Date: June 03, 2009

Whitney Hillier blog: The Old course in the breeze

Whitney Hillier writers en route to the Astor Salver: The St Rule Trophy was on the 30-31 May held at the home of golf, St Andrews, Scotland. We played 18 holes on the New Course and 36 on the Old Course. It was my third time playing at St Andrews and the experiences get better every time. I love the atmosphere of the town and course is just amazing. The first day was quite challenging, the wind picked up a lot and the greens were very hard so it was tough to stop the ball on the green! I had a score of 82 on the New, with a par 75 and was in the middle of the field, I had 3 birdies and an eagle in my round and finished 7 over so that explains a lot about how tough the course was playing with the wind! I took the birdie chances when I could! Second day was on the Old, we were very lucky to have perfect weather that day. Only a little fresh breeze all day it was great. I had scores of 75 (-1) and 73 (-3). I played really well and didn&apost miss a green but they are that big it&aposs hard to miss them. I was proud of only hitting one bunker the whole day and I still made birdie from that too! I had 9 birdies total in the 36 holes. I finished tied 8th overall, the winner (Kylie Walker, Scotland) scored -7 and defended her title which was good for her. The men have the Links Trophy at St Andrews which starts on the Thursday so hope the Aussies do well! I know they will love it just as much as the Aussie girls did! I had a quick look at the Castle Course which is the 7th one in St Andrews. It opened last year and it is awesome. Could&aposnt really describe how tough it would play- let&aposs say all the other six courses put together and then you have the Castle Course! Just amazing how much gorse and rough there is- extraordinary! On Wednesday (UK time) Julia, Stacey & Rebecca and I are playing in the Astor Salver held at the Royal Berkshire Golf Club. It is just 36 holes played in one day, the course is beautiful so I am looking forward to it.