I just returned home to Georgia after an amazing three weeks of golf in Florida. I had some awesome experiences playing in four women amateur events that included playing 17 tournament rounds in 20 days. I have never played that much golf in a row without at least a day off. This was good practice for me since I already know my summer schedule will be just as hectic. It also gave me a look at what tour players go through playing three to four weeks in a row.
After the Harder Hall, my mom, Shannon Aubert and I drove to the Sally (South Atlantic Amateur Championship) in Ormond Beach, Fla. We stayed with a great host family again which I really enjoy. It is nice to get to know people in the communities where we are playing and see how much they enjoy being part of the tournaments. After realizing my lack of distance off the tee was a big issue in my previous two events, I had a new PING driver sent to me with a lower 9.5 loft. This helped me gain a little more distance into the wind and was a factor in my lower scores. I finished fifth shooting 72-73-72-69–286, 2-under-par. Although it was not my best golf, I was proud that this made 12 rounds in a row with scores between 69-74. I felt like I was close to shooting much lower scores, but the consistency means my hard work is paying off. Shannon played great shooting 8-under-par and finished second. She is one of my best friends and she is always there to encourage and support me. We compete against each other, but we always root for each other too.
From the Sally, my mom and I drove back down to Ft. Lauderdale for the Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur. I played an 18-hole qualifier and the field was cut to 32 for match play. I was seeded 10th after a disappointing 75 and won my first match against Jordana Graham 6 and 5. My second match against Hannah McCook was tough. It went 19 holes after I lost a 3 up lead on the back nine. My body started to ache and fatigue set in, but I was able to battle through it and get a win. I beat Marisa Messana 6 and 5 in the quarterfinals before losing 4 and 2 to Mika Liu in the semi finals. Although my head was ready to keep playing, my body was in bad need of rest. Pacing myself through that kind of stretch of golf was a new experience for me.
I did have one very big disappointment during my Florida golf trip. I was supposed to play in the Annika Invitational as my last event, but after making it to the semifinals of the Jones/Doherty that impossible, but I do not think my body could have withstood three more tournament rounds without rest. The Annika is one of my favorite tournaments and I will not be eligible to compete there anymore. I accelerated my studies when I was in middle school so I am graduating a year earlier than other girls my age. That means I get to enjoy college golf a year earlier, but I also miss out on an extra year of junior golf. One of my goals yet to be fulfilled is to win an AJGA Invitational. I am looking forward to at least one more opportunity at the Thunderbird Invitational in May. I also missed out on accepting my award for being named the 2012 Georgia State Golf Association Girls player of the year. I am very honored and proud to have won that award for the second year in a row. I shared the award last year with Mariah Stackhouse.
I have prepared a new training plan for the spring to get ready for this summer’s events and also the Kathy Whitworth Invitational in March. I look forward to sharing some of it with you in my next post.
I’m very grateful for all of the support I have received from my family, friends and coaches. They play a huge role in my life and I’m thankful for all of their kind and motivating words.
“You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose.” – Gordie Howe