2009 Fan Diary - MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta

Karla reports from the MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta Presented by Nextel.

Final round

Today’s finish was by far one of the best we’ve had here at Bosque Real Country Club. Lorena was trailing the leaders but had some troubles on number 9. She played aggressive and her ball went into the water hazard, which put her farther from the leaders. Then again, a bogey on 10, but managed to close strong. I think this day’s back nine was her best of the tournament. She started with birdies at 12 and 13, and finished with a couple more on 17 and 18. The galleries went nuts and Lorena was just hoping that Yani or Pat fell back to force a playoff.

Yani was struggling with her putting; still she kept the first position of the tournament. On the 18th, she finally missed her approach and fell very short from the hole. She putted but she missed the cup and bogeyed. By that time, Hurst, Yani and Lorena were tied for the lead, but Hurst had a great chance to take the trophy home. Her birdie attempt was about three feet and she just rolled it in. The people were both happy and disappointed because for a minute a playoff was possible, so was her chance to win.

At the end, the mariachis came onto the green for the winner’s ceremony. Yani was inconsolable and Lorena was happy overall.

It was a great tournament, and I really hope you enjoyed this diary!

Second round.

Lorena did not play her best; still, she did manage to trail the leaders. Number 8 was the hardest hole for her. She had a double bogey and let me tell you she wasn’t very happy with this. Then she bogeyed 11 and finally had some birdies drop at 12 and 14.

I followed Paula Creamer’s group. She also had a tough day. Her putting was off and she was somewhat frustrated. Her caddie, Collin, was asking her to “calm down, that they could finish strong”; still, she bogeyed 15 and had some troubles at 18. She tried to get into the green with her second shot, but she felt short, and the ball was caught on the bunker. Finally she had a triple bogey.

Yani Tseng had a nice back nine, she was playing strong and finally the effort paid off, since she finished as the leader.

Round One

It’s been a great week here in Bosque Real I hit the course on Wednesday and Thursday for a couple of hours in the morning,. Lots of players were practicing and just getting ready both, for the Pro-Am and the tournament. Speaking of the Pro-Am, I must say I was amazed by the excitement the amateurs were showing. One of them even got a hole-in-one. What about that?

Anyways, today I came early to the course, around 7 a.m. I wanted to see how one of the Mexican amateurs’ did. I must say I was a bit disappointed. I follow her for five holes and that was it for me. Nevertheless, it’s important to say that she’s just 13 and I think it was a good experience for her, either to realize if she wants to give professional golf a shot or just to keep it going as an amateur.

The most important news of the day is, for sure, Lorena’s round. It’s the first time since 2005 that she scored under par on the first day. She eagled the par 5 9th and the gallery just went nuts!!! It was a great day for her and I really think she has a good chance to win this year.

About the weather, well, it’s been pretty hot, especially since yesterday night it was pouring rain in the area. So this truly affected the speed of the greens. Apparently, we won’t have more rain, but hot weather and altitude are still a factor.

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