The Rise and Steady Rise of Stacey Keating
A running gag Stacey and I have going is that we've tagged her with the title ‘Steady Stace’
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’ve written a number of blogs on Stacey Keating over the past year, though this blog will look at the progress Stacey has made throughout her amateur career and over her rookie session on the Ladies European Tour. A running gag Stacey and I have going is that we’ve tagged her with the title ‘Steady Stace’. Sometimes she gets annoyed with this, but it’s a tag that she’s lived up to and its held her in good stead over the years. I liken her progress over the past seven years to that of a fundamentally sound blue chip stock, always on a slight upward trend with a few peaks and troughs along the way.



It’s fair to say that we’ve seen many players that have leaped too high too fast, unable to forfill their talent levels for quite a few years afterwards, or not at all! Those of you may remember a young Justin Rose electing to turn pro after holing a pitch shot during the 1998 British Open at just 17 years of age. Rose went on to miss 21 consecutive cuts in professional tournaments and upon seeking some expert advice from the likes of Nick Bradley, he eventually rose to prominence on the world stage of golf. No pun intended! Though I believe this was simply a case of trying to run before he could walk, Rose went into a downward spiral crashing out of the game. This must have been a massive shot to his inner confidence. It took him a long time to build himself and his game back up to the world-class level we see today!


The American phenom, Michelle Wei, was set to concur the world back in the mid 2000’s and a week before her 16th birthday Wie announced she was turning professional. Accompanied by an enormous amount of hype and endorsements she was unable to join a tour due to age restrictions. Wei decided to take the pathway of playing on sponsor’s exemptions on the men’s PGATour and not officially join the LPGA until December 2008. To date she has yet to make a cut in any of these PGATour events. Quite simply she hadn’t learnt how to win amongst her own peers first and like Rose these constant failures in these mens events put a large dent in her confidence. Coupled with some injury problems she’s had to deal with over the years Wei has had to build up her game and confidence again on the LPGA Tour and I think it’s safe to say we haven’t seen the best of her.


So back to Stacey, as mentioned earlier being the steady performer has held her in good stead over the years. Yes she’s had her down trends; unable to break 80 for the first 8 months when she first came from the country to develop her game in Melbourne. In 2008 she missed national selection for World Cup and lost the Australian Amateur Championship final. A year later she would make a ten in her 2nd last round at European Tour School; this ultimately cost her a full tour card and, after securing her card the following year, Stacey missed 4 of her first 5 cuts in 2011 as a professional on tour. Though, these are merely blimps on the radar in Stacey’s up trending amateur and now professional career. Over the years and especially during tough times I’ve been able to get Stacey to buy into the theory that, she is on a pathway of constant and gradual improvement. And it’s really helped her to put things into perspective during tough times.

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do”

Making huge gains has lots of upside, but you still have to be comfortable in your own skin. Whether it be jumping from B grade to A grade competition or going from the Nationwide Tour to the PGATour. Dropping big chunks off your handicap and improving scores is certainly what drives most golfers to practice and improve; but also remember golf is about the journey not the destination. Stay patient and understand that improvement will most likely take the shape of gradual and steady with occasional peaks and troughs. We have to learn to understand these trends and ride them out, not jump off the wagon when things get tough or seek any piece of advice that might make sense at the time. I hope this helps to put things into perspective no matter what level your games is at and encourages you to stick to the process of improvement, through the good and challenging times.

 

Below are a few of the highlights and lowlights of Stacey’s career:

2005 – Struggles to break 80 for the first 8 months after moving to the city from country Victoria

2006 – Captures the Victorian Amateur Championship

2007 – Wins twice internationally in Ireland and England.

2008 – Loses final of the Australian Amateur Championship

2008 – Makes her LPGA Tour debut courtesy of her win in the Canadian Amateur Championship

2008 – Misses National selection for World Cup Team and fails to qualify for US amateur singles

2009 – Makes a 10 during the 2nd last round of European Tour School missing her tour card by a few shots.  Stacey decides to play another year of amateur golf rather than take a conditional card.

2010 – Dominates women’s golf in Australia winning 6 events and capturing the Australian Amateur Championship

2010 – Earns LET Card finishing 3rd at Tour School in her second attempt

2011 – Misses 4 cuts in her rookie year on Tour and considers coming home

2011 – Posts 5 top 10 finishes in her last 7 events on Tour

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11 Comments


  1. Oct 26, 2011
    10:59 pm

    John Graham

    True Inner Belief.

    That is what it is all about.

    Great job you two.

    JG


  2. Oct 31, 2011
    5:31 am

    Jill Carey

    Great read!
    I have heard great things about this girl..
    Good work to you both, Im sure for you its great to be apart of it all.
    Hard work from both ends no doubt.
    Keep it up

    Jill


    • Oct 31, 2011
      5:37 am

      steven

      Hi Jill,
      Stacey has certainly come a long way in a short time, it’s been a great ride!
      Thanks for your comment and the support
      All the best
      Steven


  3. Oct 31, 2011
    10:22 am

    Cindy Harrington

    Steven, this is gold. As an avid investor in more than golf, i love the analogy of Stace compared to a blue chip share, you have hit the nail on the head. She is a credit to you and herself and the hard work is paying off for both of you. I look forward to following your continued success over the coming years


    • Oct 31, 2011
      10:28 am

      steven

      Hi Cindy,
      Thanks for the feedback I thought I might of drawn a few avid investors into this post. I’ve heard Stacey has mentioned you many times, so thanks for your support and look forward to meeting up with you sometime.
      Cheers
      Steven


  4. Nov 3, 2011
    2:32 am

    Stacey Keating

    Thanks guys!! 🙂 Its all lots of fun for me…


    • Nov 3, 2011
      9:38 am

      steven

      And for me 🙂


    • Nov 8, 2011
      4:38 am

      Rose

      You are such a hard worker Stace, we are so proud of you! Onwards & upwards for you! xo


      • Nov 8, 2011
        4:45 am

        steven

        Yes she is Rose, thanks for posting 🙂


  5. Nov 13, 2011
    12:31 am

    Steve Turner

    Great read and good level headed inspiration.
    It probably gets hard to improve the better you get but so much is in the mind which in most cases is what counts in the end.


    • Nov 13, 2011
      4:56 am

      steven

      Steve glad you enjoyed the read and thanks for your comments, very true!

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