Player Diary: Alabama's Justin Thomas (Part 2)
What a crazy week it has been since I posted last.
Our week started with the Ping/Golfweek Preview at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple course in Atlanta. We struggled quite a bit as a team finishing T-9. Obviously not anything close to what we expected and wanted as a team. But better now than when we are back there for NCAA Championships.
We were led by my roommate Scott Strohmeyer, who played 3 solid rounds at 2-over-par 212, and finished T-12. It was a great week for him, and only a few shots away from getting a win. Individually, I finished T-26. I felt I was very close to playing great golf, but I just could not get putts to fall or gain any momentum when I needed it. Although I was not happy about my finish, it was great to get a preview of the course for NCAAs in May. As for the team, we all now a lot about the course, and really liked it. It’s an unbelievable course and was in spectacular shape. I definitely enjoyed playing it.
Alabama’s golf season continues next week as we play in our host tournament the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala. It will be a great field as always and is an awesome course so we always look forward to that tournament.
Soon after arriving back from Atlanta, I had to pack my bags and get everything ready for Turkey. I was fortunate enough to be chosen for the World Amateur Team Championship (WATC) to represent the United States along with the world’s No. 1-ranked amateur Chris Williams (Washington), and U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox (Chattanooga). It was a very long, 10-and-a-half-hour flight from Dulles to Istanbul, but sitting in business class I was like a kid in a candy store playing with the reclining seat and TV. I hope I didn’t embarrass my teammates too badly.
In the WATC 72 countries compete against one another, with countries bringing 2-3 of their best players. We are very excited to see how we can do against the world’s best. It will be a great learning experience for all of us, and it is truly an honor to be chosen for the team.
The week has been awesome so far, as the main challenge for Chris, Steven, and myself is finding a meal that we are all accustomed to. We do have an ice cream bar at our hotel, so we have seemed to find our way there about every night.
Hopefully everybody back home can cheer us on as we try to get the United States a ‘W’ against the best amateur teams in the world.
And even from Turkey, Roll Tide!