The thing is, I haven't been able to play at all. A couple months ago I tried to defend at the Black Diamond, and it was rough. Ugly. Very rough. I really wasn't sure if I was making a wise decision to fork out the money to play last week.
I got off to an ok start on Friday afternoon with a 72. I played solid golf, the course was a bit crusty. Other than one late mistake, I felt pretty good about things. Scores were low, I needed a good score on Saturday to make the cut.
I got off to a bad start on Saturday, making par on the par 5 first with a 6 iron second shot. Bogey on 2 didn't help. I was in trouble. I needed to get hot.
I got hot. 10 birdies later and I had a nice little 63 on the board. Fun.
Sunday was a little nerve wracking, but I kept making birdies. I gave it a little run, and with a 66 ended up at -15 for the weekend, and -15 for the week. Pretty solid, good enough for a T3 finish. It was good to get in contention in a big tournament again. Been too long.
It was a different week. I felt a lot of pressure leading up to the start of the tournament. Once things got going, I was surprisingly calm. I was very unprepared to play tournament golf, really I'm not so sure I should have been playing. Any glory last week can only go to God, because without Him my true talent and preparedness would have showed...
So, after a fun week golf, things have settled down. Back to work (another blessing), and the kids are starting school! Zac just turned 2, Lucy just turned 1, and the "Swilor Schoolhouse" has opened doors. We will be in touch!
I haven't played at all this year, so the recent decision to play in a tournament might not be all that wise. But, we are excited, and it should be a fun weekend regardless.
In the week or so I've been hitting balls, things have been feeling better every day. That is very encouraging, as the first nine I played was a catastrophe. Got it under par the last time I played.
So, with a caddy like this on board, I am preparing:
His sister is my little Princess, and she loves helping us make sure we stay on plane:
Around an hour a day is the plan. That isn't a lot, but it is what we have. 8-9 month layoff and two weeks to prepare! Might be crazy. We'll see how this weekend warrior thing turns out.
The Swilors are doing great. My family is amazing, we are so blessed. Zac is getting some game, and Lucy is our little sweetheart.
Been awhile! Just wanted to give a quick update on where the Swilor family is at, and on golf as we know it.
Just after Lucy was born, we got approved to buy a new home, and I got a new job! A lot happened at once, and it has been a whirlwind. So, there has been absolutlely zero golf on the last 3 months.
We will see how much golf we get to play over the next year. I miss it, but real life is taking over, and I wouldn't change a thing. I just feel blessed.
I played well in the Monday qualifier this week, so I got to play in my first Nationwide Tour event in 5 or 6 years. I was pretty pumped. I wasn't planning on even playing the qualifier until the day before the deadline, and things just came together.
I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I felt pretty comfortable on the course during the tournament. It was nice to have a little local support, and there was some cheering with my early birdies. I was off to a good start in both rounds, running into a little trouble in the middle part of each day. I battled, but 72-70 wasn't good enough to play the weekend.
I was able to bring the family out to experience what tour life can be like. They had a blast. Having Nicki and Zac to breakfast in the family room brought me back to when I was a squirt tagging along with my dad. Doesn't get much better than that.
It was nice to get another taste. Looking forward to playing better in the next one.
Me and the fam went on a quick trip to the Black Diamond Open, and we brought back some hardware!
It has been a long time since I've been in contention, so it was a battle down the stretch.
My scores have been good this year. All the glory goes to God!
Back to work now. There will he some big tournaments next month, for now I will continue to be a weekend warrior...