It has been a great 2 weeks for me! After class on Wednesday, we left Clemson and headed to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational. Since it had been a couple of weeks since our last event, we were excited to get going. The team put in a lot of practice time into preparing for this tournament so we were excited to start the event.
We battled the rain during our practice round on Thursday but we still got a good feel for the course and felt ready to tee it up again on Friday. I got off to a good start in the first round with one bogey and shot 4-under 68, which was one back of the leader. Even though the team didn’t play great, I was happy with my position going into the weekend. I shot 69 on Day 2 and held the lead by three. Our team played better and we moved up to the top five against a lot of good teams. Day 3 was more of the same weather and I was playing with a lead. I tried not to think about where I stood and just tried to hit fairways and greens. Even though I did not play my best the final day, I was able to birdie a few holes coming in and shot 70, which was good enough for the individual win by four shots and as a team we finished T-5.
One of the things that I have consciously been working on is trying to gain distance off the tee. Even though I was the shortest hitter in my group each day, I saw on that course that I could use it to my advantage. I couldn’t reach a lot of trouble off the tee with the wet conditions, but my landing area was more open off the tee. I was happy with my consistency throughout the tournament. I realized that all of my practice is paying off when I’m able to come down the stretch on the last day with a chance to win. Every experience, either good or bad, is a great way to learn and to improve. That is what competing is all about.
Since I have last blogged, the Spirit International team has been announced and I am happy to say I have been chosen to be a part of it! I am very excited to represent the United States for the fourth time in my career. I will be playing with Ally McDonald, Scottie Scheffler, and Jordon Neibregge. I was excited to get a call from Paige Mckenzie, our captain with an invitation (to play). Paige is a LPGA player and I have been fortunate enough to play and learn some things from her already. I have heard so many great things about the Spirit, which just adds to my excitement about the event!
I am on Fall break right now so I get to go home for a couple of days and spend time with my family and puppy, Hartwell! I will be busy doing some homework and of course, laundry! The team and I are excited for the game against Florida State on Saturday and we will have lots of fun activities going on in Tiger Town this weekend.
Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”