For a number of personal reasons it was difficult to keep up to date with my blog over the past year but my new years resolution will be to keep it up to more regularly- starting now!
2014 was a tough year in many ways, but particularly because I was dealing the effects and injuries that I sustained in October 2013 as the result of the car crash. I was unable to play, and train as much as I had hoped and in fact had to cut short my time on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and return to England to endless more physiotherapy and rehab.
The knock on effect of all this was that it affected my confidence on the golf course, but it was not all doom and gloom. In June I once again made it through Ladies British Open Pre Qualifying at the Berkshire to go to the Final Stage at Southport and Ainsdale, which is next to Royal Birkdale. Sadly I didn’t make it through to The Ricoh Ladies British Open but once again it was a brilliant experience particularly when I noticed that I had Michelle Wie walking along in the very small gallery following my group! Not many people can claim that! She, I imagine was not there to follow me, but to support Hally Leadbetter the daughter of Michelle’s coach David whom I was paired with!
In the late summer I made some good rounds and cuts on the LET Access Series particularly in ‘Generali Open de Strasbourg’ with a very solid -4 in Round 1.
Sadly Ladies European Tour School did not quite go as intended and I missed out on progressing through Pre Qualifying by a small margin. It wasn’t at all what i had hoped for, and I was bitterly disappointed but I’ll learn.
At the beginning of 2015 I flew out to Cape Town to combine working for Cape Thoroughbred Sales with competing on the Ladies Sunshine Tour. For the first month I was based in Cape Town and helped CTS with their successful sale of Yearling Sale, and attended the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the J&B Met which were both great days racing and great fun, and certainly not at all like racing in Europe. Very long days with 12 races and all sorts of parties.
In February I travelled to Johannesburg for the first event on the Sunshine Ladies Tour which was held at Sun City which is two hours from the city. Sun City is the most extraordinary complex built in the middle of nowhere. It was also incredibly hot, and thankfully I had been in the country a month already or I might have struggled playing in 39 degree blazing heat.
After Sun City was a tournament at Glendower Golf Club in the middle of Johannesburg and a brilliant test of golf but in magically cooler conditions. We certainly have experienced all weathers so far on this tour, and not all of it was Sunshine! We travelled to George to play the Dimenson Data Ladies Pro-Am at Fancourt which is a big event on the schedule being played alongside the Men’s Sunshine Tour. Like last year we played at Oubaai, and at Fancourt. This year however we were not blessed with glorious weather from start to finish, but the most appalling wind and rain I have ever had to play in.. I felt desperately sorry for the amateurs who were out there playing for supposed fun, it must have been grim!
Following Fancourt, it was to Cape Town to play the Cape Town Open at Royal Cape Golf Club, a course I know well. The wind blew, and I had two decent event rounds to have a top 10 finish without a single 3 putt for the only time this year so far- need I say more!
It was then back to Johannesburg and last week we played at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington the day after the Men’s event on the European Tour which was fun, especially playing their final day pin positions.
Next week will be my sadly be my final event at Pretoria Country Country in the Tshwane Ladies Open. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time this year playing on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, and even if my scoring hasn’t always been up to scratch I am certain I will have gained valuable experience playing so much so early in the season.