I played very well in round 2 of the Egolf Tour's Championship at Wintergreen on Thursday. I hit the ball beautifully and felt comfortable most of the day on my way to a ten-birdie round of 63. That round pushed my 36-hole total to 13 under par for the week and has me two shots clear of the field heading into the weekend. I am very exited to be in this position and am going to enjoy myself very much the next two days. If I can stay relaxed and comfortable, it will be a great weekend. I'm going to do it! Come back to hear the good news each of the next two days. Thank you for following me, and check out the live results at www.egolfprofessionaltour.com.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I began the tournament with birdies on each of the first four holes and six of the first eight. It was an incredibly good start, but unfortunately I couldn't keep it going. I was very balky with the putter during the middle of my round and made a number of bogeys on short missed putts. I continued to hit the ball well, however, and am proud of the fact that I birdied two of my final three holes to get my round back to four under par and post an opening 68. It was a wild day, but all in all, I feel great about my game.
I've got the putter straightened out, and I'm going to play well in round 2. Come back for a good report on Thursday evening!
Monday, June 25, 2012
I am moving on quickly, too. Prior to competing on Monday, I had decided that I would be at peace with a week off if I didn't succeed in this Monday Qualifier. As daylight was fading on Monday, however, I was trying to swallow another close call and I decided that I was going to hit the road and play in this week's Egolf Tour event in Virginia. I am currently at a hotel in Lexington, KY, and will catch a good night's sleep here on my way to the Wintergreen Resort. I will get there in time to have a leisurely and relaxed practice round on Tuesday evening before beginning the tournament on Wednesday.
I am still very encouraged and feeling great about my game. I believe that I am ready to compete at the Nationwide Tour level, but I still need to achieve some things on the mini-tours. I'm pumped to get back after it this week. Keep it here for updates throughout the week. Thank you for following me!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
As I warmed up in the heavy winds on Monday morning, I felt good and just knew that I was going to have a good day. Then the first hole happened. I hit two good shots to set up a decent look at birdie on the opening hole (definitely one of the easiest on the course) and then proceeded to let the wind mess with my head (my fault, not the wind's) on the green as I three putted from just 25 feet for a bogey. Then the second hole happened. Hitting straight into the wind on the medium length par-4, I mishit my drive quite a bit, but got it going down the fairway. I knew that I hadn't hit the ball solidly, but I was unpleasantly surprised to find that I needed to hit a three wood into the green for my second shot. Standing over my second shot into the second hole with a three wood in my hand, I thought for a split second that I might not be able to break 80 given the conditions. I backed off of the shot when that thought crossed my mind and really committed myself to playing one shot at a time and having a smart plan for each and every shot. I went on to par number two and then played some really great golf the rest of the day. I made a lot of pars and hovered around even par for the day through 11 holes. A bogey at the par-3 12th moved me to one over par, but I was determined to stick with my plan. Great birdies at holes 13 and 14 got me to one under par, and I stayed there with pars on 15, 16, and 17. The eighteenth hole is a long par 5 that features a fairly tight fairway for the tee shot and a very difficult and water-guarded green. I smoked a drive right down the middle of the fairway, and then hit one of the most courageous shots I can remember for my second. With water protecting the right side and front of the green and a very strong wind coming off of my right, I aimed my second shot 10 yards into the pond and hit a perfect shot with my hybrid club that rode the wind to the left and finished just short and left of the green in the fairway. From there, I hit a perfect chip to a difficult back right hole location and rolled my four-foot birdie putt right in the middle of the hole. I was in incredibly proud of the shots that I hit on the 18th hole, and was quite pleased overall with my round. I ended the day with a two-under-par 70.
Apparently some players handled the wind a bit better than I did. I was pumped with my score and felt like it was good enough to qualify, but I ended up in a six man playoff for two spots in the tournament field. I failed to birdie the par-4 first in the playoff, and two of my fellow competitors did make birdies, so my Monday Qualifier ended in disappointment. I'm a bit in shock honestly, but I'm still very proud of the performance that I put forward. Despite being a bit shaky early, all areas of my game seemed to be working nicely down the stretch. That is great news, and I can't wait to build on that.
I don't have to wait too long. Next week the Nationwide Tour is having an event in Evansville, Indiana, and I will be playing in the Monday Qualifier for it as well. For now, though, I need to focus on having a good week of practice. Last week during the Egolf event, I had one of my most efficient and productive weeks of practice that I can remember. I finished every single one of my tournament-week process goals last week, and I am going to get after the non-tournament-week list in the next few days. I will get them done this week. My game is in good shape, but it is just going to keep improving.
Thank you for following! Keep it here for practice reports and a look at what is coming up next!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I felt good heading into the final round of this week's Egolf event. I was two shots behind the leader and was relaxed and confident. I made a birdie on the opening hole and then gave myself three really good looks at birdies on numbers two, three, and four, but couldn't get any of them to fall. I continued to hit the ball very well through the middle of the round but was definitely pressing a little bit on the greens and didn't hit a lot of good putts. I never missed any short putts, but I had a lot of 8 to 15 foot looks for birdies and made none of them. My putting practice was great all week, so I know that I just needed to be a little more relaxed on the greens in the tournament. Then, after hitting the ball beautifully all day and most of the week, I made a mess of the par-5 15th hole. A drive in the left rough and a couple of crummy wedge shots led to a bogey. I was disappointed and a bit rattled, but I kept it together and birdied the last two holes to post a final-round of two-under-par 69 and finished tied for 4th. That is another good finish and it was a very solid week, but I am going to break through with something big soon!
