These last two weeks have definitely been in the name of the Comeback, first in Syracuse and later in Albany New York.
The week after Concord, New Hampshire the trip went to Syracuse where I ended up having a pretty decent week. I shot rounds of 69-72-70 (-2) and finished tied for 15th overall, which was a good week coming off a slow start in Concord. The scores were good, but it was more the way the last two rounds ended, that made it a great comeback for me. In the second round I had a bad start and was 4 over par after just 6 holes. I kept missing birdies and it wasn’t until the 16th that it turned around. I ended the round with birdies on 16th, 17th and 18th to get my round down to a 72. Similarly on my last round I got off to a bad start but on the back-9 I got hot and with a birdie, eagle, and birdie on the 11th 13th and 14th hole my round ended I one under 70.
It was a good week, and I knew if I could just be better at eliminating mistakes I would be in good shape. Therefore, it was with high expectations that I entered last week’s tournament in Albany. But to start off with I was brutally wrong. I had an afternoon tee time in the extreme heat, and whether it was the heat that got to me or my own expectations, I just was completely off that day. My focus was not good at all, and the tournament ‘switch’ I normally am really good about turning on, was on ‘off’ the whole day. I started off snapping my drive OB on the first hole and carded a double bogey, a couple more bogeys on the back-9 made me feel really hopeless and I kind of gave up a little in the end when nothing went my way.
The score was 6 over par 77 and I was a long way away from the cut line. I was really upset with myself and went home to pack a few things, as it looked like I would get home a little earlier than expected. However, I have not missed a cut so far this season and I was not about to make this my first one!
A nearly flawless round followed the catastrophe the day earlier and I shot a great round of 4 under par – to make the cut on the number!! I was so happy with myself and the comeback I just made. All along I knew my game was there, but Fridays round made it hard to see. Once again though, I really proved to myself that you should never give up. On Sunday I was even happier with myself as I was able to follow up on my great round the day before. The wind was blowing hard and made the course tough. Despite this I was hitting the ball great and carded a round of 3 under par. This moved me all the way up tied for 26th overall in the tournament, and I just took a jump of 104 spots over two days!! What an ending
After that horrible opening round I was able to turn it completely around and actually get a decent result out of it. I learned a lot this last week and now just have to try and keep the focus where it needs to be. My game is looking good and if I can eliminate and bad numbers then I am right up there on the leader board.
I am halfway through the six weeks stretch of tournaments and excited to continue on the road. Next stop South Bend, Indiana.