I am choosing to look back on June as a good month given that I successfully qualified for both the Westchester Open and the New York State Open. I also played really great from tee to green at the Massachusetts Open. However, at the end of the month, I found myself feeling a little unsatisfied. I felt like I had lot more in reserves and I never really got out of 2nd gear. Frustrating, but a good problem to have I guess. I will come back to that.
The Massachusetts Open was hosted at a spectacular club named Greathorse in the western part of the state. I shot scores of 70, 75, and 73 to finish in T16th position. Pretty high scoring partly due to the course and condition difficulty. With a better putting performance, I’m right in contention to win that week. I missed numerous putts inside 8 feet and had 6 three putts over the three rounds. However, the rest of my game was really good so I left the event knowing that if I corrected my inadequacies on the greens moving forward I will be in better position to win.
At the NY State Open qualifier I shot 72 to finish T6th and progress comfortably. The less said about the golf course it was hosted at the better. It was quirky, bouncy and almost every hole had Out of Bounds looming just off the fairway. I really had to rely on all the work I have done on the non-physical parts of my game to get around that golf course. Job done.
At the Westchester Open qualifier I shot 70 to finish T2nd and this will lead me back into the frustration I touched on in the opening paragraph. I played beautifully, 3 under par through 11 holes, and the failure to press on and shoot a low score, again, irritated me. Don’t get me wrong, I recognise my game is in a really good place and I have had excellent results in the past 18 months which has brought me great satisfaction. But it is time to take my game to the next level. We should always be looking to improve ourselves, one step at a time. It is time for me to become more ruthless, more selfish and more aggressive when I compete. I will practice harder. I will practice smarter and I am excited about where I can take this for the rest of 2018.