Last week was our first tournament of the season, and although it did not go quite as I had planned, I was very happy to be out competing again. We were playing at Longbow golf club in Mesa, Arizona. The golf course was in great shape and the weather was perfect.
Overall, I felt really good about my game, I just had a couple of bad holes that cost me quite a number of shots, enough to miss the cut, unfortunately. However, because it was only two holes, I am able to take away mostly positives from the week. My swing felt great and I hit the ball well, just a few rusty shots here and there. My short game was a little disappointing on the first day as I struggled to get a feel for the greens with both my chipping and putting.
This resulted in a few strange chips and 3-putts. Playing under competitive pressure is definitely something that takes a little bit of time to adjust to again, and it shows on the short game more than anything.
At the beginning of this week, I was able to go and visit my older sister, Louise, and her husband, Guillaume, in Los Angeles, as they are currently living there. When I am so far from home, I always try to take the opportunity to visit family and friends when the opportunity arises. We were able to do quite of lot of things around the city. We went for a hike in the Hollywood hills, drove around the city and made a couple of stops in some nice coffee shops and restaurants.
I was lucky enough that it was the day after the Oscars, so I was able to see where the award ceremony took place and see the workers taking down the sets on Hollywood Blvd. I have never had an opportunity to experience anything like this, so it was certainly exciting!
On Tuesday, we spent the morning at the Santa Monica pier and Venice beach. It was great to see both these areas as they were away from the craziness of the city, and they each had their own quirkiness to them.
It's always nice to have the chance to get away from the golf course. When I spend hours practicing, it is mentally refreshing to do something fun when I can. LA is a city I have never had the chance to spend much time in, so it was really nice to have my sister and her husband show me around a little bit.
However, after a couple of days off, it was time to get back to business and focus on golf again.
We are in Beaumont, California, this weekend at the Tukwet Canyon Golf Club at Morongo (she carded a 3-over-par 74 in the first round). Wednesday I played a practice round and got a feel for the course, especially since I have never played it before. Thursday, I played in the pro-am. I had a really great time with my group this week. I always love doing pro-ams as it gives me a chance to meet new people and also have a fun, relaxed round before the tournament starts.
I feel great about this week and the main goal is to eliminate major mistakes. My caddy, Jeff, and I had a good discussion after last week's play about how we can improve on what we did wrong. It basically comes down to better course management. When you grow physically and mentally as a player, it is very important to keep adapting how you approach the golf course as well. We came to the conclusion that I have recently become too aggressive and can occasionally take too much on with certain shots.
So this week we are going to try and play a little bit more conservatively, where necessary, and see if this works well. I feel really good about this game plan as every other part of my game feels really good. Let's hope it pays off.
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Olivia Jordan-Higgins plays on the LPGA Symetra Tour and will be in the Self
Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Classic on May 4-10 at The
Links at Stoney Point.