For the first tournament of this year, the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, I had the first tee time (7:05am) on Thursday of the tournament. Warmed up mostly in the dark and I was ready to go! I had Travis on the bag, my In-Laws; Stan and Margaret Stoelting and good friend, Michelle Marx there to root me on. First hole I hit what I thought was a perfect hybrid to find out I had too much club and flew the green. Maybe adrenaline, maybe a miss-club. 2 holes later I three-putt for a bogey. 2 over after 3 to start my year. Whoops! I proceeded to birdie 3 holes before making the turn until a bad swing caused a bogey on 12. Even par with 5 holes to play. Come to a long up-hill par 3 and mistake after mistake with a 3 putt on top left me with a triple bogey. All of that hard work washed down the drain. I stayed with my game and birdied 2 holes coming in but faltered on the last with a bogey. I shot 2 over for my first round but still felt positive about my game. I had a few unforced errors and one really bad hole. I still had a great mindset with the second day knowing the course was producing really low scores and I knew that I could do the same.
Unfortunately, I became very ill with what I think was food poisoning that night at dinner. I was up all night very sick and wasn’t sure how I was going to make it through the second round. Thankfully I had an afternoon tee time, but I was still not doing very well when it was time to play. I have never withdrawn from a tournament and this was the first time in my professional career that I really gave it some thought. I decided to give it a try and fight through it. If anything, this was going to be a good learning experience and see how I can fight through sickness on the golf course. I walked pretty slow to my ball and was hitting the ball about a club less than normal. I was 3 over through 12 holes when I finally managed to make a birdie on 13. This was the first time in about 20 hours that I felt a little less queasy. I made 2 more birdies coming in to shoot even par. After the night I had, I was proud of my round and learned a lot about myself. It was an unfortunate missed cut but I’m still feeling great about my game.