Well this week will be a week of milestones. Tomorrow I turn 25 and no longer have to pay a young drivers surcharge when renting a car for a tournament and I received my first start in a Ladies European Tour event. I have been given a wild card for the Lalla Meryem Cup in Agadir, Morocco, in March. This is the greatest start to the season I could imagine. My season kicks off on March 21 in Terre Blanche, France in the first event of the Ladies Challenge Tour – The Access Series and then I fly to Agadir to start my campaign on the main tour. I cannot put into words how excited I am to tee it up in Morocco. After being so close to securing my card last season and falling short by a mere 111 points, this is the best possible scenario I could have hoped for this season – the chance to play with some of the top professionals in golf at the moment, most of who are all challenging for a spot in the Solheim Cup in August.
For the past couple of weeks I have been in Spain practicing and training to ensure my golf and fitness is at its best come March. Everyday I wake up the sun is shining and it makes my job very easy. I speak to my family back in Scotland on a regular basis and usually they tell me of the gale force winds and sideways rain. I am fortunate enough to have made some good contacts in the Murcia region and have lots opportunities to fine tune my swing and game around some of the best courses here. A big thank you is owed to MurciaGolf.Co as they have ensured I have had access to practice facilities and tee times when required. Check out www.muciagolf.co – sniffing out the best green fee deals in Spain!
I have roughly four weeks until I leave for France and I am setting weekly targets to help me focus on my practice and ensure it is purposeful. Last season I started to use Golf Data Lab to record my statistics after each round and this was a great tool in highlighting many of my strengths and weaknesses. I discovered that my scoring clubs weren´t as accurate as they should be and I need to hole more medium range putts. This is my focus for this year, to improve both of these percentages as this will definitely help me lower my scoring average and compete this season on both tours. I am not a big range lover, I much prefer to practice on the course and create scenarios like I would find in a tournament. I also like to play games against other players to keep my competition levels high. A good friend of mine, Gavin Dear, is coming out to practice on Saturday for a few weeks and this will be very useful for me to have someone to practice and play more competitive rounds with.
I shall keep you all updated with how the purposeful practice and fitness training is going over the next couple of weeks.