It didn't go well in the qualifier. I got off to a good start, but stagnated during the middle part of the round. Birdies are big in a qualifier, and I was -1 after 12. 13 was a reachable par 5. I hit a good drive, got a good break on my second shot which left me 80 yards to the pin. I had to hit a super high shot over a tree to get it anywhere near the hole. It wasn't all that tough a shot, but I over-did it a bit and landed it in the right fringe. It took a hard right bounce into the hazard. I tried to get it out, without luck, and ended up with a 7. Bad.
That was pretty much that, and things snowballed coming in. I kept trying, but the fire wasn't there. I missed by a ways.
There has been a little tour following the Nationwide qualifiers the last couple weeks (Cleveland Pro Golf Tour), so I entered that this week. It hasn't quite caught on yet, but it's a nice place to get some confidence back. Qualifiers are known as confidence killers, because one day makes or breaks your week. So it was nice to have a place to play for a few days.
I played really good yesterday, hitting some great irons and making some putts. I was one shot back of the lead heading into today.
I played fairly well again today, giving myself a chance to win coming in. It was nice to feel the pressure of being in contention again. Really nice. The juices were flowing in a positive way for the first time in a while. I was positive I was going to win, but ended up 3rd, 3 back.
Anyhow, the confidence killer failed to kill my confidence. It may end up being a break, as I was able to get into contention for a win. My long game has come around, and my putting work the last few weeks is really paying off.
Moving in the right direction. BIG test in 5 weeks.