Early departure from NC

Early departure from NC

I went to North Carolina with a great feeling of the week to come, but ended up withdrawing for the first time ever in 14 years of playing golf.

The week before leaving to North Carolina I had worked really hard on the game and was finally getting to a point in my swing changes where I felt comfortable and good about my ball striking. The day before leaving for Las Vegas for a two day pro-am I went to the gym like normally. Coming from Denmark and Florida the week before however, I hadn’t been able to work out as much as I used to. Whether it was the increased practice, the few weeks off my normal workout routine, or something else I don’t know. But while I was doing an exercise my lower back suddenly gave out.

After the gym I struggled to simply walk and packing for the trip took me all day, but eventually I went on my way. I was able to play the two rounds in Las Vegas and felt like the back slowly got better as the days went by. I then got on the long flight to North Carolina and had a short practice day before round one. I was hurting more in the morning but with lots of pain medication I made it through round one and was actually striking the ball really well. When I woke up on the day of round two however, I could hardly move. Every move I made shot pain down in my lower back and I knew I was in trouble. I went to range after a little treatment and no matter how much it hurt I wanted to give it a shot and see how it would go on the course. Three holes in I knew it was useless and I could hardly rotate and swing the club.

Luckily I have never had to deal with many injuries, but this was a case where I had to listen to my body and call it quits. I went to further treatment, and after a few days of relaxing the chiropractors treating me came to the realization that it was a swelling in my disc and that playing golf the following week would be a bad idea. Armed with that information I booked a flight home to Arizona and had to withdraw from the next week’s tournament in Asheville, NC.

Now I have been back in Arizona for a week and have been in treatment. However, it is not going as fast as I had hoped, but still keeping my fingers crossed that I will be back on the course soon. Also, I just got back from an awesome four days in Las Vegas, where I was supposed to play in my sponsor’s big pro-am ‘Coaches vs. Cancer’. Not being able to play on the two amazing courses Shadow Creek and Southern Highlands, I had to settle with driving around and meeting new people. A good trip nonetheless. Check out pictures of the trip on my facebook page ‘Therese Koelbaek Golf’ :)

So frustrating not being able to play golf, but I am following instructions and looking forward to I can start playing again.