Sorry for the lack of blogging of late, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel with my laptop the past few weeks. Low cost airlines love charging an arm and leg to take more than 5kg of luggage at any one time 🙂
Well it has been an eventful few weeks with lots of great positives. I finished T-3rd in the Spanish Access event, The Ocho Ladies Open after shooting a final round 67 to climb up the leaderboard. I hit it pretty solid for the last two rounds and my short game was really good the whole week so I was very pleased with the result. I flew home on the Saturday night, my Mum did my laundry on the Sunday and then we headed up north to Aberdeen on Monday to make my debut on the Scottish Ladies Golf Tour at Trump International. I was out in the 3rd group and what an experience it was. After a rather dodgy start (2 balls down after 4 holes) I got my act together and finished my last 14 holes in one under par. I shot 74 which is technically not a course record because we played using preferred lies but I was very happy with my score having never seen the course and after all the “horror stories” I had heard re the toughness of the track. I had some support for the day as I brought my friend/caddie Gus with me. He was awesome the whole way round just telling me to stay committed to each shot but most of all made me laugh and smile – something we should all do more often on the course! I knew I had posted a solid score as it was very windy but I now just had to play the waiting game until everyone was in. It wasn’t until I was half way through dinner with some family friends that discovered I had secured my first win as a pro. I didn’t know quite how to act as this was new territory for me but you could say I was extremely chuffed and even more that it was on home soil. There wasn’t much time to celebrate that evening though as I had to get to bed to wake up and do it all over again in the second event at Deeside.
On the Tuesday I woke up at my usual time and just chilled out for the morning before my 2pm tee time. I met Gus at the course, I warmed up and stepped on the first tee. There was a Kia Sportage up for grabs for a hole in one…unfortunately I didn’t even make the dance floor and had to settle for a bogey 4! But again I settled down and started to hit some good shots and a few putts dropped. I was first in the clubhouse again with a one under par round of 69. I didn’t think I would be lucky enough to win again as there were some good players in the field and I thought most of the par 5’s were accessible due to the wind not being as strong as the previous day. Much to my delight, again half way through my fish supper 🙂 I received the fantastic news that I had completed the double and also winning the two day Saltire Energy Championship. I can’t really put in to words how I felt that night as it was just all a bit surreal. I have been quietly working away in the winter months trying to get my game ready and after a slow start to the season it all seems to be coming together now. I’d just like to thank the Scottish Ladies Tour, especially Paul Lawrie and Saltire Energy for their support of the tour as it really is a fantastic opportunity for Pro’s to play first class golf courses and keep our games sharp with competition throughout the season.
I spent the last few days at home catching up with family and friends and was fortunate enough to play at Archerfield with my brother, Keir, European Tour player Callum Macaulay and his wife, PGA Pro Clare-Marie Macaulay. Unfortunately for the siblings, the married couple sealed the victory on the last hole but it was a great day at a spectacular golf club.
I am now currently in Sweden for the next access event which is being held at Kristianstad golf club in Ahus. I finished 6th last year so am hoping to go a few better this year and continue my recent run of form. If you would like to follow live scoring then it will be available at www.letaccess.com otherwise I will post my daily results on twitter. Get following if you don’t already @katy_mcnicoll
Thanks for reading!