Monday, July 1, 2013

Highest Finish... Even Better Coming

Sunday at the Tour's United Leasing Championship at Victoria National Golf Club was a long day! I teed off at 11:10 in absolutely beautiful weather. The temperatures were very mild for this time of year and the wind was as light as it had been all week. After solid play through the first three holes netted just three pars, I jumpstarted my round with some quality shots and one great putt to birdie holes 4, 5, and 6. I settled back down with pars on 7 and 8 and then a disappointing par on the reachable par-5 9th. Still, I was three under par and playing very nicely. Standing on the tenth tee, the weather took a dramatic turn for the worse. It started to pour down rain, and the officials suspended play. We thought it might be a quick passing shower, but soon realized that pop up thunderstorms were forming all around us. For a while it looked like the final round might actually be cancelled. After nearly four hours of sitting, waiting, and watching, we were told to go warm up because play would resume at five minutes after five o'clock. We warmed up in the rain, but as we headed back to our position on the golf course, the rain relented and we actually had very pleasant skies the remainder of the day. The golf course was soggy but held up surprisingly well. I returned to the tenth tee a little bit nervy and uncomfortable, but I was determined to stay in my routine and trust myself. I swung the club beautifully the entire rest of the day. Though I birdied hole 12 and then hit two quality shots on 13 to give myself another great look at birdie, I couldn't get a run going on my back nine. Two small blunders with the putter led to two dropped shots over my final five holes, but I actually played quite solidly during that stretch. The end result was a final-round 70 (-2), and a tie for 9th place finish.

That is my best finish thus far on the Tour, and I know that I can do better. I made some very uncharacteristic big mistakes this week--see the triple bogey and two double bogeys--and I feel like I am continuing to improve. I drove the ball beautifully on a tough driving course, and my putter did finally heat up a little bit this week, but I know that I can be better from short range on the greens. All-in-all, though, I feel absolutely great about my game and know that I am continuing to improve. I'll continue to say my signature line: great things are coming!

The Tour has this week off and then heads to Utah. I'll be there, and I'm pumped about it! I'm going to have a relaxing but thorough week of work, and I'll be ready to play well in Utah next week. Keep it here for updates along the way! Thank you for following me and supporting my career.


  1. Way to go- watched for you on tv but missed it if they showed you. Good luck the rest of the season.

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