U.S. Open Qualifier - First Stage
Monday, May 14th, 2007
Stress is probably the worst thing you can have when you are playing golf. The worse you play, the more the stress fills up and it feels like nothing is going right when you are out on the golf course. However, I got most of that stress relieved this past Tuesday when I had the first stage qualifier for the U.S. Open. I finished in a tie for 1st with one other player. Twelve people advanced out of 50 for the qualifier. Even though this is just the 1st stage, it is a huge step in the right direction for me. The course played long, windy, and tight. And I felt like I mastered it the best I could. The only reason I didn’t shoot better was because I 3-putted two holes. But sometimes that happens.
How I got to be feeling so much more confident was that I had a lesson with my coach on Sunday. I have been with Mike Swisher at the Lebanon Country Club for about 10 years. I worked there, I played there, and I also take lessons there. The members are kind enough to let me practice there whenever I am home. I wouldn’t be there today without them! I am a pretty stubborn individual when it comes to my golf game. I feel I can fix anything that goes wrong in my swing. Well, I disproved that theory.
Mike calls me many times to check up and see how I am doing. I haven’t playing well. And the worse I play, the less I communicate with other people. So I haven’t taken a lesson from him for quite a while. Well, I as you can see, I haven’t been doing very well on my own. So when I was home this past week, Swish took a look at how things were going. I am not kidding when I say this. He watched me hit for twenty minutes and within that time, I was corrected. He said my swing looked good, just needed to make an extra move with rotating my hands around and that was it! Oh my, what a difference. I felt like a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders. I was still nervous out on the course, but I played with confidence and I wasn’t afraid to hit a shot. Typically, you have more fun when you shoot well. But, for me, i just wanted the ball to go where I envisioned it. And it did. I joke with Swish all the time, that if he weren’t married, I would marry him. He is a god when it comes to the golf swing! So to make a long story longer, thank you, Mike. I will definitely be calling you more often. What took me so long to realize it?
Get ready for the Duramed Futures Kansas event coming up this week. It promises to be a very exciting one! All the best my friends. See you next week!