Date: July 14, 2008

Keating blog: Trying to take Buffalo by the horns

Stacey Keating writes: Another tournament has been and gone. Immediately after the US Amateur qualifying I began my next tournament. The Colorado Stroke Play held at Buffalo Run Golf Course. I only got to have a brief look at the course prior to the first round because of the US Amateur qualifying the day prior. The first round I really struggled with my ball striking and was a real grind out there all day and to make things worse the course felt so short after playing Colorado Golf Club. I finished that round shooting at two-over (74). There was a few 68 s and 69 s in as expected. Then the next round in the first nine I sort of got things going from tee to green but struggled with the flat stick. Then I began to hole a few putts on the back and had 4 birdies. So finished the day at five-under, 67. Very happy to get a nice round in there, and then I was placed 4th, 4 shots back. So I was playing in the 2nd last group, not ideal but I knew if I shot a reasonable round today I could go close. I struggled all day on the greens. Just couldn’t get anything going, turning through nine at two over par. Then birdies on 11 and 13 put me back to even par for the day and three under for the tournament. At this stage all of the leaders had dropped off and I was sitting in second place 2 shots back. Then I had pars on 14, 15 and 16. Then on the 17th, a par 3, I flew the green and ended in a water hazard (I had taken the 10% for the conversions of yards to meters, and I had taken the 10% for the difference in altitude but I must have forgotten to take the 10% for adrenalin!!) I made up and down for a bogey, now sitting at two-under; thinking I can still make birdie on the last and possibly get into a play off. A par five with water carry to the green for your second shot. Yes of course I went for the green in 2 but didn t pull it off. Wet again for the second consecutive hole and not feeling great about it. I took a bogey and finished the day at two-over and one-under for the tournament. I finished in 3rd place and the leader finished at 3-under. Overall it was great to be in contention but disappointed to not be able to pull it off. I m sure I will take a lot from his one though. Now I am sitting waiting to board a plane to North Carolina to meet up with Kristie Smith and Steph Na for the North and South Amateur at Pinehurst! Very excited.