After my time on Morning Drive, my brother and I caught a flight back up to Atlanta and drove a little over 4 hours to Charlotte. My host family there is wonderful and they even drove to Asheville to watch me in my final round. We drove up to a sign in their front yard congratulating me and my brother who just graduated from law school.
Since I had little sleep, I unpacked, had dinner, and went to bed. The next day, I played in a proam with two high school girls, their dad, and friend. We shot 17 under and won!! It was so much fun and I felt like I didn’t even have to do much.
That evening, the tournament put on a fun putting challenge called Rock the Putt. It was a bracket system and I lost in the 2nd round. It was so much fun and a great way to get the tournament started.
The Symetra Classic started on Thursday so I didn’t get a practice round in. This was my third time playing this tournament so I wasn’t worried about it. I did get to see Alex my travel buddy this week as she was playing in this event as well.
I started on Friday afternoon with a bogey but wasn’t too worried about it. I turned at 3 under par and was crusing along until I came to the hardest hole 13. I preceded to hit a ball in the water and make an unfortunate double. I made one more birdie and finished 2 under. I was pleased with my start since I only had one day of practicing on the greens and after very little sleep from flying home. On Saturday, my fatigue hit me and I had quite a few bogeys on my back and shot 74. I made the cut and went back and fell asleep. On Sunday, I was playing so well and was bogey free going into 18. It’s a par 3 over water and I stood over the ball thinking, I am bogey free, I haven’t done this in a long time. I should have stepped back but instead put a terrible swing right into the water, I lipped out a 7 foot bogey putt and finished 1 under with a very sour taste in my mouth. That double was so costly and I’m frustrated that I let my mind control my swing. Oh well, it’s a learning experience! If you had told me I would finish tied for 20th with 1 under total after the weekend I had, I would have taken it and ran. So after 5 weeks in a row, I had two top 20’s and two top 5’s. Pretty solid and I am right up there in 7th on the money list halfway through the season.
I have decided to devout my time to the Symetra Tour and concentrate finishing in the top 10 at the end of the year rather than using my conditional status to get into LPGA events last minute. It is too stressful and I’m having my best start ever on the Symetra Tour and I think it’s smarter to put my time and energy in one tour rather than two. Although, I’m playing next week for my sponsor invite. A good finish there could change things but for now that’s the game plan!! Thanks for following and see you all in Canada 🙂