Date: June 18, 2009

Rebecca Flood blog: Next stop Ireland

Well another week has just flown by. Julia and Stacey spent the week on the outskirts of London staying with a friend and practicing at Hampton Court Palaces Golf Club. They were so kind to let them use their facilities. I spent the week down in South London at the Gary Edwin Golf Academy, with head coach Luke Ringrose. It was a good few days practice and then we headed up to Harlech, Wales, by train. A solid six hour train ride for the British Amateur. Most of you are probably thinking how boring a train ride for 6 hrs is and they were my thoughts exactly until the trip was nicely broken up when the train hit a cow! Yes, a cow in the middle of the track, and no, it wasn&apost a pretty ending! Naturally, the views of the countryside were beautiful. We arrived safe and sound in the small town of Harlech -not much around except a castle! We had our practice round and again a very links style of golf course. I am starting to get used to the different styles and really enjoy them. The first round didn&apost go as well as all of us would have liked. It was quite windy making it tough out there. Stacey shot +4, Julia +12 and myself +5. After the first round the cut line was sitting at +5. The top 64 went into matchplay. But we were all staying positive and looking forward to day two. In Round Two, Julia and Stacey were off at the crack of dawn, and I wasn&apost until midday. Perfect conditions and a day that offered low scoring. Both Julia and Stacey having played respectable golf, with Stace having +2 to make her +6 and Julia +3 total +15. They both had a long day to wait for the afternoon scores to come in and for the cut to be made. I was feeling confident heading out but knowing I had to shoot around even par to be sure to be inside the top 64, and giving myself a shot at the match play. With my boyfriend Geoff having arrived from Australia on Tuesday night and on the bag on Wednesday, it was nice to have someone out there with me giving me confidence! Played solidly through 9 holes and knowing there was three short par 5&aposs ahead, it was all looking positive. But it wasn&apost the 9 holes of golf i would like to remember- making only par&aposs on the par 5&aposs and dropping 2 shots on the closing three holes, to then find out i had missed the cut by one stroke. There was still hope that an Aussie could win the Women&aposs British Amateur Stacey made the top 64, qualifying 44th. Geoff put his hand up to caddy for Stacey in the Match Play. She was drawn to play Lucy Williams. It was a great match, with some high quality golf played by both girls. Stace was 3 down at the turn, but pegged her way back to level though 14, but a costly bogey on 15 left her one down and it stayed that way. Lucy won the 17th and that was it, 2&1. It ended up being an all Spanish final, and Azahara Munoz ended up taking out the title, 2&1. It a great match, and so good to see where we need to get our games. This was Azahara&aposs last tournament before turning pro, so a nice way to go out! So now we are back off to practice in London before leaving for Ireland on Thursday to play the Irish 72 hole event at Douglas Golf Club.