Last week I competed in my first tournament on the Symetra Tour. Without being an impressive showing by any means, it was still a decent week providing a good learning experience.
On the Cactus Tour I have had to compete against about 20 girls with no cut. Now that I have taken the step up the ladder and am part of the Symetra Tour, there are definitely changes to this that I will have to adapt to. It was the first time is many years that I had a cut to make and also had to compete against 144 other players, a number that I am not quite used to either. I still have a lot to learn and experience, but this week was one step in the right direction.
After three days of practice and play I was ready to tee off Friday morning. There were some nerves that I had to get rid of in the first couple of holes, but I seemed to hit it great. I ended up hitting the ball extremely well, but that did me no good, when I didn’t make any putts at all. I hit 15 greens in regulation, 13 of them within 6 yards and didn’t make one single birdie! I finished with a bogey on my last hole for a round in 73. A very frustrating day!
After the first round I worked hard on my putting and was ready to redeem myself on day 2. What I didn’t calculate into the equation was missing two four foot putts on the beginning holes. It was another long day for the putter and a round of 74. It wasn’t what I set out to do, but with a score of +3, I made the cut and was actually very happy to have made it! It was the first tournament of the year on the Symetra Tour, and without being fully prepared I wasn’t really sure what I could expect. Making it to the final day was part of my goal, so even though I hadn’t had the game I wanted to, I was really happy to be playing on Sunday.
On the final day, I really felt good about going out there, attaching the holes and making some birdies. And so I did, but also I didn’t. My front nine was a complete yoyo, up and down. I made some dumb mistakes but also played some great shots. I finally got it more stable on the back and felt like I played well. Right until the 18th hole where I made a double bogey after a trip to the water. It always leaves a bitter taste in your mouth finishing like that, especially when I felt like I had battled well. The score was 75 for the day and I finished my first Symetra Tour tournament tied for 54th.
It was a good learning experience and really fun to see how such a big event is run. My game and scores were nowhere near what I hoped and what I am used to, but nonetheless it was a somewhat decent showing. It was awesome that I all week got to look at my Danish flag, which is displayed among the many other countries represented, just for my sake Huge thanks to my caddie who volunteered for four full days with his entire family to help out at the event! Also big thanks to Florida’s Natural for a good season opener, and for all the great charity work they do.