Following the team event, Hollis continued the progression with a week off at home in Ohio before traveling to Northern Ireland for the inaugural ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf Management.
“I went home, back to Cleveland and spent some time with the fam. Always good to hang out with them,” said Hollis, a two-time winner on the Epson Tour. “Cheered on my buddies at Evian like Lauren [Stephenson] and watched the last couple of rounds. It’s cool to see them play and do well. It inspires me, for sure. Lauren has been a great friend, talked with me a lot off the golf course.
“She has a lot of belief in herself and her game right now, it’s great energy to be around. Was definitely a fun time teaming up with her at the Dow [event].”
Hollis took another step forward today with a 3-under par 70 at Galgorm Castle Golf Club in the opening round. She collected five birdies including a bogey-free back nine. It was the first under-par round in a stroke play event for the second-year rookie since the third round of the Lotte Championship in March.“It felt great. I like this golf course [at Galgorm Castle] a lot,” Hollis said. “It was kind of rainy all day and really had to focus, but it was good.
“I shot under par at Dow, definitely felt good,” she said. “It has just been tough. I got into a really bad habit a year ago with my swing and I’ve been trying to get out of it. I feel like I’ve finally found something that has been working, so sticking to that. You start to hit it better and have to trust, remember those good rounds.”