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Screen Shot 2012-12-24 at 4.47.31 PMWhere has the summer gone!! It’s been so nice to be in Australia for almost 2 months!! As much as I’ve been in Australia, I haven’t exactly been at ‘home’ but its sure nice to not have to check what time it is so you can simply make a phone call!!

So where have I been… I wont bore you with every round, but I’ll give you a brief run down of things!! I started playing in NSW for the ALPG Pro-Ams with some satisfying results to get me back into competition mode after a little break. We played 5 Pro-Ams, and my results ranged from 3rd to 17th..

Then from here onto NSW Open which in the past I have had some great results, but wasn’t quite the week I was hoping for, with me finishing 40th.

Now onto NZ Open. I was fortunate enough to play the first 2 rounds with Lydia Ko, so as you could imagine we had half of NZ watching which was great! Over the 3 days I played some solid, golf but still felt a little rusty to put it together for all 3 rounds, finishing up 40 odd place..

Next on the calendar was the RACV Volvik Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast- I love this event as all of my family comes up and they make it their holiday!! It was an average week on course for me, felt like I was hitting it ok, but my short game wasn’t there to save me, and after 4 rounds, of, Even, +1, +2, -1 on a course where birdies are usually flying, it put me mid 30s for the week. Hope to build on this the following week at the Australian Open.

I was really looking forward to this event, as it was at my home course. I think there are definitely pros and cons to this, but I was hoping there were more pros!!

I was happy with how my practice went for the week, and even the first round I got off to a solid start with early birdies which always settles me in nicely, but my second round was a scramble, and I was fighting very hard as I knew I was on the cut line, and I made a double bogey on the par 3 16th. And kind of shattered my chances of playing on the weekend.. I finished +3 for the event and the cut was even par. Very disappointed with this week… But onwards and upwards as they say. Down to 13th Beach we went. At least I had nice memories from last year to cheer me up!!

We were served 3 tough opening days and 1 really calm day! I played my best golf in the tougher conditions, and on the final day I guess I had nothing to lose, I was positioned 5th, and 8 behind, so I decided I would play quite aggressive! Mmmmm maybe that backfired on me a little!! I shot +5 for the day and dropped to 15th position, so yes I was disappointed with my finish, but it was the end to a long 6-week stretch for me, and I really enjoyed the Vic Open, mixed with the men! Was a great atmosphere!

So now for a week off, which just quietly I was looking forward to!! I just went back to the farm, caught up with some friends and did some practice to get ready for our next event, World Ladies Championship in China!

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  • Comment by Eric Anderson — March 3, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    Stacey, great blog, you tell it as it is, the way it should be. I can sense your disappointment. Golf has a way of ding this to people playing at all levels – I know and it’s so frustrating but remember ‘when the going gets tough the tough get going’. Stick to your practice plan for improvement, i’m like a ‘broken record’ on this particularly encouraging people to make their wedge and putter competitive weapons along with the ‘can do’ attitude based on belief, patience, and ‘one shot at a time’. ‘Head up’ and go into the World Ladies Championship in China with your practice in your pocket and an achievable objective of a top ten finish. Play well and good luck.

  • Comment by Stephen Gately — March 4, 2014 @ 12:06 am

    Stacey, all the best for the northern hemisphere summer on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Comment by John Snowdenr — March 4, 2014 @ 12:51 am

    Was good to catch up at 13th Beach.

    All the best for the rest of 2014.

    Cheers John Snowden

  • Comment by Rob McGregor — March 4, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    As a member at Sanctuary LaKes I take pleasure in following your progress.
    Not all great results but I am sure that if you hang there they will come.
    Good luck in Europe [and the US?].
    Regards,
    Rob

  • Comment by Graeme Glasson — March 4, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

    Hi Stacey,
    Ronda and I follow every round as do many people at Sanctuary Lakes. i love your blog it tells us how you go and how you feel. All the best for Europe and anything else that comes up in the northern summer.
    Cheers
    Graeme

  • Comment by Gary Widdop — March 4, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

    Keep digging away Stacey!!

  • Comment by jeff barnes — March 5, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    Good luck in China Stace. Hope to see you back in the UK, once the floods have subsided. At HCPGC we now have water features (lakes with Swans swimming on them!) on 1, 13,16,18.

  • Comment by Gail Potts — March 11, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

    Hi Stacey. Hi from Canberra. We all missed not having you, Darren and the ‘rest of the girls’ here in Canberra – it felt strange! We’ve been following you and sending out good vibes but unfortunately they weren’t strong enough. You are a brilliant and determined golfer so your time will come again very soon. Good luck in China and all your northern hemisphere tournaments. Take care, great hitting and love to you and Darren. Potts family

  • Comment by Bruce Davies — March 16, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

    Hi Stacey,
    I do hope this year goes well for you and I will continue to follow your progress with interest. I am back home in NZ managing a golf course so if you are ever in this part of the world please contact me. Live the dream, play well….Bruce

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