Well on Friday I have the pleasure of playing in my first Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield. I have to say when I received the email stating I had been granted a sponsor’s invite to the event I was over the moon. I had already planned how my week was going to go. I was supposed to fly to Sweden on Tuesday night after the Paul Lawrie event at The Dukes course in St. Andrews to play in the LET Access series event but when you are given an opportunity to play in your home country’s Open it is very difficult to say no. This was one of my goals for the season and I am delighted to be competing against some of the best female golfers in Europe. This will be the first event after the Solheim Cup victory so I imagine there is going to be a tremendous buzz about the place and I encourage people to come and watch this exciting event. It has a slightly different concept than the rest of seasons schedule as it is a pro am format for the 3 days. I have watched many Dunhill Links Championships at Carnoustie and I am very much looking forward to taking part in something similar.
I have had the last couple of weeks at home to spend time with family and friends, spend some time with my coach, practice and just generally relax before getting stuck in to the last part of my season. I was lucky enough to watch some awesome golf at the Johnnie Walker at Gleneagles on Thursday. It was the first time I had followed a group for 18 holes and it was very interesting to see that they are in actual fact just normal people. They make mistakes just like I do but I noticed how professional they are about it. This is something I am working on this season, trying to control my emotions, if say I hit the wrong shot or do something stupid. I tend to be quite hard on myself but I am working on it and I feel like I have made some good progress these past few tournaments only focusing on the shot in hand and not worrying about the past or the future.
Tomorrow and Tuesday I am playing in the Paul Lawrie events in St. Andrews. They have been great this year and allowed me to keep my game and scoring sharp while at home when we have had weeks off from the Access series. A good friend of mine, Angus, has been helping me in the one day events and he has kindly offered to lug my bag round Archerfield this week so the next two days will be a good warmup for us both.
I plan on heading down to the Open on Wednesday morning to start my tournament practice. I am going to stay with one of my fellow competitors and best friends, Kelsey MacDonald. We have been traveling together since May and it has worked out that we will both be teeing it up on Friday. I think this will help me to relax and treat it like any other week. I am hoping a few of the Scottish fans will be out to support myself and the 7 other Scots in the field. I think some of my family will come down to watch as they don’t often get to with our crazy European schedule.
Well I shall keep Y’all updated with how the week progresses but if you want to follow online to either the SLOT’s events or the Scottish Open then just click on the links below.