I've never felt the heat like I did today, and I think that will help me out in the rest of the qualifiers. If I was way out in front today, I would not have felt the pressure that I did on the last 6-7 holes. But I struggled all week, so I put myself in a position where bad things could very easily happen. I birdied two of the last four holes. It was close. I was nervous. I learned a lot about how I can handle heavy pressure, and I came out on the right side of things. BIG confidence boost. I know now I can play very good golf when it matters most.
So I'm on to first stage (my second). I'll need to get off to a better start, but I seem to have worked out the swing problems that hampered me early this week.
Oh yeah...I can't tell you the high I felt when the round (which seemed to last FOREVER) was over. Very, very fun.
Until....As I was basking in the glorious feeling of advancing, I decided to go check out downtown Houston. Unfortunately, I had a little accident on the way. A huge piece of a thick plastic/glass sign fell out of a truck and destroyed my windshield. I'm okay, everyone's okay, but it was a major pain to deal with. Accident reports, dealing with rental car companies, convincing the guilty to give me their information. Bummer. So I decided the trip downtown wasn't in the cards (btw, Go Astros). I'm now chillin' (look at me with the rad words) out in the hotel room waiting for the baseball games to start. But I'm still in better spirits than anyone who has ever had to deal with something like this. Fly home tomorrow. Late.
It is a very hard qualifying number to figure out. After day 1 it was -1, after day 2 it was +1, and after today it was back to -1. I figure the number will fall anywhere between -2 and +2, with it most likely being about even par. Who knows, but par or better should do it, so thats my goal. Go get Old Man Par.
I've made it more difficult than I should have, but 42nd place is as good as a win.
I did miss a couple of shortish putts today, but I didn't hit them bad. Either mis-read them or something went wrong on their short travel to the hole. That happens, so hopefully I've used up my short misses for the week. Need to make a couple of long ones too.
Ball-striking is coming back, I felt very comfortable on the course, and the short game is coming around. So I still feel good. With my trouble clubs (ie 2 irons from the tee), I just hit punch/stinger shots to get them in play. I drove the ball wonderfully with the ol' 1-wood, and the short irons were pretty good, too. Go at 8:09 tomorrow, more later.
I'm better than this score, but I made a solid comeback. Things could have gone very wrong if I would have let them. I didn't, so that's a good sign.
It was a different feeling than I've ever had on the golf course today. It started last night, but ramped up this morning during warm-up. I can't really explain it, but it was definitely different. On the first tee I was more nervous than I've been in a long time, but it worked out, striped it down the middle. There's a lot riding on this week, and never going through this tournament before made it extremely...new. The poet in me won't come out, so just know that. Odd. Exciting. Just plain different.
Got a good in me for tomorrow. Late.
After the round, I took a little break before heading back to the course to do a little more work. The game feels a lot better. It's not 100%, but my shot pattern has been narrowing a great degree the last few days. I hit it to 6 feet or in 6 holes in a row today, which is always good. Anytime you go a stretch like that you definitely gain a lot of confidence. That's what it is all about. Hit it at a target, feel it. That's the best way to play, so that's how I'll do it.
My game is coming around. I hit a lot of shots today, and while I'm not hitting it great, I'm hitting it much better than the past couple of weeks. There will be a lot of trust involved this week, but I am regaining confidence.
Another practice round tomorrow morning. Have I said I'm pumped?
I feel good about things, though. I hit a lot of balls yesterday, and I feel like I got closer to hitting it good again. It's not there yet, but I'm not as worried as I have been.
I've got some balls to hit.
I've really struggled the last 3 weeks. After a very solid summer, with a lot of consistency, I suddenly cannot hit it. I've been trying everything, but can't get it figured, so it will be good to get another set of eyes. I am missing shots so drastically that it has to be something obvious, I just haven't been able to find it on my own.
I'll try to post some daily updates on what I'm working on and how much progress I make. Should be a fun week, qualifying starts Tuesday.
Well, I'm sitting in my car waiting out a lightning delay at the Gateway Tour event. I didn't get off to a good start this week, shot a 73 yesterday. I struggled, but at the end of the round I started to hit some good shots. A little momentum right about now would be nice. I'll see what I can do.
This week we were at Talking Stick. For some reason, I've always struggled on the greens here. I have a hard time reading them, and that can make it very tough to make a lot of putts. In the last Pepsi Tour event, it didn't matter because I had so many 2 footers for birdie. This week it did cost me, and my 74-70 had me missing my first cut in awhile.
Missing the cut is no fun. Since I hadn't missed a cut for so long, I almost forgot the feeling. But all is well. My game is still in very good shape, and I have some big tournaments/opportunities coming up. I'm pumped.