This season has started off with a big bang that I wasn't really expecting. My 3rd tournament of the year, and my first tournament playing professional this year, I succeeded in taking 1st place at the Wintertime Open! I did train all winter, I did change my bag to suit my skills better (Discmania all the way), I did putt every single day (except when I was injured) and I knew that would all pay off eventually. But I truly did not expect it to be so soon. I still have a long way to go in my game, there are still many errors I need to correct and I would be kidding myself if I thought I'd be winning often from here on out even in amateur. There will still be struggle rounds and days and tournaments but I'm learning from every experience. This weekend, I learned how to play under 1st place professional pressure, a whole new mental battle I haven't yet come close to. I once again wrote "THE BEST" on my left index finger. Maybe this is a strange tactic to most, that others don't need, but for me, it reminds me when I shank a drive or miss an easy putt, to still play my best. It allows me a few seconds to remind myself that I am REALLY GOOD AT THIS even when I'm not playing like it and I really think it helped me battle back from 2nd place with 3 strokes to make up, into 1st. Many times that last round, I'd step up to that tee pad feeling the stress of every stroke, knowing I was neck and neck. A few times that round, I'd step off the pad, look at my note and take a deep breath, making sure I was stepping up to that shot with complete confidence. And it worked, virtually every time. I had one blow up hole that round and it was the one time I didn't step up with confidence, and didn't take the time to re-center. I learned and I hope I can apply that to future rounds.
Next up - LAS VEGAS! Gentleman's Club Challenge - this one is a 4 day tourney (if I play well) on a ball golf course with 3 different courses. I have a full car for the next 2 weeks with Eagle and Simon in the car to Vegas, we're leaving this morning to practice. Then TOMORROW I get to pick up my best friend forever for life and spend the next 2 weekends throwing frisbees with her. Life is getting better and better (and I think I said that last time too). Bring it on Vegas!
ALSO!!! My photo and an article on the Wintertime Open is in the LA Times this week!!!! CLICK HERE
Love and Frisbees,
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