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New Season 2009

Date: 10/05/2009

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I have enjoyed soooo much time at home this winter that I have almost forgotten what its like to be a touring golf professional. Its been lovely actually to have more time than usual to spend with the family, friends and on other interests we never get time for when travelling. I went to friends in Switzerland skiing for 5 days in March and loved every second of the trip! I know that might seem like a pretty stupid thing to do when youre a golf professional but I have been wanting to do that since I pulled out of a school skiing trip because I had been chosen to play golf for England and might get injured.almost 16 years ago!!!! Wow.

This year the season starts in Switzerland and we have more gaps than usual due to the current financial climate. I m not complaining though as the older I get the nicer it is to choose tournaments you enjoy and not exhaust yourself trying to play 8 in a row in case you miss something.These days 2 or 3 tournaments in a row is more than enough. Going by that this year should suit me down to the ground because that is just what we have.

Im excited to get started again as its been 2 months since playing in Australia and it will be nice to get them competitive juices flowing. I learnt a lot about myself in Australia under the pressure of the camera spotlight so I am intrigued to see how that experience will help me in future tournaments. My game feels good at the moment, I have been working with Graham Walker at the Oaks on my swing and different parts of my game and I feel with the work I have done in the gym during the winter it is all starting to come together. I am also hitting my driver further, which has been something I have wanted to improve for a while now.


Australian Open

Date: 15/02/2009

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Sunday had arrived and after a very busy Saturday I was left alone to warm up without distraction, something I felt a bit disappointed about to tell you the truth. On the course Simon and I had decided to enjoy the day and see what was out there, meaning lets go out with no expectations!

After a great par at the first I three putted the second hole and then played some lovely golf missing two sitters for birdie along the way. We started the back 9 solid with a great par at the long tenth and then a birdie at the short eleventh. Getting that putt to drop was a real boost only to give it back to a stupid 3 putt at the 13th The wind had picked up now and the greens were the fastest they has been all week, slick would be the term I would use and almost frightening at times. I fought back with two birdies at 14 and 15 to be at 2 under par for the tournament and in 6th place. The sixteenth hole was a great little par four with a wicked pin position on Sunday. I hit two great shots and found myself 5 feet from the hole but on the wrong side!!! I opted to not go for the birdie and almost lag the putt down the hill. Maybe a silly decision looking back but I made a par and par on that hole on Sunday afternoon was a good score.

The seventeenth hole had been nasty to us all week so determined not to give it another one of my shots I stupidly tried to play conservatively. This ended up in a bogey as I avoided the danger we had hit all week and found alternative trouble on the other side of the green. On the eighteenth I was eager to hit the fairway unfortunately despite being only a couple of yards off the right of the fairway we had unluckily found probably the longest clump of rough around bare ground on the course. I tried to hit a solid shot out up the right hand side of the green away from the trouble but the thickness of the rough had already closed the clubface on contact and it was heading for my favourite bunker! Unfortunately a slightly heavy bunker shot and a shy putt 3 inches short in the jaws and I had bogeyed the last hole to finish 1 over for the day and level par for the tournament. I was gutted and annoyed with myself after having fought so well all day in the wind, to finish with two stupid bogeys was heartbreaking. I eventually finished in a tie for 13th place, which is my best ever finish in the Australian Open but when you finish like that it does tend to leave a sour taste in your mouth for the long journey home.

All in all I enjoyed the week, I learnt a lot and I enjoyed the coverage I received for my sponsors and myself. Also with being so busy on Saturday I almost forgot about Valentines Day, which is never a bad thing when youre single!!!!


