Another Top-10 at Home Tournament

Another Top-10 at Home Tournament

Therese made a good effort at defending her title in this year’s UNLV Spring Invitational, finishing tied for 7th in a field of 85. Marking the last home tournament in her college career, she was determined to make the best of it and¬†although her putter had a will of its own, Therese recognized a lot of good things about her game.

All tournaments are special, but this one particularly so. Having won the event last year Therese had a lot of expectations to live up to, but more than that this was her home tournament, and as a college senior the last one. No doubt a lot to think of, standing at first tee on the familiar Boulder Creek Golf Course. Therese recollects:

“I went out there to have a good time and enjoy playing on home turf for the last time at UNLV. Of course I wanted to play well and do good, but as it turned out my putter was ice-cold. I played really well out there with my irons, hitting a lot of greens and giving myself ample birdie opportunities, but unfortunately this did not convert to birdies which was very frustrating.”

The lack of holed puts resulted in rounds of 70-73-71 (-1) and a finished tied for 7th, which on a course as birdie-friendly as Boulder Creek left Therese nine shots behind the winners. But weather conditions certainly made things more interesting for everyone. Unlike most other weekends in Las Vegas, calm weather a clear sky were not the words coming out of the local weatherman.

“It was very windy out there the first two days, which was definitely a challenge. However, it is still a course with a lot of birdie opportunities. On the last day we finally got to see Vegas weather like it is supposed to be, which was a nice ending to the tournament.”, she continues.

Despite this and an unwilling putter, Therese kept her calm and in the end made her 6th consecutive top-10 finish in college tournaments, which goes to show the tremendous progress she has made over the last couple of years while playing for UNLV. Looking back on the tournament, she concludes:

“I was definitely not satisfied with the way I finished considering the shots I hit. I felt like I played far better than the score reflected, but of course it is hard to shoot low when no putts will go in. I am very pleased with my long game though, and now I just have to work on my putting and hopefully I will be ready to shoot low in Hawaii next week. Here I have heard the wind can be quite hard, so this week has been a good preparation for that tournament.”