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Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 9.26.10 PMUSA bound. This was a trip I had been looking forward to for quite some time. I had spent the past couple of weeks in the UK, preparing the best I could for it, and even had my coach over for a week which was great to get some good work done with him.

We were very fortunate that during this time we were given a Jaguar to drive around while in the UK from a Guy Salmon dealership, which was great, a continued sponsor of mine that make things so much easier being so far from home!

So I decided to go to the USA a week before the US open with the plan to attempt to qualify for the LPGA the week before in Arkansas.. This proved to be a good choice!! I got one of the 2 qualifying spots. I thought this would be a good lead up to the following week.

I enjoyed the experience, but didn’t play my best golf, shooting rounds of 74,77 to miss the cut. But still thought it should help me for next week, hopefully calming me down, and just enjoy the excitement of playing the US Open.

I arrived on Monday morning to have my first practice round at Sebonack. Wow is all I could say.. the course was in immaculate condition, and with greens like I’ve never seen. This course was going to require a lot of patience and imagination. It seemed like there was going to be 5 different ways to get the ball close to the hole on any given approach.

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The next couple of days I was fortunate to have practice rounds with Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb, a couple of the best players in theworld, so I just tried to learn as much as possible from them, but at the same time getting the most information from the course.

So my Thursday tee time came around before I knew it. I felt great on the morning of, just excited and the usual nerves. I played solidish, a couple of silly mistakes which you cant do around a course like this, its costs you more than usual, to sign for a 76. Day 2 would prove tough, teeing off at 2:40 and getting called in with 5 holes to play for a fog delay, and we didn’t return to the course. I had just dropped 5 shots in the last 3 holes before the delay, so as you can imagine my dinner didn’t taste that great! Conditions on day 2 were much tougher and until those 3 holes I felt I was playing great, at +1 for the day, but then to blow out like that was very disappointing. I got up in the morning to return to the course to play the remaining 5 holes, without a lot of enthusiasm unfortunately as I had ‘shot myself in the foot’ from my play the night before.

So I missed that cut but actually took a lot of positives from the week once I had a day or 2 to get over it!! I know it was a great experience for me, and I’m already looking forward to the chance when I could get back to the USA to test my game again.

Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 9.26.58 PMSo after a couple of days in New York being a tourist which was great, seeing the sights, went to a Broadway show and just relaxed I’m back in the UK looking forward to getting back into it in Spain.

Thanks for following,

Cheers, Stace 🙂

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  • Comment by Eric Anderson — July 6, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    Stacey, thank you for your article a great read on your progress in the world of competitive golf. It must have inspired you to have play and practice with Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb two of the USLPGA world stars. Stacy’s story is awesome on how she overcame the adversity of Scoliosis and the back braces worn 18 hrs a day plus operations to become a ‘scoring machine’. I particularly like the way she holes out.
    You have what it takes to become a world star – it’s practice makes perfect, it’s mind over matter, and it’s one shot at a time. Putting is 40% of scoring and consistently achieving less than 28 putts a round (with the putting stroke and strength of mind in holing out) is the way forward. ‘You drive for show and putt for dough’. You have a Fan, Good Luck.

  • Comment by Kerry Wilkins — July 7, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    What a fabulous experience for you Stacey, all the very best in your next Tournament.
    Best Wishes always, Kerry & Steve Wilkins
    Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club.

  • Comment by John Ozturk — August 24, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Good luck and best wishes on your upcoming tournaments.
    John Ozturk

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