With the momentum of a top-ten finish in California, I was eager to get back into competition and it was fun to be close to home and playing in the Southeast for those three weeks.
I was excited to return to Sarasota because I finished well there last year and really liked the course. It is a very challenging course, designed by Donald Ross. The turtleback greens are a distinctive feature of a Donald Ross course. Everything sloped away from the hole and if you missed the green you had a very difficult up and down. I played really consistently there and came in tied for 8th place.
The following week I was in Milton, GA playing at Atlanta National. I was invited to play in the ProAm and had fun with our group. The ProAm Party was held at The Top Golf facilities in Alpharetta. This is an unique, festive venue with various golf games, music, food and drinks.
During the tournament I felt like I played well, but was not able to covert many birdies. Unfortunately, I missed the cut there, but I was able to return home and put in some good practice the Greenwood Tournament. Glad to have my Dad on my bag this week and the next.
Week Seven was in Greenwood, SC at Stoney Point for the first “major” of the year. It is a four-day event with a $200,000 purse. I was excited to return to Greenwood because in addition to having one of the biggest purses, the atmosphere there is so nice. The community always rallies behind the event and makes the players feel welcome.
I wanted to have a conservative game plan going into the first round because the course can play tough if you get aggressive on some of the greens.
I was able to stick to my plan and make some putts which put me into contention going into the final round.
I had a lot of birdies but also some bogeys, and, therefore, I was not able to catch the lead. I ended up coming in tied for 6th with six under par for the tournament and am happy with my finish.
During my two weeks off I will be traveling to Butler, PA to try to qualify for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open in a one-day 36-hole event. Next up, Albany, NY and then a month in the East North Central States (Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan).