure. I think I’ll wear orange on day one to remind me of friends back in the UK.

Team Jägerbug – creating life long memories since 2007 😉

Heading home

Nothing much to report I’m afraid other than after just over 3 weeks back in the UK we’re finally heading home to Malaysia. It’s been a fun frantic few weeks of visiting family and friends, playing some golf, racing a Volkswagen Beetle drag car (yes, that is me behind the wheel!) and a bit of relaxing too 🙂

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My experience in Manchester Airport this afternoon was anything but relaxing as I was presented with an excess baggage bill of £280 for my golf clubs! When traveling with Qatar Airways be warned, golf clubs are only free as long as the weight is included within your normal baggage allowance! A farcical rule that means with my clubs weighing in at just over 15kgs I was entitled to just 8kgs for my check in bag. On our outward journey my clubs had travelled for free but was facing a hefty sum on our return leg.

To cut a long story short, a bit of charm and persuasion goes a long way and thankfully the helpful staff at Qatar Airways saw some sense and I was able to travel back with the tools of my trade without having to pay an arm and a leg! ALWAYS READ THE SMALL PRINT FOLKS 😉

Anyway, I’m currently 5th reserve for the next ADT event, the Ballentines Championship being held at the Tong Hwa Golf & Country Club in Taipei. After a phone call from the Asian Tour yesterday I’m optimistic that I should get a place in the starting line up. That gives me 10 days after landing to get back into the swing of things, literally, before I fly off to Taiwan for hopefully the first of two back to back ADT events. The second event is The Aboitiz Invitational event in the Philippines.

Hopefully the jet lag won’t be too bad so I can get straight out to practice this week. I’m certainly rested and raring to get back out there to kick on and have a strong second half of the season.