Happy International Women´s day!! I thought today would be an appropriate day to blog and fill in you all in on my last couple of weeks. I turned 25, played in two Evolve events and had the pleasure of playing with an Olympic Bronze medallist from this summers London Olympics. It has been a busy time to say the least but very enjoyable.
My first event of the season was at El Valle golf course in the Evolve Tour and I finished T-7th. Unfortunately only the top 6 made cash as the field was rather small but it was still a great experience for me to tee it up with the boys and establish where my game was. I had a day to recharge my batteries and the next event started on the Thursday. Again it was a reduced field but this week the top 9 made money and I had slightly better luck and finished T-8th and took home a few hundred euros. I wont be able to buy my Dad a new Land Rover Defender just yet but it´s a start!
I felt like I can take a lot of positives from the two events as it is the first card I have had in my hand since tour school and I tried not to put too much pressure on myself and just let it happen. There are definitely things I need to work on but I am rather happy with most of my game. It was really windy and unlike typical Spanish weather so I felt right at home being from “sunny” Scotland. A good friend of mine from home was over for the events too, Gavin Dear, so it was great to be able to play with him and practice. We travelled to the events and it was good to be able to find out what he thinks about when he goes to a tournament and how he thinks about playing practice rounds. There really isn’t any one way that works but its good to bounce ideas around and again get the most out of the situation.
Last weekend the Golden Golf Tour was in town and as I have played in several of their events throughout 2012 they asked if I would like to play in the final here at La Manga. Of course I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my weekend playing golf and meeting some incredible people made it even more special! On the Saturday I was told I would be leading the Scottish team in the skins competition. I was up against it as my opponents were ex Ladies European Tour player, Tracey Craik and Olympic Bronze medallist Chloe Rogers who is quite a handy golfer! It was probably the most fun I have had on the golf course in a long time as I just felt really relaxed and privileged to be playing with two incredible people. To listen to Chloe and what she has experience and achieved for the last 8 years was inspiring. It was a very tight game and in the end the rest of the world secured the most skins but for me although I am very competitive and don’t like to lose, I took so much more out of the day in other ways and can honestly say I wasn’t as upset as I would have been had I lost a Saturday game to my brother!
We played on Sunday and Monday in the team competition and again the weather was less than average. Everyone was in great spirits and I had the pleasure of playing with yet again some very special people. There were many retired athletes who were supporting the charity event, Alan Wells, Derrick Patterson, Martin Saggers to name but a few as well as professional snooker player Willie Thorne and the hugely talented Dean Chisnall who played Shrek in the west end. To be able to tee it up with any of these guys and listen to how hard they have worked for their careers and the amount of sacrifices they have made only makes me more determined to achieve my goals.
Gavin leaves today so I am going to shoot off for now to say goodbye and thank him for my putting lesson last night! Playing in the wind the last couple of weeks has caused a few issues but I think we sorted it out last night and I can´t wait until I head off to France on the 18th to start my quest for my Ladies European Tour card.
Happy Friday Y’all and I will be in touch soon!