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Pulling into the parking lot of Latrobe Country Club, I was eager to play a round in Arnold Palmer’s hometown and on the course he grew up playing. I knew that I wanted to play a round that would make such a legend proud.

The range was closed, but I made some full swings and putted and chipped on the greens for about an hour which made me feel really comfortable with the speed of the greens. I had a long walk to get to my starting hole, #11, but it allowed me to see #9 so I could take note of the slanted fairway and small green.

My opening tee shot ran across the bouncy fairway into the trees which led to a bogey on my first hole. I hit my driver into the water on the second hole but saved bogey from there, and had another bogey on my third hole, a par 3. I was frustrated that I was +3 through 3 and knew that I needed to make better decisions. I played the next holes much smarter and parred out the remaining holes on the back nine. I had a birdie on a par 3 as a result of hitting my hybrid to 6 feet! I finished my round shooting 78, and I was anxious to see where that placed me out of the field of 12 girls in my age group (16-18). It turned out that I won by nine strokes and also had the second lowest round of ALL 103 players (boys and girls up to age 18)!

I’m happy that I won and also that I got to see the course before my match play tournament that begins on July 8th.

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