Sorry for my lack of communication these past few weeks. I have been updating twitter but haven’t really found the time to blog. I shall quickly give you a run down of what’s been happening then get into this week here in South Africa.
I played in my first LET event in Morocco and had the most amazing time. It was such a great experience and only made me more determined to achieve my goal of gaining full playing rights for 2014. The event was run alongside the Men’s European Tour event so we had the opportunity to meet with some of their players and get a feel for what it’s all about. I was fortunate enough to sneak a cheeky photo with the legend that is Jose Maria Olazabal (Check my Instagram below)
Regrettably I missed the cut after a few rusty errors but I took so much from the week and learned a lot about my game and myself. I took full advantage of the weather by practicing over the weekend and topping up my tan. I had to try and minimise my white feet!!
After the event, Danielle and I flew to London to then make our way to the next Access event in Dinard, France. The weather was some what of a shock to the system. I don’t think I took my rain gear and wooly hat off all week. The winds were high and to everyone’s disappointment the tournament had to be cut short to just 36 holes. I had a decent enough first round but then picked up a slight injury half through my final round. I probably should have withdrawn but I haven’t before and felt like it wasn’t the right thing to do at the time. This wasn’t the greatest start to my Access Series challenge, missing two cuts but it has given me a clear idea of the weaknesses in my game and what I need to change in order to start gaining points on the O.O.M. We flew home the following day and I was quite glad to have a week at home with the family to recharge the batteries and have my mum wash my clothes! Thankfully I was also able to see a Physio and she sorted my injury out for me. It wasn’t anything too serious, just a tightness in my back and she was able to relieve the tension and give me a program to do for the following few days to ensure I was fit to start my next big adventure!
In the middle of Dinard, I found out I would be going to South Africa to compete in the S.A. Women’s Open. This was actually a dream come true for me as visiting and golfing in this fantastic country was definitely on the bucket list!! After two rather long flights via Glasgow, Dubai and Durban I arrived in Southbroom on Monday evening. I am staying with a wonderful Host, Rose, for the week and she has been unbelievable. Opening her home to me and ensuring I felt comfortable, cooking for me and just sharing her stories of South Africa has been amazing. I played a practice round on Tuesday and to my liking it was a toasty 28 degrees. The course was great with spectacular ocean views and in superb condition. I was very excited to get started. We played our first round yesterday and although it was very wet and slightly cooler (tropical for a Jock) the course held up very well and I was able to card an even par round. I hit the ball fairly well and didn’t have too many shots that caused me any problems. I had two birdies and definitely left a few putts out there. I was really looking forward to teeing it up today but when I woke up this morning to the sound of the rain battering against my window I read there were going to be delays. After much deliberation the organisers decided today would have to be cancelled and the event would be reduced to 36 holes. It’s such a shame as this has by far been one of the best events I have ever participated in. They really have rolled out the red carpet for us!
I found out at 5pm today that they had made a cut and that I would be playing tomorrow with two South Africans. I tee off at 10.20am and am really looking forward to it. The event will have live TV coverage which is something new for me but again it’s all very exciting. Hopefully tomorrow it won’t be raining cats and dogs and we can get another round played. I just have to play my normal game, take one shot at a time and add it up at the end.
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Anyways I should get some shut eye for tomorrow so I am refreshed and raring to make some birdies!
Thanks for reading!