There’s a different air of confidence when returning to a golf course you’ve played well at before. Dottie Ardina narrowly missed the top 25 at Thornberry Creek in her first appearance in 2017, carding a 68 in the effort.
As the filipina is battling to maintain her card, she made her first cut since the U.S. Women’s Open this week at Thornberry Creek with a T15 result.
“I feel like it’s a short game and iron approach shots. The greens are pretty soft, so you can always throw a dart. I really like the speed of the greens, I think it really fits me.”
That fit resulted in her career best effort of (-20) this week, capped off with a six under 66 on Sunday. She posted 25 birdies during her week.
She hit all 18 greens in her final round at the Oneida Nation. She listened to her caddy for the approach that led her to be so consistent this week.
“I have to be patient. Every hole, one shot at a time. Just stay focused and calm.”
It’s a temperament she’s looking to bring to the course for the remainder of the season.
“Just going to try to enjoy for the next few events, hopefully get more top 10 top 20s to bump up in the money list.”
She did not bask in the T15 result being a career best as she looks to improve going forward.
“I’ll take it, (-20) is not enough but it’s a good start for the next few weeks.”
Ardina looks to build on the effort next week at the Marathon Classic presented by Dana.