I am back in Los Angeles and loving the time that I have back at home. My caddie Andy and I had a great time in Gettysburg. I shot 74 the first day missing a couple short putts, came back the second day and shot one under par to move up the leader board quite a bit. I was very happy with my round on Saturday and was ready to move up even more on Sunday.
I was satisfied with shooting 73 on Sunday because I thought that the course was set up difficult to play all weekend. The greens were by far the largest and most undulated that we have played all year so you really had to be precise with your yardages or you would leave yourself a challenging 2 putt. I was actually very impressed with how low the scores were for the tournament.
I am proud of myself for coming back at the end of the season and playing well in my last 3 events. It gives me a lot of confidence going into qualifying school. So the time that I have at home for the next couple of weeks I will be practicing, working with my swing coach Bryan, playing practice rounds and, of course just enjoying my time at home with friends and family.
I had a lot of fun in Queenstown Maryland last week. Of course you always enjoy the game of golf a little more when you play well.
The first day I took advantage of the par 5’s and birdied every single one of them but had a couple bogies to finish with a 2 under par 70. I was very satisfied with that score for that day because I had only hit 3 fairways. I hung in there though and put in a real grind because I knew that I had left a lot of birdies out there that I could get the next day.
31 on the back nine, 1-off my 9-hole record
I worked with my driver on the range after the round and got a lot more confident with it. I hit 13 fairways the next day to shoot 69 for a 5 under par 2 day total for 4th place. I shot 69 with a triple bogey. An errant tee shot into the hazard for a 7 on a par four to shoot 38 on the front nine gave me a little more determination to go low on the back nine. And I did just that, with 5 birdies for a 31 on the back nine. My lowest score for nine holes was a 30 which was during a high school match. That finish gave me a lot of confidence going into Sunday. It’s funny how difficult this game is but when you play that well it just seems so easy. You just know exactly where every shot is going to go.
Comfortable at the top
On Sunday, I unfortunately made another big number by hitting the ball in the water twice on number nine to finish the tournament at even par. Of course that was a disappointment but I wound up finishing 13th, my best finish this year. Unlike Lima, Ohio on Sunday when I was very nervous, Last week I was more determined and comfortable at the top of the leaderboard. That is an accomplishment.
Ready for Q-school
This week is my last tournament of the season in Gettysburg Pennsylvania before Q-school in. My friend Andy is caddying for me this week so we are going to go out there this weekend and play hard but most importantly have fun!
It was an unfortunate start to the last stretch of the season. I missed the first two cuts and put up two of my highest rounds of the year. I was disappointed yes but just more shocked than anything. I think that the goals that I had set for the last 5 events put too much pressure on me. That’s when I start trying to make things happen instead of just letting go. I am still learning everyday. To be honest my patience is wearing a little thin but this is the time of the year when I really need to hang in there, grind even more and stay as patient as possible.
After my visit to Rochester, I took the time to drive the extra hour east to check out Niagara Falls. It was spectacular! I took a boat ride to the bottom of the falls and got soaked. I also took the “cave of the winds” walk and got drenched from standing directly under the Bridal Veil Falls. It was so much fun. There was so much force at the bottom of the falls from the water that you had to hold onto the railing or you would get knocked over! Everybody was laughing, screaming and having a great time. It would actually be a great place to vacation for a few days because there are so many great things to do there.
The drive to Hammond, Indiana from Lima, Ohio was short and sweet. I took Monday off and relaxed. I did my usual check-in to the hotel, went to find out where the golf course was, and checked out the town. I actually went and saw Click, the movie starring Adam Sandler. I loved it! I found myself laughing out loud and yes I’ll admit trying to fight back a couple tears too. But overall it’s a great movie and I recommend it to everyone.
Winds for windsurfers, not golfers
For the first day of the tournament I shot 78. I have no excuses, I just played poorly. My driver was giving me trouble all day. I only hit 2 fairways that day which makes it difficult to stay focused and keep grinding for pars. On Friday the wind started blowing first thing in the morning. I had the second tee time of the day which come to find out later that afternoon was an advantage. The wind really picked up about the 5th hole and then made the golf course almost impossible to play on the last nine holes, with winds up to 30 miles per hour. With the wind blowing across the hole, it forced you to start shots so far right or left of your target that it was extremely uncomfortable. The golf course was challenging enough with narrow fairways, a lot of water and extremely undulated greens that the wind just tested your sanity, and especially your patience.
Happy to be out there on Sunday
I thought that walking away with another 78 would keep me from playing on Sunday but because of the wind and the impossible playing conditions, the scores were through the roof in the afternoon and I actually made the cut! I couldn’t believe it! So all day on Sunday I was just happy to be out there playing and came in with a 74. I played great all day. I hit a lot more fairways and made some putts. Unfortunately on the last hole of the day my first two shots got caught up in the rough and I wound up with a double bogey. It was disappointing of course but I can’t forget about how great I played during the other 17 holes.
A well deserved rest
I am really enjoying my time off, back at home in L.A. I had a great time celebrating the 4th with a barbecue and fireworks with my friends. I love being home but also love being out on the road seeing new places and meeting new people. I am really looking forward to my next stretch of events on the East Coast. I have already scheduled to meet with friends and see some concerts during my week off at the end of the month. Then I am back at home getting ready for the LPGA qualifying school.
Next week, Connecticut.
Well…See what patience brings? A couple of 68’s! Finally everything came together for me this week. Ball striking, fairways and greens in regulation, and most importantly my putting. 6 birdies the first day and a bogey free round with 4 birdies the second. Then the third and final day rolls around…74 🙁
State of mind is key
I have had enough time to cool off and really think about the round and say that I choked and maybe giggle a little about it too. I have not had the experience of being at the top of the leaderboard so I was very protective on Sunday. But it’s all experience and preparation for the future. Now that I have that experience of being in the second to last group on Sunday, I can learn from it and improve my state of mind. Because that’s all that it is.
A life saving choice
When I first arrived in Lima, I went to the Holiday Inn to see if they had any vacancies. They were all booked up for the weekend so the receptionist helped me out by calling nearby hotels. Because there was a motorcycle event at the fairgrounds, everyone seemed to be full. I was going to go the hotel next door but then the receptionist realized that there was one more room left that he had missed on the computer; so I took it.