First Bank and Trust East Texas Open – 79 – 77 (MC)

Unfortunately it wasn’t a good week. A lot of positives went into the week but not a lot came out.

 

Round 1

The first round was early in the morning, and it was a prime time to shoot some low scores as there was hardly a breath of wind. I started off pretty smoothly with a par on the difficult tenth hole, but made a bogies on the next two holes. No big deal, as I felt like I hit some pretty good shots that just didn’t turn out the way I expected. I cruised along with a few pars after that and made a good birdie on 16, but proceeded to bogey the last two on that nine. It seemed after those two bogeys, everything unfolded into a bad round. I made a horrific triple on the second hole, which was my 11th hole, that really killed the round from being a manageable round. That triple was a result from an OB ball on the second shot. It was a tough day. I know I could have played better but unfortunately I didn’t get out of my own way. It happens, but it’s a matter of learning and moving on.

Round 2

The second round turned into a two deal thing. What was originally a 1:10 tee time, actually began at 6:10. When I got to the course, it was nice and sunny out and as I was warming up a few clouds started to build. These clouds later produced some lightning in the area causing a delay, and then stayed around for the next five hours. What a boring day, having to wait for the rain and lightning to go away. We were fortunate enough to tee off that day, and even more fortunate to get 9 holes in before it was dark. But that also meant that we would have to come back in the morning to finish the last nine of the round at 7:30. The front nine of the second round went good. I played it one over par with only one bogey on the 8th hole. I was playing my consistent self again, and I knew the birdies would soon drop if I kept giving myself chances. The only hard thing about the second nine was continuing in the same rhythm and mindset from the previous day. I started to press on the back nine which showed on my score. Instead of making birdies, I was making bogeys. It’s tough to make a cut when you aren’t making birdies.

 

Chalk this one up in the learning column. Every tournament is always a learning experience. Some just more than others. I plan on bouncing back and playing to my ability next tournament! Thanks for checking in on this post and be sure to look for more!

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