Even par days spell either frustration or relief for a player, especially in a pressure-packed situation like LPGA Q-Series. For Dewi Weber, her Thursday 72 was definitely the latter. It was a ho-hum day for the Netherlands native, who carded three bogeys and three birdies to post at -14 and sit in a tie for seventh. Though she’s well inside the top-45 and ties cut line at the moment (-3) and is pleased with grinding out an even score, the last rounds still left something to be desired for Weber ahead of Saturday.
“It was a bit of up and down today,” she said. “But I bounced back a couple times really well. I lost my confidence a little bit because it was a bit gusty; I hit four shots that would just go too far because the wind would die down, and that messed with my confidence a little bit hitting those shots again.
“Overall, I think I came back pretty strong. We'll just do the same thing we did today. Maybe get a little bit more lucky breaks every now and then, but I think the overall game is good. Going to hit the range a little bit and do some lag putts. That can definitely improve. I think we're in a good spot.”
Weber is no stranger to the stress of professional golf. She joined the Epson Tour in 2019 and throughout her three seasons has recorded 12 top-10s, with her career-best result a solo fourth at the 2020 Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship. The 25-year-old knows that mindset matters more than anything during these kinds of intense weeks and has taken steps to ensure that she doesn’t add any additional stress to an already full plate.
“This is going to sound dumb, but I deleted all social media,” said Weber. “I played poorly in Stage I my first day, and I was speaking to my roommate that week, Karen Chung, and we were both like, ‘We gotta cut the (crap) out’ so we deleted everything that had to do with Epson Tour or Q-School. Social media was part of that, and I thought that was super peaceful for me.
“Now I'm being more productive with my evenings. I'm actually winding down. I haven't looked at leaderboards at all because I thought it would freak me out. Considering the spot I am right it probably wouldn't really, but I know from experience if I were on the cut line that it gives me extra stress that I don't need. It's not going to be helpful for me at all.”