This past week was the 2nd Stage of Q School in Gautier, MS. I golfed my ball. Every round was different, but I found a way to score throughout the week. There was times that I was on fire, there was times that I was sloppy and threw away strokes, and there were times I made up strokes out of some situations where par was good. I’ve been working hard for years on many aspects of my game and it has paid off these last few months. The next step is playing in bigger events and continuing to get better physically, mentally, and mechanically. It was a great week! I had my dad caddying and it was awesome to play some really good golf and make it feel better easy! It’s a long road ahead and this is just another step in the right direction. Thanks to everyone for the support and prayers throughout the week and year. Final Stage will be December 12-17 at PGA West in La Quinta, CA. I’m excited to get back there and play some golf in the west coast sun! Thanks again to everyone for keeping up this year!
Next Tuesday starts the 1st round of 2nd Stage of Web.com Qualifying School. I’m back feeling healthy again and ready to tee it up. I went through 1st Stage in Dallas, TX last month at The Lakes at Castle Hills, a golf course I have now played 20 times and love it. I played well enough to get through pretty easily, but it was a grind that week with all the conditions. That’s the way Q School seems to happen. I had a good end to the season in the month of September with a couple Top 15s on the NGA Pro Tour along the east coast and have continued some good work with my coaches VJ Trolio and Tim Yelverton. A big shout out to Tim Yelverton! He was recently named the top teacher in Mississippi this year. The guy is flat out good! I’m excited to get going next week and looking forward to playing some great golf!
This post never uploaded so I copy and pasted it again. It’s from August 1-4
The Texas Open was this past week at The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, TX. A great track with a lot of character and can show its teeth at times with the heavy rough, speed of the greens, and Texas wind. The 1st round was a solid 69 with 5 birdies and 2 bogeys. The 2nd round I played in the afternoon in the heat and wind. The course played difficult, firm and fast. At times it was tough getting the ball in good spots to make birdies and easy pars. I missed 4 fwys by a foot and posted 74. I knew I was playing good and had to keep the ball in the fairway on the weekend. Saturday the course played the easiest with the pin placements and the wind down the 10 mph. I played a solid round, 68. On Sunday I hit the ball great! I had looks early from 10 ft, but had some quick, difficult putts. I continued it all day and managed to get it below the hole the last 12 holes and had putts on 17 & 18 burn the edge. I finished with a 67, which put me at -10 for the event and finished solo 5th.
It was great to get some momentum and feed off the energy the last round. I had a chance if the last two putts fall. All week I stayed very conscious of accepting every shot and moving on to the next one no matter what. The game is improving with some good events ahead and Q School in a few months.
Last week I was in SC at The Memvers Club at Woodcreek. A solid course in great condition. The greens were perfect and every par 5 easily reachable. The NGA turned the last par 5 into a par 4 and we played it as a par 71 on the week. I knew scores would be low with perfect greens and generous fairways. The rough was up, but like I said the fairways were generous. I made plenty of birdies again on the week. The week included 23 birdies and an eagle. Unfortunately I was a little sloppy at times around the greens with some easy chips and made 11 bogeys on the week instead of 4-6. That part of my game will be sharp come Q School in 6 weeks. I finished the week at -14 and 6 shots of the winner. (68-69-68-65) I played well the whole month of August with my worst finish being T-20 and making a lot of birdies. The game is good and I’m excited for the preparation for Q School!
Thanks to everyone for keeping up this year and the positive encouragement, means a lot!
Last week I played Eagles Landing Country Club and fired rounds of 66-69-70-70 on a par 70 layout. I played alright throughout the week. I made plenty of birdies to have a chance to win (19 birdies, 1 eagle), but made too many mistakes to stay around the lead through the whole weekend (11 bogeys, 3 doubles). I finished tied for 17th. It’s nice to know the birdies are there. This week I am in Columbia, SC playing another NGA Tour event and have worked on the parts of the game to clean up. Six 3 putted lasts week and some poor club choices costs me. Clean those things up this week and run some good routines and it will be a good week. I’m looking forward to teeing it up!
I was in Greensboro, NC last Monday for the Wyndam Q and played a nice even flow round of 69. I missed it by a few shots but I’ve continued to play some smooth rounds throughout the year. I would love one or two of those make everything rounds something over the next two weeks on the NGA Tour.
This week I am just outside Atlanta at Eagles Landing Country Club and tee it up at 8:33 tomorrow and 1:33 on Friday. The golf course is pretty solid so it should be a good test this week. It’s playing at a par 70 after they turned two par 5s into par 4s. Next week I am off to Columbia, SC for another NGA Tour event on a fun golf course with lots of birdies opportunities. I did hear the rough was up so that’s a plus, keep it in the short grass these two weeks and something can happen!
I drove all night Sunday night from Dallas to Springfield to do the Monday Q. I continued to hit the ball great! I had great opportunities on the back 9 to get in but just came up short. Yesterday I played 17 holes and hit every green. There was 5 birdie putts from 6-12 feet that lipped out or burned the edge. It took a few holes starting off to adjust to soft bent greens that rolled 9 and ripped back on every iron shot. I was use to firm, fas bermuda. I managed and finally gave myself chances on the back 9 but did not get it done. This morning I had to come back to finish my last hole and knew I need birdie to go into a playoff. I smoked a drive down the left side that never cut and it ended up in the lip of the bunker. I had no chance but tried to pull it off. I ended up firing a 69 and missing by 2.
All and all I’m playing some good golf now and excited for the 3 week trip to the east coast.
August 12 Wyndam Monday Q (PGA Tour)
*August 14-17 eGolf event in Charlotte
August 19-25 NGA Tour event in Atlanta
August 26-Sept 1 NGA Tour event in Columbia, SC
*tenative-if I do not Monday in the Wyndam