Boy it has been a busy month.
I won't bore you with all of the traveling I have done and all of the rest I have not gotten to take. But I will say that it has been a pretty good last few weeks with the golf game moving in the right direction.
I feel like I'm really starting to get where I want to be in my golf game. I'm really hitting the ball solid and consistent and my short game has been able to get me out of most jams in which I've put myself.
I've only played in two events since last writing, both being pretty good events. I played really well for the first 3 days of the State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill., and found myself tied for the lead going into Sunday's final round.
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Unfortunately, I never got my Sunday going in the direction that I wanted it to go, and I gradually fell down the leaderboard. I don't think that people really realize how tough it is to put four solid rounds of golf together out here. And that is definitely what you have to do in order to get to lift that trophy on Sunday.
Right after State Farm, we went to Havre de Grace, Md., just outside of Baltimore, for our LPGA McDonald's Championship, our second major of the season. Coming off a good first major, I was confident with my golf game and ready to tackle another major. With my good ball-striking as of late, I feel like my game sets up well for a major.
The same was holding true for the McDonald's event.
Everyone says you just need to
make a lot of pars in majors and you will find your way to the top of the board. Well, I would agree with that statement. I had a solid four rounds of golf, shooting 70 in each round. I was able to play the first 52 holes of the tournament without making a bogey. And if you're not making many bogeys in majors, you're probably moving up the board a bit. So my 8-under par found me in a tie for 5th at the end of Sunday's round.
The top 5 in a major was huge because it is a Solheim year and points are worth double in majors. So with that finish I was able to jump up the points standings a bit to seventh place, which was a huge move. For those of you who don't know, we have five more events until the Solheim Cup Team is selected.
The top 10 in the points make the team, then two captain's picks are added to form a team of 12 to represent the USA. Of those five events, we have two more majors. So I need a solid next couple of months in order to reserve my spot on the team to represent our country.
Captain Beth Daniel invited myself and 10 others out to Rich Leg 2
Harvest Farms, just outside of Chicago, for a team practice session right after McDonald's. Just being out at that place and getting a taste of what it could be like in August is enough to really make a girl want to play some great golf and get on that team.
The entire place is unbelievable. As if I didn't already have enough motivation, but to play the course twice with the potential team makes me really focus hard on this next stretch of tournaments to stay in the top 10 in the points.
The team is decided at the conclusion of the British Open. So the next time I check in with my hometown crowd, I hope to be set in the top 10 of that list. I hope to not only represent my home state of South Carolina, but the United States of America in the 2009 Solheim Cup.
Between now and then I know I must get on my horsey and bring some good golf to the table.
So until then, stay cool and keep hittin' 'em straight.