Date: April 11, 2011

Rookie update: Keating returns from Morocco

By Stacey Keating Well well, March had being and gone, and of course had its share of ups and downs, but lots of fun along the way. Early in March I didn t have a lot on, just some good practice time with my coach Steven, played a few corporate days, and a Pro- Am at Phillip Island where I finished 2nd, which was nice! Then the practice was done and time to head to Morocco for the first European event (outside Australia). I arrived safe and sound without my luggage in Sunday evening! Got my clubs so all was ok, thanks to a friend whose clothes I wore until they arrived on Wednesday! Practice seemed to be going well, yet wasn t hitting my driver as well as I would like, and with fairways that seemed 10 yrds wide this would prove tough for the week. Teeing off Thursday afternoon I was a little tense, and I guess excited to get into things- It didn t start how I would have liked, but steadied myself on the back nine to minimise the damage at +3, (75) for the day. Then day 2, I was feeling good leading into it and started off steady, but let things really slip on the back nine. Yes it was playing very tough, but I just didn t handle myself or the conditions very well. Felt like I did the smallest things wrong that cost me so much out there. I singed my card for a +7, (79) to miss the cut by one shot. Obviously I was very disappointed, but it&aposs all experience, and I&aposm currently sitting on the plane on my way home as I write this, surprisingly already looking forward to my next tournament! I&aposm looking forward to having a run of tournaments so I can feel settled and get into a groove. So now home to watch the Masters, and get some good preparation in for my next trip to play potentially 6 events in a row in Europe starting in Turkey. Good golfing! Stacey Keating is a former National Squad member and current member of Golf Australia&aposs Rookie Professional Program. In 2011 Stacey holds full membership of the Ladies European Tour.