Australian Open

Date: 14/02/2009

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So this is what I have been working so hard for ! I had to remember just that when I started my pre-round warm up on Saturday morning. As soon as I walked into the clubhouse eyes were on me, fellow competitors and volunteers congratulated me on my round and as soon as we walked onto the putting green I was asked to do a short introduction piece for ABC. I remember thinking next time Im in this position Ill get to the golf course a little earlier so there is enough time for all the added extras a good score brings. This week is slightly different though, out here the television coverage is a live feed covering the top few matches and today because I will be in the last match out with the leader Lee of Korea, we are featured all 18 holes!!! Something I have always longed to be involved in. I now know what the men feel like every week. It is very different as there are 2 or 3 cameras on you while you are playing every shot, which results in a bit of a circus around you as you move your way around the course. Also not forgetting the on-course commentary which was done by a guy called Aussie and the statistic people relaying how far my ball had travelled etcMe and Simon had a right laugh about that as I had said the previous day that I was 5 months into a strength and conditioning program and that it was still in transition but that I had noticed a difference of 20 yards off the teeAs I slapped a high right to left weak shot off the first tee down the middle of the fairway I turned to Simon and said I bet the commentators are thinking wow just how short was she before!!!!! Thankfully I got over my first tee nerves after a solid par at the first and managed to resume the length I had found earlier in the week.
Aussie I was introduced to on the putting green as well and he asked about the possibility of asking me a few questions in between shots while we were out therewhat can you say but yes, to be honest he was the least of my worries as anyone who knows me knows I dont struggle with talking either on or off the golf course!!! Saturday turned out to be a hectic day, after a good start I got in my own way a little on the front nine holes but then my form returned as I relaxed into the circus and I managed to play a great seven holes from the turn and finish on four over par for the day. This put me back into 13th position and although slightly disappointing my swing had held up as well as my nerves on the back nine and all in all it had been a great learning experience. With one day to go nobody had made a move and I was 3 off the lead going into the last day.


Australian Open

Date: 13/02/2009

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Friday I was out early with very little wind to begin with and eventually started to make use of that fact as the putts now for birdie started to drop. I had 26 putts both days and struck the ball lovely today, which left me with a 5 under par 68 and in tied, second place with Karie Webb. I didnt realise on the course as the putts were dropping what a reaction I would have waiting for me when I finished the round. I was immediately swept off to be interviewed by ABC and then to a press conference and then to a lunch to answer some more questions about my round. Not quite what I have been used to but something I would love to do more of. I remember thinking so this is what I have been working so hard for


Australian Open

Date: 12/02/2009

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Thursday was a very difficult day at Metropolitan, 30 mph winds and I was out in the worst of it at 1.10 in the afternoon. Thanks to my friend Liz Esterl noticing that my arms were stuck out in my putting the day before I managed to single putt the first four greens and knew it was going to be a fight all day. I was exhausted by the end of the day but I hadnt given up fighting for my pars and that gave me a level par opener to build on.


Australian Open

Date: 11/02/2009

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I had to laugh this morning when I saw my starting tee for the pro-am13! Im not normally superstitious but after last week and my last trip to Australia (which was a nightmare) I am beginning to wonder why I left home.
All went well today though, I played with a lovely couple and their friend from Huntingdale GC. Trell was the Captain at Huntingdale where they had the mens European Tour event not too long ago. I played ok, got to know my local caddie Simon and made a plan of action for around this golf course.


Australian Open

Date: 10/02/2009

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A new week, a new city and a cracking golf course! We have flown to Melbourne for the Australian Open that is held at Metropolitan GC. Some of us have paid more than others for the flightI was stung with a 200$ excess charge for my clubs on the way downJust to put the end to a fantastic week!!! Anyway back to this week.. What a track! Metropolitan is one of the renowned sand belt courses around the Melbourne area. It reminds me very much of Sunningdale, very sandy, great turf, tricky slick greens, huge treesa proper golf course. I cant wait to get out there!
They have been having some really hot weather down here recently, well into the 40s and unfortunately that has sparked bush fires that are out of control. Hundreds of people are feared to have been caught in the fires and as the days unfold the TV crews bring more harrowing stories and the death toll risesIt seems ridiculous to be playing a golf tournament while 20kms away some families have lost everything they own. We can even smell the smoke from the fires at the golf course. There is going to be a bushfire appeal during the tournament, Im sure all the players will do what they can to help.


