Let me first tell you my scores which were a 70 and 72. I first shot the 70 at Links on the Bayou Golf Course, the Chitimacha Louisiana Open Web.com Monday qualifier, about a month ago. The event is the first stop on the Web.com Tour for the season and a hotspot for tournament golf. They tend to have all the competitive golf in Alexandria, LA area at only two golf courses.
I took a picture on one of the holes out there to post it on Instagram from my teammates to see. My freshman year at Jackson State, I had my best round of the year on the last day of the SWAC Championship to lead my team in a comeback victory. That is a whole other story on blood, sweat, and tears as my teammate Maurice Jeffries would say. Needless to say, the SWAC Championship that year was played on the same course the Monday qualifier, so I was feeling good about it.
The week before there was an Adams Tour event at Links on the Bayou Golf Course as well. I signed up for the tournament, thinking it would be good preparation, only to make the waiting list. Already 160 guys had already signed up, and most of those guys would play the following Monday for the qualifier. Although the entry fee for the Adams Tour event was a pretty penny ($1300) and hard to justify spending sometimes I should have done a better job at planning. Three things every professional golfer must do well is: plan, practice, and travel.
The round of 70 I feel should have been a lot lower. I started off with three birdies in my first five holes, putting extremely well. I’m not going to lie I got a bit excited when I saw things going so well early on, that when one of our playing partners decided to withdraw after 7 holes it threw me off. The tempo of the group changed as well as my tempo. Looking back now I see how you can’t let external factors influence what you are doing, but that is something you have to mentally prepare for before you even tee the ball up to start. I shot -2 on the front nine. I made a string of pars on the back nine, then doubled bogeyed the 13th hole from the middle of the fairway, and finished with two more birdies coming in. It was nice to finish strong but I should have keep it going with the same rhythm I had the first five holes. To put it in perspective of how competitive it was I finished T56 out of 120 guys. The players that qualified shot 63,63,63,64, and four 65s went into a playoff for the last spot.
I shot the 72 at Cypresswood Golf Course in Cypress, TX to miss advancing to the Monday qualifier for the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, TX next week. Unlike the Web.com Tour the PGA Tour requires competitors to qualify twice before the event unless you have status on a PGA Sanctioned Tour. The round showed signs of rust and indecision. I hit a lot of fairways and greens but failed to give myself reasonable birdie opportunities. The two three putts I made probably was the difference. I would have had to shoot 70 to advance to the Monday qualifier.
Being competitive and coming up short is frustrating sometimes. I wonder when I will get my break or if it will always be like this, but I have to remind myself that all I can do is continue to pray, plan, practice, and travel and leave the results up to themselves. And most importantly thank God throughout the process.