Player diary: Bethany Wu (Part 5)
For my first blog of 2014, I have big news! Last week, I played in the AJGA Annika Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. I shot 9-under 207 (68-68-71) to win by eight shots. That week went by so fast that it didn’t really sink in that I won until after the tournament. Honestly, I shocked myself because the week before the tournament, I was hitting shots left and right, and I really was just hoping for maybe a top-10 finish. On the final day, there was a fog delay, which sort of got me off pace with my morning routine for a tournament. I was 3-over through five holes, and my lead was down to one shot. I was so nervous because the other girls were making birdies and catching up, but after I parred the sixth, it all went back to normal. It was such a crazy week that when my final putt dropped, I took a huge sigh of relief because it was finally all over.
Annika was there to give me a hug and congratulate me as I walked off the 18th green, and my best friend, Andrea Lee, was there also for a big bear hug. It’s always fun and an honor to play in Annika’s event. We all look forward to playing it every year because Annika is a legend, an extraordinary player and a great person. We’re so thankful that she takes time of her own to do the clinic for us and to come out to the tournament every day. I just wanted to thank the AJGA again for running the tournament. I love the AJGA, and they’re truly like my second family. Also, a huge thank you to Annika for hosting the tournament. She’s been a role model to all of us, and we’re so thankful for such a great host like her.
Now that the Annika is over, it’s officially the “off-season” for me! My next tournament will likely be the Thunderbird International Junior in late May. These next couple of months will give me more time to concentrate on school and to improve my game. I learned last week at Annika’s clinic that we should practice our weaknesses, so if you’re ever wondering what I’m practicing, you’ll find me at the chipping green! So, until next time...
Whistles go Wu Wu!