Here, American rookie professional Jessica Yadloczky reviews the last three weeks on the LET in Holland, Slovakia and Switzerland.
The last few weeks have been nothing less of a blessing. It all started in Holland when I eagled the last hole before the 36 hole cut was made and made it by 2. It was my first cut on the LET and it was the best feeling after a long month of the first 3 missed cuts (excluding the mini tour event I competed in a finished 16th) I went on in Holland to play the final round and was just so happy of making the cut, I lost focus the final day and finished almost last at T-57 but still with a paycheck.
The next event was in Slovakia and after the first practice round, I honestly was very intimidated by the layout of the course. Many girls had played in the event in previous years and had experience on the sloping elevations and hidden elephants under the greens. There was plenty of secrets I didnt know about. I was happily surprised when Danny and I made fairways and greens a PRIORITY and was at
-4 after 2 days! I played in the final group on the last day for the first time in a professional event and it was amazing! Its not a good idea to gawk at the scoreboards but I couldn't hide it. My last name was at the top of the leader board for 9 holes that day and I was on cloud 9 and proud when a little bit of reality hit me and sent me right back down to earth. I had a bad swing on the 11th making double and giving the momentum to Line Vedel from Denmark. She went on to win the event, leaving me in T-5. My first top 10.
This week at the Swiss Open, although I knew I was playing well. Hitting alot of my goals with statistics (fairways and greens) and the putter felt good as well, I had no expectations. This was the 3rd biggest tournament of the year and the field was just as strong. Thursday I posted a steady -2 and Friday, cruised right along with -1. I made my third cut in a row, but internally, that wasnt good enough. I had a chance to get into contention on Saturday and thats exactly what I did. Making my goal of the day 16 greens and trying to get to at least -7 to give it a chance at the win and I succeeded. I shot -7, 65 the third round and shot right up to the lead!!! I was an overnight leader coming into Sunday morning final round. Sleeping on the lead the night before the final round was NOT easy and found it hard to think about anything else. The hype was intense and I was looking forward to the win...too soon. I learned a very valuable lesson; its not over until the fat lady sings...or the last putt drops. Not to count your chickens before they hatch..and all those other corny jump to conclusion sayings. The hype was so high the night after I shot -7 and I mentally got ahead of myself. I was thinking about things in the future instead of staying in the present OFF THE COURSE. On the course was pretty good, but the night before was bad. It should have been treated like any other round because it wasnt over yet! Yes, I played well on saturday but that doesnt mean a thing! I am very grateful and blessed to have finished where I did, another top 10, hey, ill take it! But next time this does come around, Ill know how to handle sleeping on the lead. Its NOT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT until its over:)
Dont worry, I know im being hard on myself, but I am proud of myself for putting my self in contention 2 weeks in a row and plan on continuing to do so but you have to learn something from every round you play, right!? I becoming a better player and am excited for next week in Prague! We have been hearing at that it is a beautiful place and looking forward to seeing one more beautiful country before we head home on the 25th! It has been about 3 months and Danny and I are both looking forward to seeing our families and friends!
I am choosing to not do LPGA Q-school this year and want to continue growing on the LET for one more year. We will leave again around the 28th of July for 2 more months from Ireland, England, Austria, Portugal, and Spain and China at the end of October!
Thank you for ALL of your support. You have helped make my dreams come true and hard work pay off! Hope to see you all when we get back in July.