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Dunes 2016: Dinner with Rickie Fowler & Jimmy Walker!

It was one of the best golf trips I've been on so I had to post a few photos on my blog to preserve the memories. There have been no movies viewed over the past week as I've spent time on the Mornington Peninsula competing in the 2016 Dunes Medal.

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Considering his Snapchats are viewed by roughly 250,000 people, it was nice to make Rickie Fowler's public feed.

 

 
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The trip began with a game at The National Old Course which is currently ranked 10th in the country as per Australian Golf Digest.

 

 
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The super 3-man fourball team who managed to go around The National Old Course with a score of 10 under par. The highlight was Jed Morgan's hole-out from 80m on the 12th.

 

 
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There aren't many golf holes in the country more stunning than this. The tee shot on the 7th at The National Old Course. I flubbed an 8-iron to 20 feet.

 

 
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With Louis Dobbelaar at the The National Old Course. He recently won the 2016 New Zealand Men's Amateur which included a win over Luke Toomey in the semi-finals. No one has more experience at beating Toomeys than Louis!

 

 
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A great group teeing it up at The National.

 

 
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Our accommodation for the week at St Andrew's Beach.

 

 
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Teed it up in the Dunes Medal but putted worse than a one-armed monkey to finish with 81-83-164. Was great to see Louis, Jed and Lochie make the cut.

 

 
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Recovery session at St Andrews Beach. Not pictured: Me because it was too bloody cold!

 

 
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Catching up with Charlie Dann & Shae Wools-Cobb for dinner at the beautiful Portsea Hotel.

 

 
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If it's not the longest course in Australia, I'd like to know what is. Had a crack at Moonah Links Open Course off the back tees which measures over 6,800m.

 

 
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No trip to the Mornington Peninsula is complete without a visit to the Peninsula Hot Springs.

 

 
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Walking with Rickie Fowler & Jimmy Walker at the Crown Casino. Kudos to my super 15-year-old contact for teeing up the experience of a lifetime.

 

 
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Just chilling in Rickie Fowler's penthouse apartment which waiting for him to get changed for dinner.

 

 
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It's not often you get to have dinner with two golfers ranked in the top 20 in the world. Rickie Fowler & Jimmy Walker had plenty of words to offer when it came to golf, cars and women.

 

 
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Rickie Fowler has more than $26 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour. Jed Morgan wasn't after swing tips though. He needed Rickie to teach him about chopsticks.

 

 
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Closing the evening with a group photo outside the Spice Temple. Thanks to Jimmy for picking up the tab for dinner (my wallet wasn't quite deep enough).

 

 
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I was already a fan of Rickie Fowler but you can add 2016 US PGA Champion Jimmy Walker to the list. Both amazing guys with a great sense of humour.

 

 
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Probably my favourite photo for the week. Introducing the new One Direction...

 

 
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Competing in the 1st annual Victorian Sand Greens Links Championship. Was a tough track with plenty of water in play!

 

 
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They say that the 18th tee at Pebble Beach is picturesque. I'd argue this one is even better.

 

 
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The final day of the trip was spent at the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath and after dinner two nights earlier, we spent a bit of time following Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler.

 

 
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Jimmy Walker somehow found the green out of this lie on the tricky 16th hole at Kingston Heath.

 

 
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I guess it's true. A picture does say a 1,000 words.

 

 
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In the car and heading to the airport at the end of the trip. Still not sure how we packed the luggage so perfectly.