I’m in San Antonio right now, and washing my hands every two seconds because I’m scared of the Swine Flu! (Mother’s orders). I’m so excited about my tournament last week in Brownsville, Texas because I finally played well enough to be in the LAST group on Sunday! I hate to sound like a rookie, but having a teenage boy carry a scoreboard down the fairway with my name on it was the coolest thing ever!
First off…I’m renaming this Duramed Futures Event “The British Open” because the winds gusts were 30 mph all week long! On Friday and Saturday, I scrambled more than “IHOP” to keep my score around par. My dad helped me with my putting that week; we worked on moving my shoulders and arms at the same time so my hands stay in “the middle” throughout the putting stroke. It worked so well! Now we like to say, “stay in the middle, and you’ll rise to the top!” We’re total dorks, I know…
This was the first time this season playing in the final group so mentally I had to prepare myself. I think that golf is 90% mental and 50% physical. You may call me dumb, but the competition is so stiff you have to play your game at like 140% to win one of these things! I really wasn’t nervous, I actually felt excited because I thought this was my chance to really shine! So I woke up that morning and told myself to go out there and kick, scratch, and even throw an elbow for every single stroke. I knew if I played to my top potential that this could be my week. Let’s say that I was a little pumped up!
Aaaaaaand…..I played like crap….
Okay… turns out I didn’t need to pump myself up anymore than I naturally was already going to be. I think the first clue was when I went 10 yards OVER the first green! Way to go, Tiger, haha! Although my score was high, I definitely had some really memorable moments. After a tough front nine, I made an incredible birdie on 10 to put myself back at the top of the leader board. I can still remember the roar from the crowd! We ended up having up to 100 people watching at times, and I felt like the crowd was really pulling for me, what a feeling…I had the greatest time tipping my hat, throwing some winks, and even pulling out a few birdies dances here or there. I wanted to make sure everyone watching was having just as much fun as I was out there.
Sure, I was disappointed with my play…who wouldn’t be? But I’m going pick myself (maybe cheer myself up with a few Oprah Magazines, works like a charm) and focus on next week. You know what they say, “a bad day on the golf course is always better than a good day at work.” I sure have the greatest job in the world, and I’m not ready to get down on myself just yet.
I not only made 22nd place this week, but was also awarded the feeling of confidence that I have the ability to grab a trophy this year! This week I’m going to work on a SOLID pre-shot routine and keep it the same no matter if I’m teeing off first or last. That’s my plan and I’m stickin’ to it! Wish me luck and I can’t wait to talk to you soon!
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