Rookie diary: Rain, rain, go away
This season on the Ladies European Tour could be described in one word: RAINY!
As I sit in the hotel lobby in Spain and watch the thunderstorms roll through, I’ll tell you all about how things have been for me in the last few months.
This is my seventh week straight of playing an event, six of which were in Europe, and one was the LPGA Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore. I played in Ireland and Wales, and then planned on spending a relaxing week off in Ireland before the next four weeks in Finland, Austria, France and Spain, but I found out at the last minute that I got in the Portland LPGA event and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play. So I flew across nine time zones and played in Portland, then flew back 10 time zones to play in Finland.
Blackwelder’s Rookie Diary
Ever wonder what life is like for an LPGA rookie? Well, Mallory Blackwelder is here to tell you. Blackwelder, 22, will file a weekly diary on Golfweek.com to give you an insider’s view of life on the LPGA, LET and Duramed Futures Tour. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/MalBlackwelder.
I played solid in Portland but had a few bad holes and missed the cut by two. It was a positive week though because my mom came out to the tournament and we worked hard on my golf swing. After that, I had pretty good finishes in Finland, Austria and France, and now I’m sitting in Spain watching it rain! Today’s round got completely cancelled, so the tournament will only be 54 holes.
I think that at every LET event so far this season (except Morocco and Turkey) there has been rain. Someone here said it hadn’t rained in three months until we got here, and now it is pouring. Seems like the LET is cursed with bad weather!
As I look back on the last two months, I have seen a lot of positive things happen in my game. I’m playing solid golf and my confidence is high. Being the seventh straight week though, I’ve noticed that I’m getting mentally tired. In the first round here it was like I just wasn’t ready to play in the beginning. I started off 4 over through my first five, and finished the day at 4 over. Last week in Paris I did the same thing and was 3 over after four and then finished at 2 over for the day.
I will need a good round tomorrow to make the cut and then hope for another low one on Sunday to have a decent week. This course is very scoreable as long as you keep the ball in play, so it should be fine.
I have really learned a lot in this first year on tour and I am really glad that I have been able to travel over here in Europe while learning to play professional golf. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
My plans for the rest of the year are a little bit up in the air, but I am going to try to Monday qualify for the Navistar LPGA event in Prattville, Ala., and then I am most likely going to go over to Asia and play in at least two more LET events that are co-sanctioned with some of the Asian tours.
They have back to back events in Sanya and Shanghai, China, and then they go to Korea and India. If I play all four, that would only give me two weeks off before final stage of LPGA Q-School, and with that much traveling I think I would be a little bit too tired.
All I am focused on right now is playing well the rest of this weekend and then trying to get in the LPGA event in Alabama, and then I will see what happens from there!