Oct 16th -22nd: LPGA Qualifying Tournament Stage II
Plantation G&CC, Venice - Florida - USA
October 22nd. Mission accomplished, qualified for Stage III!
Final round: -3, even overall, Tied 26th.
Played it safe going for middle of greens and finished with 3 straight birdies.
Now I am driving through Alligator Alley back to Miami. Flying to Frankfurt tomorrow morning and visiting the German Golf Federation in Heidelberg.
Stage III of Q School takes place in Daytona Beach end of November.
October 21st. Round 3, -1, +3 overall, T 46th. Panther course.
What a battle today! Played the Panther again today, which is the tighter and tougher course of the two. I traded birdies for bogeys and got through the difficult holes in windy conditions. I played solidly enough thorough the difficult early holes and avoided any big mistakes. Played a solid back 9 (front 9 on the Panther course) and finished with a eagle. Good drive up the middle and a hold 7 iron from 150 meters to 7mt, pin high, with wind helping off the right. Followed that up with a nice downhill pace putt that found the hole. Satisfied with 1 under in those windy conditions.
Tee off at 13:27 local time - 19:27 CET
October 20th. Round 2, +4, T80. Panther course.
Played really solid golf, but disaster struck on the 12th. The ball took a bad bounce and ended up in the water, but then it turns out there is an environment protection area and I have to drop in an impossible lie and end up in the water again and finish with a triple bogey. That´s golf, one minute you are 1 under and a couple of holes later you are 3 over.
I have to climb back up the leaderboard tomorrow so as to ensure a buffer for Sunday.
Tee off on the Panther course again at 9:17, 15:44 CET
October 19th. Round 1, Level par, T40. Bobcat course.
Played fairly conservative and on the safe side of pins. Made 16 pars, 1 birdie and 1 bogey. The bogie, on the 17th hole, which was number 8, turned out to be a tremendous save. I took an aggressive line up the left, hit the cart path and took a big bounce finishing OB about 60m from the hole on the shortish par 4. I then hit a good 3 wood up the middle with my provisional and an 8 iron through the wind to finish about 30' above the pin on the second tier, and then canned a difficult downhill putt to make an really, really lucky save for bogie.
All in all I was hitting fairways and greens and making solid pars playing on a long golf course into 18 mph winds.
Tee off on the Panther course tomorrow at 08:44, 14:44 CET
October 18th. Getting ready to rock & roll!
Tee off at 12:54, 18:54 CET.
There are 190 players in total playing both courses and 80 make it through to Stage III.
The level of these players is high, but I don't have to win this, I just have to stay out of trouble and make the cut.
The heat and humidity wears you out, so keeping myself hydrated and energy levels up is going to be important so my concentration does not drop away.
October 16th. Third day in Venice, Florida.
Enjoyed the Pro-Am and the dinner afterwards.
The tournament is played on two courses, the Planther and the Bobcat. I had a good full day of work yesterday with Will on the range and we then played the Bobcat.
Changed to my new Ryoma 9.5º driver, it gives me a more consistent flight, straighter and a better roll, while maintaining the ability to hit it high on demand. I love it!
I remember the courses from last year, but my game has changed as I have gained distance, which is just as well as it plays relatively long at 6536 yards with lots of water, lots of bunkers and smallish, narrow greens.
There won't be many eagles on the par 5´s. They are reachable in two, but very risky.
Even the short putts can slide quite a bit and require commitment to good line and pace. Grain plays a part on these Bermuda greens, but they are continuing to cut and roll them and they will be very puttable through the week.
Trainer Morales joined me over the last holes and helped me tweak some more!