I finished T-1 in the North Carolina Amateur Qualifier at Irish Creek!
If you had asked me how I was playing before the U.S. Open Local Qualifier and this NC Am Qualifier I would’ve told you not very good. But I’m figuring out how to play well even when I’m not confident. I’m putting well, which always helps clean up the mess. This round was a real mental test more than anything. Every swing brought with it the possibility of a disaster. Which I know that’s no way to think but I’ve seen enough bad shots lately to know this is true. So I had to do way more thinking over the ball and stressing over where not to hit it than I ever want to again. This comes out the most in pressure situations, and as you can see I bogeyed 18. I didn’t know it at the time, but a par would’ve got me the outright win. Just like the U.S. Open Local, I had a hunch par would’ve been significant, and my game reacted negatively to the pressure.
All this to say that I have a ton of work to do, because I know at a moment’s notice things can turn sour. That’s how golf has always been and that’s how it will always be. So I’ve got to continue to work on eliminating the bad swings and bad putts and losses of focus and thinking about what not to do. I won’t get away with issues like these in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier. Not on that tough of a course against that stout of competition.
So even though I’ve played and finished well in a handful of events already this year, I’ve learned so much about myself, my game, and competing under pressure. Which is arguably much more important than the finishes themselves.
Next up is the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier on June 6th. Time to get back to work!
P.S. For those not in the know, this qualifier puts me in the North Carolina Amateur at Governors Club in Chapel Hill, NC on June 16-19. Which is also the dates of the U.S. Open. So hopefully I won’t be able to play in the NC Am! 😉
Again, thanks for all the encouragement.