As many of you know, my major target this year was to progress through all the stages of the Web.Com Tour qualifying tournaments and gaining playing status on the Web.Com tour as the major pathway to the PGA Tour. After a year of preparation I felt that my game was as good as it could be with all things considered. I was lucky enough to play the Highland Oaks Golf Club on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Dothan, Alabama. The course was presented in great condition with fantastic weather all week.
I got off to a steady start with rounds of 2 under par and 1 under par respectively. On a course with challenging green complexes, I positioned the ball well and didn’t make too many errors and at this point I was feeling quite good about my game.
After the halfway mark I was in a tie for 14th and in good position to be one of the top 22 to go through to the next stage. Challenging starts in both my 3rd and 4th rounds left me fighting my way back to the cut line on both days. During the 3rd round I was 3 over par through 6 holes and the final round I was 4 over par through 7 holes. Despite these challenging starts I shot rounds of even par and 1 under par respectively leaving me on a total of -4 and in a tie for 26th, 1 shot outside of the cut line unfortunately.
To come so close and leave with nothing from a playing status perspective is not without it’s disappointments, particularly with my slow starts in rounds 3 and 4. On the other hand I need to look at my progress over the past 12 months and I can see and feel how much better my game has become. I can see the upward trend and am extremely encouraged and only further motivated by this minor setback along the path of my achieving goals.
My next event is the Victorian PGA championship at the RACV Cape Schank Resort on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula starting on the 11th of October.