Debbie’s ‘Carolina Clash’ writeup.
I am so excited about the Clash, my first real big tournament of the year. There are 9 advanced ladies that I had the honor of being a part of. They are all great, so I knew going into this one that I had to shoot great and stay strong all the way through. I got to play with Rachael Hudson and Michelle Horn the first round, then moved to the lead card and played with Sara Nicholson, Sue Smith & Heather Damron for round 2. I stayed on the lead card for the last two rounds along with Sara N., Heather D. and Michelle Horn.
Round 1 was at Nevin disc golf course and it is one of the most challenging courses in Charlotte. It is very long and heavily wooded. Overall I did well on this course. I had a couple holes I wish I could redo, but that’s okay. I shot a 73, which put me in 2nd place, out of 1st by 3. Trees happened, especially hole #5, where I couldn’t seem to find the fairway. My putting and approaching were both good. My round rating was 889, so that was a good start. I did get a birdie on hole 11. And I had a great card: Michelle Horn and Racheal Hudson.
Round 2 was at Hornet’s Nest, my home course. This started off on a very bad note. We are supposed to have 1 hour for lunch between rounds and it was not, so Stephanie Miller and I have to run (with all our gear) to our holes which were as far away as possible to start. We barely make it, but now I am totally whipped before I start. It took me two holes to settle down. But once I did, I did well. I shot a 65, rated 902 round, the best in adv. women. I got a birdie on hole 9. I was on the lead card and played with Sara, Sue and Heather. We had a rain delay for about 30 min, but were able to finish the course out before dark. So after Hornet’s Nest I was tied for 1st place with Sara Nicholson.
Round 3 was Sunday morning at Sugaw Creek. I felt great going into this round. I shot the best in advanced women again with a 59, 911 rated round. I only had one double bougy, hole 8 and had one birdie, hole 14. I played strong and solid. After this round I was in 1st place by 4.
Round 4 was also at Sugaw, but fatigue from staying up late the night before was starting to come in. I had a terrible start, two 5’s. I ended up getting three more 5’s during that round and only 1 birdie. I shot my worst round of the tournament and Sara beat me by 1 shot. Lesson learned – I must get my rest during tournaments. Party time comes after it’s over.
Overall, I am very pleased that I came in 2nd place at the Carolina Clash. This was a huge tournament, with almost 300 players in it. The courses were tough and so was the competition. I know what I need to work on and I will do better next time.