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It was quite nice to spend a few days at the farm over Christmas where things move so much more slowly than Im used to! It was just great to catch up with family! 

Then after the break (if you could call 2 days a break!) we got straight back into things at the inaugural Victorian Open. A very exciting event for the women as the final two rounds were to be played on the same golf course at the same time as the men’s tournament. It was the first event in the world to have men and women playing the same competition for the same prize money. A great prospect for women’s golf!! 

It was excited to be playing in my home state after spending most of my time overseas these days, with a lot of family and friends being able to come out to watch me play. I guess with this comes a lot of expectation also, which is obviously something I must get used to. Perhaps this was the very reason the week didn’t go to plan. Playing round 1 at Woodlands Golf Club I felt confident after my preparations, however my ball striking deserted me from the first tee. If you’ve ever played Woodlands, the greens are fairly small with run-offs taking your ball up to 25m from the putting surface severely punishing even the slightest mishit shots. My opening round ended in a disappointing +7. With my coach, Steven, currently overseas I fell back on my mental coach Jamie Glazier who I must thank for his continual support and belief in me throughout the week.

So heading into round 2 to be played at Spring Valley Golf Club in the afternoon following the men’s cut field. I was feeling positive in the pursuing my new challenge for the tournament in getting back to even par. Again I couldn’t get anything going, carding a +6 and thinking to myself “what the hell is going on?!”. Going from expecting to be contending in the tournament to worrying about missing the cut, it came as a nice surprise that I just snuck into the final round on the number.

Round 3, again at Spring Valley this time alternating groups between the men’s field. This round I went out with no expectations and very low confidence. I had nothing to lose!! A variety of birdies and bogeys, I signed for -2 and a much happier Stacey!! Hurdling over half the field to a more respectable position of 27th though still a bitterly disappointing week and lots of work to be done. I’d also like to extend my congratulations to Joanna Klatten, who is travelling with me over summer, on her first professional win. After HaeJi Kang holed out for eagle on 18 to force a playoff Joanna kept her cool to win on the 2nd playoff hole. Also congratulations to GolfVictoria on a great event and an exciting prospect for years to come at the Vic Open.

Next on the schedule, a two day pro am at Moss Vale Golf Club, NSW. I had played this once before and I really enjoy the golf course. I shot -2 the first day, which really felt like I left alot out, so I knew I had chance to get a low one in tommorrow. The leaders shot -5 on first day.

I had a slow start to day 2, bogeys on the first and second put me bedind the 8 ball, but another 7 birdies and an eagle, mixed with 2 more bogeys, left me a -5 for the day. This was enough to put  me in a tie for 7th place. Scoring was obviously very hot, and the winner from New Zealand, Cathryn Bristow shot -13. Great scoring!

Now we are in Canberra for the ACTEW AGL Canberra Classic which starts Friday. Im really looking forward to this week and another main tournemant!

Hope this finds you all well!

Cheers

Stacey

 

 

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  • Comment by frewy — January 22, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    well done stacey, i’ve just read the score site for canberra and you shot 69 for a tie for third.
    frewy

  • Comment by Stacey — January 22, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Thanks Frewy!! Was good week- Thanks for following.. But easy in the same time zone for u!!

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