I had a very busy week in Longwood starting out with a Big Break viewing party in downtown Orlando with past Big Break contestants and friends on the Symetra tour. It was a lot of fun and nice of past Big Breakers to come and watch! ‘
I had my first practice round on Tuesday and quickly saw that Alaqua CC was tight with lots of water and very small greens. The course favored good ball strikers. I played with my friends Sara and Haley and we played a fun match. Even though it was our first time playing the course, playing a match helped us concentrate and play for something (just bragging rights) than just hitting shots and going through the motions.
On Wednesday, I went to the Orlando Solar Bears hockey game at the Amway Center with a few other Symetra tour girls. We started out the hockey game on the ice and did a fun putting challenge in the middle of the rink into the net. I was glad to have my Canadian friend Sara there to explain all of the hockey terms for me. It was a lot of fun and afterwards we met a few players.
On Thursday, I played in a proam with Geoff Russel from Golf Channel and we are proud to say we beat the other Golf Channel teams of Matt Ginella and Rex Hoggard (bragging rights!) it was a lot of fun and it was a great team effort along with out other two amateurs.
I had an afternoon tee time on Friday and I started out with 2 bogeys on my first 3 holes which were relatively easy holes. I felt in a daze and was just going through the motions. Travis was caddying and told me to wake up, it’s the first round! I played steady on the first 9 after that and reached the tenth hole 2 over. 10 is a very tight hole and is reachable if you can take advantage of a good tee shot. I had to hit a 3 wood off the tee so I didn’t reach trouble, but then hit another 3 wood to about 15 feet and then drained the eagle putt! That makes my second eagle of the year.
I normally can’t reach par 5’s in 2 but this year I have reached par 5’s in 2 in 3 of 4 tournaments. I’m liking this new length I have off the tee and with my 3 wood! I then birdied 2 of my next 3 holes and then bogeyed my 17th to shoot one under 70. Not a bad first round but not great. However it put me in great position for the weekend. On Saturday, I had a great round going and was 2 under for my round when the rain started coming. I bogeyed my 11th hole in the rain and thunder when they pulled us off the course for the day.
We didn’t finish our round until Sunday late morning. It was really hard to prepare to play only 7 holes with 80 girls warming up on only 15 range spots. Not to mention it was cold and very windy. My first hole back out I striped my drive down the middle and found myself in a huge divot. I had to hit my approach over water and sand and found myself in the bunker. Bogey. No big deal, just a bad break.
The next hole was a par 5 into the wind and I hit a decent drive but had a mud ball (we didn’t play lift clean and place except two holes) I wasn’t sure how the ball was going to react so I laid up and when I hit my ball it faded and wobbled way right, hitting a cart path bouncing out of bounds by 6 inches. Double bogey and another bad break. I calmed down and played the next few holes with pars. They had us play 16 and 17 lift clean and place and only playing 7 holes, 2 of them being par 3s, I totally forgot that 18 wasn’t lift clean and place and I picked my ball up. One stroke penalty. I made a 10 footer for par (bogey with the penalty) and signed my scorecard for 3 over 74. I went from tied for 8th to tied for 35th in the matter of 7 holes with 3 penalty strokes. I was so upset and shocked at what had just happened. It was just a day of horrible luck and the only positive I could see was that thankfully I only had to play 7 holes. I spent the afternoon shopping at Ikea and hanging out with my husband and parents. I still had another round to play well.
This was our second Monday finish of the season in only 4 starts. If this shows what is to come, we are in for a long summer!! I didn’t hit the ball well in the final round and finished with a 2 over par 73. On my back nine I only had 11 putts and that included two one putt bogeys. I finished tied for 40th overall. The first half of the tournament I was in the hunt and in the second half, I felt like I couldn’t hit a solid approach shot. I learned a lot and am now back at home working on my game and ball striking. If anything, I have found that my bad rounds are getting better. I worked hard on my off season with my putting. I am using a new Ping putter and using Aimpoint to read putts. I am really liking my results as I am averaging only 29 putts per round. If I can keep it under 30 putts per round, I know I can win out here!
I hope you enjoyed last Monday’s episode of Big Break. I felt like I hit some clutch shots on that show! There is no show this week due to the Masters but we are back on next Monday at 9pm. I am home now for a few weeks off until I leave for 9 out of 10 weeks on the road! Thanks for following!