ANZ Ladies Masters

Date: 06/02/2009

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Day two at Pines hasnt gone well at all. We started playing well from the 10th hole with four pars and then came to the 14th. I had hit my tee shot over the flag but it had taken a big bounce and rolled just into the bunker 10 yards behind the pin. My playing partner was also in the bunker but was 15 yards from me. After watching Jo mills play her shot out of the bunker I was eyeing up my shot as I heard her scream out stop! She was actually yelling at Jayson who in an effort to help was attempting to rake Jos footmarks before I had played my shot. As we all should know that is a two shot penalty for my caddy testing the sand in the bunker before I had playedI know a stupid rule but a rule all the same. I was obviously gutted as I knew the penalty straight away and it was hard to accept because I hadnt had anything to do with it! What made it worse was that I was also gutted for Jayson that had done an outstanding job up to then, shown maturity beyond his years and whose head went lower than his belly button when he realised what he had done. Poor Jayson! I spent the next few holes trying to cheer him up and put a brave face on my heartbreak. I dropped a few more shots to the turn and then made two birdies in a back 9 of quality golf. Unfortunately we missed the cut by 1 in the end and left the gold coast without taming Royal Pines again!


ANZ Ladies Masters

Date: 05/02/2009

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A very good first day at the ANZ Masters. I hit the ball lovely and finally started holing some putts on these grainy greens. If you have ever read my blogs previously from Royal Pines you will know that I think these greens have a mind of their own, however I have worked hard on improving my stroke and I must say I have seen a big difference on how the ball moves on the green this year. I had 30 putts, still left a couple out there but it is a huge improvement on my normal 35 around this golf course. My ball striking was very encouraging, hitting 14 greens and even more exciting is that I have picked up 20 yards of length off the tee!!! Two par 5s that I normally have to lay up on I went for with 3 wood and reached both resulting in two easy birdies. I am so delighted with this as length is a key area that I have wanted to improve over the winter and thanks to my new training program it seems to all be fitting into place. The only disappointing part of the whole round was making bogey on the last hole. I hit the fairway bunker from the tee and just couldnt get to the pin. However 1 under par (30th position) is a good start to the new season and filled with positives.


ANZ Ladies Masters

Date: 04/02/2009

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Wow its hot! 35 degrees today and 45 down in Melbournewhere we go next!! Hopefully it will get a little cooler before we arrive, I dont fancy my chances in 45 degrees. I have only played once in over 40 degrees and its no fun! I was seeing stars on the 10th and nearly passed out on the back 9. My friend Jayson Mathiou is going to caddy for me this week, he is a budding golfer himself and despite only being 15 years old plays off a handicap of 4. I have great hopes for him as he has a fantastic temperament for golf and is a lovely lad to boot. We should have some fun!

Its the pro-am today and we are playing with two local guys and Dawn Frazer the triple Olympic Gold medal winner from Australia. She is a bit of a legend out here and is a lovely woman so we should have a nice day and a good look at the golf course. My swing is changing for the better all the time at the moment as a result of my strength and conditioning program, so I am going to go with the flow which is a bit nerve wracking taking it straight out onto the course but it feels too good not to! I just have to trust it and Im sure Ill be fine!


New Season 2009

Date: 28/01/2009

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A quick start to the New Year again and its off to Australia for the first two events on the Ladies European Tour. 27th Jan and I am flying through Dubai with Emirates on my way to Brisbane for the ANZ Ladies Masters. A trip I am not looking forward toIm not a great flyer and the thought of all them hours on a full plane for the eighth year running is scaring me the more I think about it! However if you have ever travelled to Australia you will know that all that hassle to get there is more than worth it!

I am looking forward to seeing my friends The Mathious while I am over there and catch up on how much Jaysons handicap has dropped, How Bianca is enjoying college and what new sport Ben is playing at the moment. Jamie Mathiou played rugby league for Leeds Rhinos 7 years ago and moved back to Australia with Sjaan and the kids the first year I played out here. Coincidentally they live 10 mins from Royal Pines where the ANZ Ladies Masters is played and have become good friends over the years.

I have a few days to recover from jet lag before we start on the 5th February. I cant wait to get some golf played and plenty of practice in the nice weather. Apparently it is around 30 degrees at the moment so that should be interesting coming from minus figures at home. It will be a struggle but Im sure Ill manage!!


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