Speaking of breakthroughs, I'm in the airport in Nashville, TN, heading to Wichita, KS, for the Monday Qualifier for the Nationwide Tour event there this week. Come back for more news about that Sunday night. Thank you for keeping up with me and for your support!
Friday, June 15, 2012
I will head into Saturday's final round in a five-way tie for second place, two shots behind the leader. I have been in contention quite a few times heading into the final round of tournaments lately, and I definitely know what to expect and what I need to be thinking. I'm going to try my hardest to have an intelligently aggressive plan on every single shot but then just relax and execute fearlessly when it's time to pull the trigger. There is a fine line between trying too hard and being careless mentally. I have erred on both sides of that line in the past, but I know that I am learning and I feel like I am close to getting it right. This final round will be another challenge, but I am very much looking forward to it. It is going to be a fun day.
In addition to the exciting finale to this week's tournament, I have a lot of good things in the near future. I'll explain more later, but just so you know, I'll be high-tailing it to Nashville, TN when I finish the Egolf event on Saturday. I am going to catch a 6:15 flight Sunday morning to Kansas City so that I can get out to Wichita, Kansas, to play the Monday qualifier for next week's Nationwide Tour event. I'll give more details about that trip and the next couple weeks soon.
For now, I'm ready to put the finishing touches on a great week here on the Egolf Tour. I won't have time to give much of an explanation after tomorrow's final round, but I'll drop a quick line or two on here when it's over. It could be some really great news! Come back to check it out, and definitely come back on Sunday for a summary of the week and a look at the excitement in Wichita. Thank you for following me!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I am ready to have a consistently good week. After some excitingly good play in April, I have been making a few too many mistakes at random times during rounds to really get anything truly exciting going here lately, but I still feel like I am performing at a very high level. I am going to continue my year-long effort to stay extremely relaxed on the course and not get consumed with the results while I'm playing, but I am going to try to amp up my focus a little bit this week and not let myself hit any mentally sloppy shots. I know that I will execute poorly from time to time, but I think if I can be fully committed to a good plan on every shot that I can eliminate some of the mistakes that have been creeping in lately. I am ready to play well. Keep it here for good news from Wednesday's opening round. Thank you very much for following me!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The scenery in this picture is one of the many highlights from a weekend of fun with my family. This particular picture is of the Little Pigeon River in the Smokey Mountains just before my dad, sister, and I set off down it in a kayak. That is one of my favorite things to do!
In addition to lots of fun with my family, I did some good work this weekend. Solid workouts both days helped me to finish my fitness goals for the week, and though I didn't even come close to marking off all of my practice goals for the week, I did have a couple of short but efficient sessions working on my game over the weekend. Like I said in my last post, I'll excuse my shortcomings this week, but I am going to really emphasize my process goals moving forward and get them done every week.
This week I'm playing in the Egolf event at Sapona Country Club. The tournament starts Wednesday, and I will be ready to go. Keep it here for reports along the way and to hear about the exciting things that are coming up next. Thank you for following!
Friday, June 8, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I still owe you a thorough update, but for now I just want to say that I didn't give the performance for which I was looking at US Open Sectional Qualifying on Monday. Playing at Woodmont Country Club in very demanding conditions, I failed to break par in either round and posted scores of 74 and 73 for a three-over-par total. One under par was the qualifying score. I felt really comfortable at the beginning of the day and really think that I have the game to play at the highest level, but I just didn't execute very well on Monday. There was nothing tragically wrong, though, and I'm still very confident that great things are coming. Come back in the next day or two for a full report of what is happening and a look at what the next few weeks hold. Thank you for following and for your support!
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Speaking of great things, I have sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open on Monday. I will be onsite at Woodmont Country Club for preparations on Sunday and will be ready to go for the 36-hole marathon on Monday. Come back for a full report of the practice day and preview of the qualifier on Sunday evening. Thank you for following me and for your support!
Friday, June 1, 2012
I felt decent at times during Saturday's third round of the Egolf event at Rock Barn. I had some birdie opportunities in the first half of my round, but never capitalized and opened the round with 10 consecutive pars. The last eight holes, however, were anything but boring. Good birdies on the second and fourth holes (my 11th and 13th) got me to two under par for the day, but I quickly gave both shots back with sloppy bogies at holes five and six. I closed the day well, however, as I hit a lot of quality shots and birdied holes 7, 8, and 9 to shoot a three-under-par round of 69. I moved up a little bit on the leaderboard and put myself in position where a good final round can really do something for me. I need to play a good solid round from start to finish, and I think I'm ready to do just that. Round four is going to be good! Come back for a tournament report and more information soon!
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