By Jill McGill
Special to ARMCHAIR GOLF
HELLO TO ARMCHAIR GOLF FANS. My apologies for my four-week absence. I really don’t have a valid excuse other than frustration. I’ve been in a bit of a funk, but the rain today has forced me to the computer.
I’m not much of a writer. So to figure out how to express my feelings and emotions and try to put them to a keyboard is a bit of a challenge. So, now I will do my best to summarize my last three competitive weeks.
I think that about does it. What, you want more of an explanation? I can understand, so I will do my best in the following words to describe the downward spiral.
I actually wrote a blog from Mexico City and decided not to submit it. I think there is a fine line for people interpreting what is fact from excuse. Let’s just say I feel like my hard work and positive attitude are bound to pay off.
There are three facts/excuses that occurred in the last three weeks that proved to be very trying, and it seems as though I couldn’t overcome them.
The glamorous life of a tour pro had me arriving in Mexico City on Tuesday night around 6 p.m. While waiting for transportation for an hour, we contacted our rules officials to learn our pro-am shotgun times. I was informed I would be in the afternoon at 1:30. What a relief − I was going to be able to sleep in, work out, re-group.
Upon arrival at the hotel, I double checked the official tee time sheet posted in the lobby, and boy I was glad I did. I was actually slated to play in the morning at 7:30. Fast forward to Thursday at 7:15 a.m. and I’m searching for my cart (we’re allowed carts because of the terrain and the altitude of 8000 feet). I met by the rules official and asked what I’m doing there so early. Duh! I’m playing in the pro-am.
Long and short, my day started at 4 a.m. and ended at the course at 7 p.m. Yes, like I said let’s all have a pity party for me. I get it. Fact vs. excuse. I’m taking responsibility for not overcoming the exhausting day.
I did feel I made some progress with my game. I had worked with Randy Smith in Dallas the week before and was making some inroads. Four hundred dollars later with new plane tickets in our hands, my husband and I headed for the airport with our luggage and positive attitudes looking forward to Phoenix.
Luckily, Patrick’s friend (and our housing for the week) graciously and hospitably made us a wonderful dinner to relax after our four-hour plane ride and six-hour drive from LA to Phoenix.
Off Monday morning to play our new golf course and fine tune my progress with my game. For those of you curious about what a practice round entails, the key elements are observation, tedious notes about breaks and grain, and strategy. Even the most straightforward golf course requires a plan of attack.
With my practice, workouts, check up with Stan Utley, and positive pro-am experience, I was ready to attack on Thursday. Instead I was met with a defeating wind.
Again, fact or excuse?
There are many girls who got the job done. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them. I still had great intentions of a turnaround the next day. I posted a 3-over par and that wasn’t good enough.
So, what to do when you are down the road two weeks in a row? There isn’t anything you can do but go and cheer on your husband’s alma mater, Oklahoma, in March Madness.
Next time: The year’s first major
For more on Jill, visit JillMcGill.com and see her last report, Singapore, at ARMCHAIR GOLF.