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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Morocco wrap-up

After 2 weeks in Morocco, and a lonnnnnggg trip back to Myrtle Beach, I have finally got my feet back under me today. I had a great time in Morocco, started off my trip by making the cut in the first event and finished in 46th place. The first tournament was held in Marrakech. Marrakech is a desert style landscape with a beautiful view of snow cap mountains in the distance.
View of putting green with snow caps in background
The city of Marrakech was very different than anything I've ever seen before. Anytime we were headed to the course we were bound to see something unusual on the roads. Like a family of 4 riding on a 2 person moped, or a roller balder, biker, motorcycle, moped, horse and wagon, car, bus, oh and a couple police officers all in the same round about at the same time... and it was a 2 lane road about 5 cars wide. We were just waiting to see an accident everyday but didn't see a singe collision. After the tournament was over we all hopped on buses and headed to El Jadida on which was supposed to be a 3 hour bus ride. Well nearly 5 hours later, and a few wrong turns and U-turns, we arrived at Pullman Hotel in El Jadida. 

The second event of the trip was held at Pullman Royal Golf and Spa located right on the Atlantic Ocean. It was pretty amazing to see the how the landscape changed from Marrakech to El Jadida. The golf course was tightly tree lined and kind of had a west coast feel to it. I failed to make the cut at this event due to a few bad holes both days. I played 31 holes at 1 under par and 5 holes 13 over par over 2 rounds. I shot rounds of 77 and 79. The second round I went completely brain dead for 5 holes and got myself into a big hole, I was 11 over par on the round with 5 holes to go. I told myself on the 14th tee that I need to break 80 today and gain confidence for my next event.  I then birdied 14, missed an 8 footer for birdie on 15, then birdied 16, 17, and 18 to shoot 79. Finishing that strong taught me something about my character on the course and my ability to regain focus after struggling for several holes. So even though I missed the cut I still left Morocco on a good note with positive thoughts on my mind. Below are a few more pictures from the event. Thanks again to Randy Ansems of Think Business Training for making this trip possible!
View from #2 Tee at Pullman in El Jadida
View from #18 tee at Pullman in El Jadida
The farmers stand by their sheep all day (no fences)


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