I had never played Ellsworth Meadows before this tournament. The scorecard didn’t have a map of the holes and I heard there were some hidden hazards before a few of the greens. Due to this, I took caution on the holes where I was unable to see parts of the fairway to be sure I didn’t waste any shots!
I didn’t have a great start with a few parts of my game which subconsciously made me be a bit tentative. My first drive was pulled into the trees and I three putted the first hole. I hit into a water hazard and even four putted (from a foot into the rough). Despite all of this, I had some very well-played holes. I almost had a hole in one which led to an easy birdie. I shot an 80 and I was disappointed in that score because I had a lot more mistakes than I should’ve. I was T5 and made my goal to move to 3rd place.
Day 2 was much better for me. While playing, I never moved up to third, but I had a round that I was proud of. I was only +1 through 7 holes and then I hit a drive OB, hit my next drive behind a tree, and finished the hole with an 8. I was definitely upset but I knew it was in the past and I needed to focus on making the next hole and the back nine better. I got a par on #9 and I was +1 on the back through 16 when we were called in due to lightning. When we went back out, I faced a 160 yard carry shot over the water, into the wind, with tall grass long and left and water right. I made sure to make a ton of practice swings because I hadn’t swung in about an hour. I cleared the water, hit a wedge shot to 4 feet, and made the putt for birdie!
I finished 4th place but took pride in the fact that I played 17 holes extremely well. I’m looking forward to playing next weekend in Rochester.