Second at Rancho Bernardo

Second at Rancho Bernardo

Another solid performance for Therese put her tied for 2nd despite a tough playing field. This year’s Battle at Rancho Bernardo was a highly profiled tournament involving many of the best players in women college golf and proved, that Therese can compete with the absolute top.

California, Hawaii, Nevada and then back to California. The last four weeks have been packed with competitive golf; – but rather than wearing her down, the challenges seems to have had a profound effect on Therese’s game. Poised with the confidence that comes from seven consecutive top-10 finishes she took on The Battle of Rancho Bernardo with her usual grace, and finished tied for 2nd in a tournament sporting nine of the best 20 players in USA.

“This has been a really good tournament for me. I had a goal of finishing top-5 for the tournament, but wasn’t expecting to be playing for the title before the last round. I played really well throughout the tournament and was able to produce a lot of birdies”, Therese explains.

Her way to the top-3 finish came through rounds of 72-70-73 (-1), which made her one of only three players in the 96-player lineup to finish under par. The tough 6336-yard Championship Golf Course combined with wind and hard rain had everyone working for their tuitions, and the ability to keep your cool was quickly rewarded on the scorecard. Therese recollects:

“The first day was tough with a lot of wind on the back nine, and it got even worse in second round because it also rained a lot; we had to stop play for about half an hour during the round, because greens and fairways were getting flooded. Luckily we stayed dry in the third round with only a little wind picking up during the round. It was a lot of fun being able to hit my irons that well and at the same time make a lot of putts, finally feeling confident with my putter.We entered the tournament as the third lowest ranked college team, but ended up in 10th place out of 17, beating a lot of higher ranked colleges.”

Apart from being another personal achievement for Therese, her college UNLV’s team finish was also crucial in qualifying for the first division’s Regional Championships – the annual playoff in college golf. Whatever the outcome, she is happy to have finished this marathon of tournaments on a high, and looks forward a some much needed break:

“While it has been fun in San Diego, I am ready to get home and get a weekend off for the first time in four weeks. It has been a hectic program with a lot of tournaments, but luckily it has been a good stretch for me personally.”