Solid Season Start at Bruin Wave Invitational

Solid Season Start at Bruin Wave Invitational

After a strong third round Therese finished the opening tournament in California tied for 8th. It took rounds of 72-77-70 (+3) to secure the top-10, and although satisfied with the result, she recognizes that there’s still a lot that can be improved.

Snow and frost delays combined with an average temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit made for a chilly experience at the opening tournament of the season, the Bruin Wave Invitational in Santa Clarita, California. Being Therese’s first tournament in four months there were also a lot of unanswered questions. Would she be ready in time? Would she be distracted by the competitive pressure? Therese recollects:

“I was a little nervous going into the tournament, just because it has been so long since last time. I was mostly excited though to start playing competitively again and to get out there and test my own shape. Once I got out there I just had a lot of fun playing and luckily my shape is not too far from where it needs to be. But I still have a lot to work on.”

The first round on the 6,282-yard Robinson Ranch Golf Coursewent better than expected as she walked on to the 18th tee two under par and trailing the tournament leader by a single shot. However, an unfortunate double bogey at the last hole spoiled an otherwise solid round, and day two was more of the same as Therese struggled to find her swing and finished with a less than satisfying score of 77. At this point she was well out of contention which allowed her to play more freely. Whatever the cause, Therese managed to mount an offence on the final round to shoot a solid two under par 70. She explains:

“On the final day I just wanted to go out and give it my all, feeling like I had nothing to lose. Luckily it paid off. I was able to hit the ball more solidly and make the putts I wasn’t able to make the day before.”

With the final score of three over par she finished tied of 8th in a field of 84 players, which also marked her fifth consecutive top-10. However, there are plenty of challenges on the horizon as she will play back-to-back tournaments over the next three weekends, so apart from a good physical condition she will need to use all that she learned this weekend to keep up the pace.

“I will be working hard on both very technical things in my swing as well as more functional things, getting the ball from A to B. And hopefully this combination should enable me to both perform while playing tournaments as well as improve my swing technically. It will be a fun couple of weeks with first our home tournament here at Boulder Creek Golf Course, and then a trip to Hawaii, so I am excited for what lies ahead!”, Therese concludes, and announces that she needs to go practice.

After all, she’s playing UNLV Spring Invitational this weekend, and has a title to defend.