My Open Experience
I’ve been fortunate enough to walk inside the ropes with Karrie Webb now on a hand full of occasions, and she does an amazing job for the young Australian girls - both amateurs and professional coming through the ranks.
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rriving in Edinburgh, Scotland late Tuesday afternoon after 30 hours in transit, the cool fresh weather is a welcome change from Kuala Lumpur.

Wednesday is a great morning, as Stacey is teeing it up with Karrie Webb – the three time British Open champion, along with tour veterans, Karen Lunn and Meaghan Francella. Conditions were perfect, with little to no wind, with the highlight of the day being a hole on one on the 8th by Stacey. I must say, I’ve been fortunate enough to walk inside the ropes with Karrie Webb now on a hand full of occasions, and she does an amazing job for the young Australian girls – both amateurs and professional coming through the ranks. Along with the world-class level she plays the game at, Karrie is a world-class person and having the opportunity to able to watch and chat about her game first hand is always a learning experience.




Heading into the 1st round, Stacey is feeling good about her game. The week before the Open, her driving had been a bit of an issue though after a solid driving display during practice and warming up on the range things looked in order.  With rain forecast for the day, Stacey got off to a shaky start with her opening two tee shots going well left as she struggled early 3 over after 2. Though once settled in Stacey began to hit greens giving herself plenty of opportunities though just unable to convert the birdies today.  Although Stacey signed for a 79 and she was obviously disappointed she really played a lot better than the score indicated and hung in there well living to fight another day.

I know being the fast learner that Stacey is, she will take so much from this experience and be ready to put her best foot forward once again in the near future.

Onto day 2, with a fresh outlook. Stacey gets off to a solid start, hitting the first 12 greens in regulation. A mixed day with the putter and unable to hole enough birdie putts, she stumbled to a 6 over 78. Again, not a day of golf that really reflected on the scorecard and as ‘Cliché’ as it may sound, a great few days which we have to put down to experience. Overall, Stacey gave herself 7/10 for her ball striking and certainly struck the ball well enough to shoot a solid number. Though in golf sometimes, when you get on the wrong side of par, it can be hard to get it back, and on the tough Carnoustie greens, it proved hard to find birdies out there with only three for the week making it an uphill battle.




Saturday morning was spent visiting the Old Course at St Andrews – about 40 minutes from Carnoustie. What a great surprise to me. So much history at the home of golf.  A perfect day to sit on the famous bridge on the 18th hole and road hole bunker on 17th hole and get some great photos taken. Although I didn’t get to play the course, you could really smell the history in the air of St Andrews, and this was one experience I’ll remember for a long time. Thanks to Stace and Daz 🙂

Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning were spent debriefing the week at the Open.  Preparing for next weeks Irish Open discussing and working on areas where improvements could be made. The challenging thing is, it’s hard to replicate the feeling of that major championship week. The course conditions, the challenging greens and the pressures and emotions of that week. Ultimately it comes down to being able to put yourself in position to compete and eventually step up the ladder of success – be it your local club championship, amateur event or vying for a PGA Tour title. I know being the fast learner that Stacey is, she will take so much from this experience and be ready to put her best foot forward once again in the near future.

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