It's been a while since my last blog, and a lot has happened. I got off to a great start on the Duramed FUTURES Tour. I won our second event, the Riviera Nayarit Challenge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The tournament was on the El Tigre course at the Paradise Village Resort, which was beautiful. The hotel was right on the beach and they had shuttles to and from the course so we didn't have to worry about a thing. The course was great, too. It was in wonderful condition with the greens rolling really well. I started off well with a 3-under 70, and shot a 2-under 71 the second day. I was still three back going into the final round on Sunday to Jennie Lee. Jennie and I had a great match going on the back nine, and I was able to have a one-stroke lead going into the last hole. The 18th was a long par 5 playing into the wind, with the pin tucked on the left side over a bunker. I remember being about 170 into the wind, so I decided to hit my new Cleveland 4-iron hybrid. Jenny was playing well, so I knew I needed to get it close in case she birdied. I hit it to about 18 feet right of the pin. Jenny ended up with par on the hole. Knowing I needed to 2-putt to win, my hands and arms couldn't stop shaking. Once I made my tap in for par, I felt the biggest sigh of relief come over me. It was an amazing feeling. It was such an amazing day, battling it out with a great player, getting my first big win, and being in Mexico! The only thing that would have been better was if my family had been there. I had turned my phone off all week, so I had only been emailing with my parents. When I called my house Sunday afternoon and said, "Hola" my mom started crying. My mom is a pretty emotional lady and I knew it was coming. My dad got on the phone and I could tell how exited and proud they were. Luckily, the next weekend was Easter and our family came over to our house and we celebrated then.
Now, we are four tournaments down, and it is the morning of the first round in San Antonio. The course, The Dominion, is AMAZING! It is in such great shape. The greens are fast and perfect. I played in Wednesday's pro-am with three guys from the KENS 5 news channel here in San Antonio. It was a cool pro-am, each group had two pros (Christie Cano was our other one) and three amateurs (the GM, the sports reporter, and the weatherman). Our team ended up getting 3rd place which was pretty good. They put the pins in some crazy spots on the fast greens. I am playing this afternoon and look forward to a great weekend. We are supposed to have good weather, (says Bill Taylor who I played with, but it's cloudy so far...). I like San Antonio a lot, but it doesn't like me. I never had allergies before, even growing up in Florida with all our pollen, but I have been sneezing like crazy all week! It looks like I've been crying, too. Hopefully it will be ok during the tournament.
Well, that's about all I have for now. Watch online at duramedfuturestour.com to watch the Texas Hill Country Classic.
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