Date: May 30, 2011

Rookie update: Keating makes first cut in Germany

By Stacey Keating In the coming weeks I will have my blog site ( up and running where you can see regular blogs and pictures of my season to date. It is in the process of being completed, so be sure to check it out! I arrived safe and sound in Turkey and I heard different things from many players regarding the course. Many people haven&apost found the course that favourable in the past, but I was looking forward to it, just because I want to play golf! After having a practice round, I could see why people thought it was tough: some really tight fairways with a lot of water surrounding fairways and greens, and some especially tough finishing holes. My first round started off steady, and nothing really felt like it was going my way, like unexpected bounces, plugged in bunker, misjudging the wind and the next thing I knew I was +5 for the round. The second day started off rough, and when this happens it sort of makes you feel like you&aposre behind the 8 ball before you start. I didn t really get things going much more after this, a couple of birdies followed by a bogey meant I was to miss the cut by 2 shots. Clearly missing a cut makes you feel down, but the good thing is, I have a tournament the following week, so now off to Portugal! We arrived into Portugal early on Tuesday and my game was starting to feel better, and I guess I was feeling more comfortable with my new surrounds (Tour life) and I was just trying to get used to playing professional golf. I started off steadily again, but couldn’t seem to get the putts to sink. Story of a golfer&aposs life I guess! A couple of birdies followed by a few more bogeys leave me after day 1 at +3 and some work to do to make the cut. Nothing really happened for me during day 2 either, and a double bogey on my 8th hole really made it tough. I fought hard, and played some solid golf, but only 1 bogey on the back 9 wasn t going to make it. So I left the course feeling a little down, but it never takes me long to get over it. So now off to Germany for what is meant to be one of the best events for the season! My practice went quite well and again was feeling more and more comfortable playing professionally. My first round I got it going quite well, but a couple of dropped shots on the back left me at -1, but still feeling great heading into day 2. Again Day 2, my ball striking was going well, dropped a few putts, made some good and bad decisions on course and finished with 1 under again and made the cut by 2 shots. This is defiantly going to help me find my feet out here and gain some confidence. Day 3 to be honest went much the same, and guess what – 1 under 71! 3 rounds of 71 to be 39th! On the final day I didn t have a lot to lose out there, and wanted a low round. My game was feeling good, but couldn’t get the flat stick going, and finished off with a +2, 74 to drop to 55th place. I was disappointed to not climb the leader board at all, but happy to be playing weekend golf and get some confidence for Slovakia. I am now on my way there, on a bus which is meant to take around 9 hrs! Stacey Keating is a former Australian Amateur champion and National Squad member and is a current member of Golf Australia&aposs Rookie Professional Program.