Returning to Birdsfoot Golf Club is always a fun time! I’ve played there atleast once (sometimes twice) a year for as long as I can remember! I’ve had some of my best memories and best shots hit at that golf course and it’s familiarity helped me feel assured before my HJGT Tournament.
I wanted to show that I could shoot a low score. Though the live scoring phones were down during my round, I stayed focused on the goal of shooting a number that would make me proud. I played confidently and had some amazing shots that helped me shoot a +5, 77 the first day. I hit fairways, greens, and made a few great putts- I even chipped in for birdie on hole 17! We left the course pretty quickly due to the new COVID-19 rules, but I was anxious to see where I stood after day 1. Later that night, I saw that I was leading by 5 strokes!
The second day brought some more struggles for me. I didn’t play poorly, but I wasn’t scoring as well as I had the first day. I was playing with a girl who ended up tied with me after hole 16. Hole 17 I played my shot a bit more aggressively yet ended with a bogey, putting me one shot back of first. On hole 18, I was nervous but knew there was room for me to gain a stroke and advance into a playoff. I hit an average drive but I had 200 yards into the wind for my approach shot. I was short of the green with a tough lie and there was little green to work with. I managed to pitch it to 10 feet while my opponent was 4 feet away lying the same number. I took my time and hit it right in the middle of the cup! She missed her putt and I was ready to win in the playoff.
Playing hole one (a hole I parred both days) I volunteered to hit first and ended up lipping out for birdie, tying my opponent with a par. Hole two I played well, by hitting the GIR and making an easy par, edging out my competition. It was a tough win, but I was proud knowing that I placed 1st in just my second event of the year!